How I’ve changed

In response to my last post in which I complained about not having an easy way of annotating my changes in views over the years I’ve been writing this blog, Nick B. asked a very reasonable question that, in answering, will provide an immediate (though temporary) solution. He asked me to mention a few subjects […]

Friday, April 29th, 2011

The Human Faces of God: apocalyptic contortions (part 2)

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 8: “Jesus Was Wrong” (part 2) As a preterist with a fully “realized eschatology”, I had no trouble with most of the discussion in the first part of my […]

Thursday, February 10th, 2011

The Human Faces of God: apocalyptic contortions (part 1)

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 8: “Jesus Was Wrong” (part 1) I am a full-on, unapologetic non-inerrantist, and I was before reading this book. I have long maintained that the Bible is made […]

Tuesday, February 8th, 2011

More reasons NOT to look like the early church

On a cue from Philip Harland, I found this remarkable passage showing an example of the perception that some pagans entertained of mid-second century Christians. It’s not pretty: [Cynics and Christians] divide and upset the household, and bring into collision those inside with each other, and tell them the worst ways to manage their household. […]

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2010

Jesus’ eschatology and me

A reader wrote in recently and asked some really good questions about my eschatology, which I have described on this blog as preteristic. Preterism is the belief that all (or most) of the eschatological expectations of the writers of Scripture were directed at the events culminating in the destruction of Jerusalem and the Jewish temple. […]

Friday, January 8th, 2010

Not historic, orthodox Christianity

Today Joel Watts posted a quote from one of the Early Church Fathers on the subject of the Eucharist (a.k.a. the Lord’s Supper or Communion): For not as common bread and common drink do we receive these; but in like manner as Jesus Christ our Savior, having been made flesh by the Word of God, had […]

Friday, December 18th, 2009

New world order

This post is prompted by two recent comments, from two different commenters on two different issues. But their answer, it seems to me, is related. I was asked, “Why wouldn’t Jesus say that evil would be forever dead instead of having this eternal fire to go to? Even if it was recognized as an exaggeration […]

Friday, October 31st, 2008