The recurring unrest with conservative readings of scripture from within conservative circles suggests that the paradigm is flawed.
Nature of the Bible
Any notion of, say, inspiration or revelation that seeks to gain traction cannot be formulated in blissful isolation from or in antagonism toward these 5 point. The ship has sailed, the horse is out of the barn, cats are beyond herding, worms are out of the can—pick your metaphor.
Any claim to what the Bible “teaches” us has to go beyond citing a lone verse or amassing several verses and move toward a deeper engagement.
As foolish as we may look in resisting the so-called “scientific consensus,” we are bound by Scripture.
The title of this post comes from something C. S. Lewis wrote somewhere.
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 […]