The title of this post comes from something C. S. Lewis wrote somewhere.
Nature of the Bible
The overarching problem is the assertion that Genesis is prepared to tell us how old the earth is.
OK, here’s the thing. Many Christians are taught to believe that keeping the Law of Moses is an all-or-nothing deal. And the fact that no one can actually keep all of the Law means that, well, if you try to keep it to please God, you’re doomed to failure. Christians get that idea from Paul, […]
If you know how Wikipedia works, you have a good idea of how the authorship of biblical books went down: an anonymous text is added to over time, but none of the additions are screaming for individual recognition. Benjamin Sommer explains the phenomenon this way: As Walter Jackson Bate and Harold Bloom have shown, poets since […]
As I’m sitting here, the thought strikes me, “My, Pete, you do write a lot about the Bible. Aren’t you tired? Don’t you want to move on? Maybe make some money, finally?” Yes, sometimes, to all those. But what motivates me to do what I do is a spiritual/intellectual quest to answer (or at least have an answer I am […]
God reveals. The biblical writers interpret God’s revelation. Those interpretations eventually become the Bible. The fact that different writers are interpreting God’s revelation at different times, for different reasons, and for different circumstances accounts for why the Bible contains diverse and contradictory points of view. In a nutshell, that is one of the core points Benjamin D. Sommer […]
I deeply respect Scripture, but I am not an inerrantist. I have several reasons for this, but it comes down to two things: The Bible as a whole (rather than a prooftext or two) doesn’t support inerrancy. The history of Jewish and Christian interpretation of the Bible doesn’t support inerrancy. I write quite a bit about the […]
Some of you may not be aware, but I write a lot on God, Jesus, the Bible, and things of that sort. I also find—as do others—that every once in a teensy weensy while I get criticized for what I say, which, as I never grow tired of saying, is par for the course. If […]
This is no official word from above (unlike most of my blog posts). Just my opinion. Here are the two issues that I think are very important for how we think about Christian faith and how the Bible fits into that. Many would like absolute clarity on these issues, but that clarity does not exist. […]
I don’t think the Bible works well as a rule book for Christians, nor do I think, as a collection of writings, it is meant to be corralled into a work of so-called “systematic theology.” The diversity, contradictions, and internal debates and critiques of Scripture, which are so much of the character of Scripture, are lost […]