“God does not take away life”: a case of confirmation bias?

To get much out of this post, you need to read or already be familiar with the following story from 2 Samuel 14.1-14: Now Joab son of Zeruiah perceived that the king’s mind was on Absalom. Joab sent to Tekoa and brought from there a wise woman. He said to her, ‘Pretend to be in mourning; […]

Wednesday, December 22nd, 2010

On judging Scripture (and finding it wanting) — TIL #4: “Pray for You”

At the suggestion of a certain rather busy diplomat, I decided to treat this trending ditty as a Theologically Interesting Lyric. It is indeed theologically interesting, because it dovetails into my recent discussions about contrasts in the OT writers’ conceptions of God and those of some of the NT writers. First the song: “Pray for […]

Tuesday, August 24th, 2010

God’s love vs. God’s wrath; or, when a doctrine’s unpalatability suggests its reexamination

Michael Patton, a man I respect immensely, has just reminded his readers that, “The palatability of a doctrine does not determine its veracity.” This is a principle based in logic, of course. As a case in point (which was probably also his post’s inspiration), he brings up many Christians’ emphasis on the love of God […]

Monday, July 19th, 2010