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Getting Judaism, and Jesus, Wrong

(60) Comments | Posted January 17, 2014 | 12:01 PM

Once again, in the attempt to make Jesus relevant to the twenty-first century, another of his followers winds up mischaracterizing first-century Judaism. These seekers after relevance make Jesus' Jewish context represent everything we don't like -- sexism, elitism, militarism, you name it -- and then depict Jesus as...

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What Does the Bible Say About Creation and Evolution?

(4387) Comments | Posted November 25, 2011 | 8:55 PM

For more than a century the creation vs. evolution debate has raged in numerous countries, nowhere more strongly than in the United States and the United Kingdom. Its sensationalist forms are fodder for the media: the Scopes "Monkey Trial" in 1925, the Arkansas trial of 1981, the "Intelligent Design" notion,...

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Biblical Views of God

(1376) Comments | Posted November 19, 2011 | 1:16 AM

The claims are familiar: humanity could not control nature, did not understand conception or birth, and feared death, and so we invented a God that brought order to chaos, purpose to life and comfort in death. Next, we developed religion to placate the God we invented to assuage our fears...

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The Bible and Sexuality

(1694) Comments | Posted November 13, 2011 | 7:01 AM

The culture wars over family values have yet to reach détente and will not until the messiah comes (or returns, depending on the reader's affiliation). Battles continue over women's equality vs. a wife's graceful submission, no-fault divorce vs. attempts to strengthen marital bonds, the ordaining of gays and lesbians and...

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Biblical Israel's History Viewed From Inside and Out

(270) Comments | Posted November 12, 2011 | 5:13 AM

The Bible gives the impression of being grounded in history. The story of the Israelites unfolds chronologically from creation to the Hellenistic occupation during the fourth to first centuries BCE. A rich assortment of stories, poetry, laws and prophecies reinforces the sense of historicity.

So it can be disconcerting...

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