Believing in the Resurrection

Diglotting has another excellent post up called, “Why I Believe in the Resurrection“. I’ve been thinking along these lines myself lately (as so often happens with Kevin’s posts). Do read it! But while I’m largely in hearty agreement with the post, I figured I’d push back a little regarding the following remarks: I have seen […]

Wednesday, April 4th, 2012

Star Trek: Resurrection (fun with continuity errors)

This last week’s episode of the Unbelievable? radio show was a rerun, but a good one to listen to (if you’re patient, that is). It was a conversation between apologist Jay Smith and atheist Stephen Pilcher concerning the so-called “Easter Challenge“: can you weave together all the NT accounts of that seminal event in Christian […]

Wednesday, June 8th, 2011

Paul Copan and the epic fail known as “apologetics”

Thom Stark has just published an extensive critical review of Paul Copan’s recent book, Is God a Moral Monster? Making Sense of the Old Testament God. Is Paul Copan a moral thinker? And I do mean “extensive”: by page count, the review is actually longer than the original book. But most messes take longer to clean up than […]

Tuesday, April 26th, 2011

Copan defending the indefensible, again: Unbelievable indeed

When Justin Brierley, host of the UK radio show Unbelievable?, told us of an upcoming show that would pit the author of Is God a Moral Monster?, Paul Copan, against atheist humanist Norman Bacrac on the subject of Copan’s book, I fired off an email in protest. I was afraid that, if one non-ANE scholar claiming […]

Tuesday, April 12th, 2011

“We might not like it, but it’s in the Bible, so…”

I’m very much disturbed to see how often it is that Christians are so devoutly interested in upholding their scriptures that they don’t mind if either God or neighbor gets black and blue in the process. The trick to being an evangelical these days seems to be the willingness to maintain that evil is not […]

Monday, March 21st, 2011

The Human Faces of God: the God-sized hole in the Conquest narratives

Review: The Human Faces of God: What Scripture Reveals When It Gets God Wrong (and Why Inerrancy Tries to Hide It) Author: Thom Stark Wipf and Stock, 2010 Chapter 6: “Blessing the Nations” Why would God have ordered the systematic massacre of whole people groups, including women and children? Could He maintain a reasonable expectation of being […]

Friday, January 7th, 2011

“Total war” or just plain old war?

Apologist Matt Flannagan once again defends God against the charge of commanding the Israelites to commit genocide against the Canaanites. Not including the final sentence, his concluding statement articulates a very important reminder about the importance of recognizing the Bible as a product of ANE literature: Consequently, if one does not read the texts in […]

Monday, August 2nd, 2010