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Quote of the day: James F. McGrath explains Proverbs 10:17 to fundamentalists

‘Fundamentalism seems to me to be more about pride than anything else.  It is a well known fact that people who adhere to inerrancy draw very different conclusions about what Scripture means.  In spite of that, more often than not among … Continue reading

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Quote of the day: Craig S. Keener on women’s ordination and ministry in the Christian Church

‘Most of those who oppose women’s ordination do not follow biblical instructions to greet one another with holy kisses or wear head coverings in church.  Most recognize that these were cultural expressions of principles (such as friendly greetings) that may … Continue reading

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A good rule when encountering (what appear to be) errors or contradictions in the Bible

‘It is best . . . in all such cases to leave the discrepancy unsolved rather than to solve it by unnatural and forced constructions.  A difficulty may admit of explanation, although we may not be able to explain it, and … Continue reading

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The tale of Jephthah

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Quote of the day: James McGrath on who really has a “high view of Scripture”

‘Anyone who thinks that taking a supposedly “high view of Scripture” makes matters simpler and serious theological problems vanish must not have given much serious thought to the matter.  And that is perhaps the heart of the problem: those who … Continue reading

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Are the Gospels based on Pagan myths?

Were the Gospels Based on Pagan Myths? No, responds Timothy Paul Jones.  Read his article, linked to above, if you are interested in the subject.  It’s well worth your reading time.  He concludes with some excellent advice: What should you do … Continue reading

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Have you ever considered: What did Jesus do on Holy Saturday?

What did Jesus do on Holy Saturday? Roman Catholic, Eastern Orthodox and most mainline Protestant churches teach that Jesus descended to the realm of the dead on Holy Saturday to save righteous souls, such as the Hebrew patriarchs, who died … Continue reading

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Quote of the day: William Barclay on ‘problem texts’ in the Bible

‘We may sometimes feel that there are certain parts of the Bible with which we are out of sympathy; if we study these parts they will often be the very parts which end up giving us the richest harvest.’ ~ … Continue reading

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Pic of the day: The Book of Joshua by Jim LePage

Jim LePage writes: Joshua is a brutal book.  It’s filled with death and destruction.  On multiple occasions, the Israelites go into cities and kill every living thing.  Men, women, children, animals . . . “not sparing anyone that breathed.”  All at … Continue reading

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Britain’s proactive thought-police always alert and on the job of keeping the streets and cafes publicly secular

Police ban the Bible from Christian ‘Salt & Light’ café Police in Lancashire have told the owner of a Christian café to stop displaying Bible texts on a video screen, because it breaches public order laws. Officers attended the Salt & … Continue reading

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Quote of the day: G. K. Chesterton on science and the Fall of humanity

‘How could physical science prove that man is not depraved?  You do not cut a man  open to find his sins.  You do not boil him until he gives forth the unmistakable  green fumes of depravity.  How could physical science … Continue reading

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A simple explanation of the Synoptic Problem

If you’re an intellectually engaged, theologically minded Christian, sooner or later you’ll come across something known as the ‘Synoptic Problem’.  It’s almost unavoidable and discussions of it can get complicated very quickly.  A simple, straightforward outline can be found here: Which theory do you think … Continue reading

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Quote of the day: David Steinmetz contrasts the medieval and modern theories of biblical interpretation

‘The medieval theory of levels of meaning in the biblical text, with all its undoubted defects, flourished because it is true, while the modern theory of a single meaning, with all its demonstrable virtues is false.’ ~ David Steinmetz

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A Pope who says “Read the Bible” is a Pope that Protestants can praise and do serious business with!

Take scripture on holiday, says Pope His suggestion to “include a copy of the Sacred Scriptures in our suitcase” follows on from his call last year for Catholics to become more familiar with the Bible. Speaking to Vatican Television, Fr … Continue reading

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John Stott, who died today, on the modern world, authority and relevance

‘The modern world detests authority but worships relevance . . . Our Christian conviction is that the Bible has both authority and relevance . . . and that the secret of both is Jesus Christ.’ ~ John Stott More: Enormously … Continue reading

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Those who read the Bible frequently become more concerned about poverty, conservation and civil liberties

Frequent Bible Reading Tied to Social Justice, Openness to Science A new study by Baylor University researcher Aaron Franzen found frequent Bible reading predicted greater support for issues ranging from the compatibility of science and religion to more humane treatment of … Continue reading

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Quote of the day: Dr. John Polkinghorne on the first chapters of Genesis

‘The Bible is very important to me, but it is very important to recognize that the Bible is not a book.  The Bible is a library.  It has all sorts of different kinds of writing in it — it has … Continue reading

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Science, faith, and J. I. Packer’s Chicago Statement on Biblical Inerrancy, by Peter Enns

Science, Faith, and the Chicago Statement on Biblical Inerrancy “God is ‘Truth’”: The First Summary Statement of CSBI Imprecise Language about the Bible’s Authority: The Second Summary Statement of CSBI The Scope of the Bible’s Authority: CSBI Summary Statements 3 … Continue reading

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Arrogant atheists latch on to Harold Camping’s ‘May 21 Rapture’ idiocy to take cheap shots at ordinary Christians

The Rapture aside, America’s evangelical Christians deserve a little respect by Tim Stanley Across the United States, atheists are gathering at Rapture parties to celebrate another day of life on this corrupted Earth.  Their joy at Camping’s error is plain mean.  While … Continue reading

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Photographs of the day: The May 21 ‘Rapture’ spoofs

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Disillusioned: Robert Fitzpatrick, who spent his $140,000 life savings on advertising the ‘May 21 Rapture’

Disillusioned: Robert Fitzpatrick, who spent his $140,000 life savings on ads to spread the word of the Rapture, believed that it would happen at 6pm on May 21, but unfortunately for him it didn’t. In New York’s Times Square, Robert … Continue reading

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May 21st is over and there’s been no ‘Rapture’: I wonder how this young man feels now?

More: Robert Fitzpatrick has spent his life savings, $140,000, on advertising Harold Camping’s May 21 ‘Rapture’ rubbish

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Fundamentalist hypocrite Tim ‘Left Behind’ LaHaye accuses Harold Camping of “trivializing” Rapture prophecy

Tim LaHaye Against “Trivializing” Bible Prophecy Stern words from Tim LaHaye: The Rev. Tim LaHaye, co-author of the “Left Behind” series of Christian prophecy novels, said [Harold] Camping “trivializes the very serious study of Bible prophecy by ignoring Jesus’ statement … Continue reading

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Damian Thompson on why Harold Camping (and the rest of the Rapturists) are fundamentally boring

‘Just because people say they “believe” that such-and-such a thing will happen in the End Times that doesn’t mean they invest heavily in those colourful beliefs.  It’s a sort of spiritual hobby, even entertainment.  St Augustine told doomsday enthusiasts to … Continue reading

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Fundamentalist Watch: Who is Harold Camping and why would anyone believe a word he says?

Judgement day: Who is Harold Camping? More: Robert Fitzpatrick has spent his life savings, $140,000, on advertising Harold Camping’s May 21 ‘Rapture’ rubbish

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