Archive for the 'Scripture' Category

How fallen are our wills?

Is God’s morality so foreign to us that it can be expected to get mistaken for immorality by even devout followers of Jesus? In my last post I began discussing this thorny question by ruling out the claim that the tension between the Old and New Testament conceptions of God’s nature is only apparent; while it is certainly […]

Wednesday, August 12th, 2015

Does God play by the same rules?

Are you one of those who finds it difficult to reconcile many of the acts attributed to God within the Hebrew scriptures with the dominant picture of God painted by the life and teachings of Jesus? If so, you’re not alone. I’ve talked about this problem extensively in the past, but I return to it again because, […]

Tuesday, July 28th, 2015

The Bible is history…a more important kind of history

When reading Scripture this way, as a history lesson about its authors and audiences, we are finally learning useful truth rather than trivial data from our forebears in the faith.

Wednesday, August 29th, 2012

Jesus the Tanakh-thumper?

Would Jesus agree that the Bible should be our “infallible rule of faith and practice”?

Wednesday, August 15th, 2012

The Bible’s “Word of God” isn’t the Protestant’s “Word of God”

We’ve got to be careful when selecting the verses we’re going to allow as prooftexts that Jesus thought of the Bible (or the part of it that was available at the time) as “the Word of God” in the popular Protestant understanding of that term. One passage frequently brought up to demonstrate Jesus’ biblicism is […]

Tuesday, August 7th, 2012

Was Jesus an inerrantist?

People commonly appeal to Jesus’ words in the Gospels as authoritative evidence shoring up their beliefs about the inerrancy and authority of Scripture. If Jesus believed that the Bible was the Word of God, then he believed it was inerrant, and if he believed it was inerrant, it’s inerrant. Q.E.D. Right? I’m going to explore […]

Thursday, July 26th, 2012

Why are you an inerrantist?

If I were to ask you why you believe in inerrancy, would you answer with any of the following? 1) The Bible affirms that it is inerrant. 2) It’s a logical inference from other things I believe (e.g. about God’s perfection). 3) Without a perfect record of divine revelation, anything goes. What’d be the point? […]

Wednesday, June 20th, 2012