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Greg Carey
Greg Carey is Professor of New Testament at Lancaster Theological Seminary (PA). He has written and edited books on the Gospel of Luke, contemporary biblical interpretation, apocalyptic literature, and the role of sin in Christian imagination. He has appeared on the PBS, BBC, Discovery Channel, and National Geographic Channel. A layperson, Greg serves as Scholar in Residence at Lancaster’s Evangelical Church of the Holy Trinity.

Entries by Greg Carey

The Bible & Sex: A Case Study

(1) Comments | Posted August 15, 2014 | 2:34 PM

I recently found myself in a debate about the Bible and sexual ethics. That's not rare: although I've devoted little of my academic writing to it, I read, write and speak on the subject often. I'd made two points in that conversation. First, the Bible doesn't offer a clear or...

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At War With Ourselves

(2) Comments | Posted June 30, 2014 | 10:44 AM

Frustrated with the gun violence...

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The Biblical Job and Robert E. Lee

(12) Comments | Posted May 23, 2014 | 9:00 PM

If ever we met a tragic hero, it would be Job. I like Job too. I admire him. But this week I noticed something about Job that complicates my relationship with him. Job holds something in common with Robert E. Lee: They both owned slaves.

Both Job and Lee faced...

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'A Letter to My Congregation': An Evangelical Pastor Addresses the LGBTQ Question

(41) Comments | Posted April 23, 2014 | 3:11 PM

Ken Wilson, founding pastor of Ann Arbor's Vineyard Church, has just authored the best book available for folks who want to explore LGBT inclusion in the church.

Wilson's book, A Letter to My Congregation, sets itself apart by foregrounding his role as a pastor. The church sexuality debates,...

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Seeing and Believing at Easter Time (John 20:1-18)

(7) Comments | Posted April 15, 2014 | 10:05 AM

People tell us about their belief in...

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What Did Eve Want? (Genesis 2:15-17; 3:1-7)

(109) Comments | Posted March 3, 2014 | 4:12 PM

The legacy of Eve continues to permeate...

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Dr. King on Conflict

(0) Comments | Posted February 3, 2014 | 2:25 PM

Lately I've been working on self-improvement. In particular, I'm trying to eliminate a certain snarkiness to which we academics are particularly vulnerable. I don't like that about myself. I can also be too judgmental. And again with the academics, sometimes I just enjoy seeing the other side of things. If...

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The Key Passage in Church LGBTQ Debates

(308) Comments | Posted January 16, 2014 | 6:22 PM

This week the Boston Globe asked the question "Can the evangelical church embrace gay couples?" Now that most mainline Christians decline to label LGBTQ folk as a special class of sinners, and now that the larger society has less patience for sexual intolerance than it once did, the...

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Kate Cooper Introduces Early Christian Women

(1) Comments | Posted January 6, 2014 | 2:35 PM

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I don't quite know another book like this one. Kate Cooper's Band of Angels introduces us to dozens of early Christian women from the church's first five centuries. Historians will recognize many of them, seminary graduates and religious studies majors may...

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How People Come to Faith

(42) Comments | Posted January 2, 2014 | 9:30 AM

I don't recall meeting a person who had reasoned her way to faith.

Surely some people do. The great C. S. Lewis claimed to have come to faith through an intellectual journey. Augustine's Confessions weaves his own philosophical quest with relationships and personal experiences. For my part, I've probably forgotten...

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The H-Word and Why We Need It

(0) Comments | Posted December 22, 2013 | 8:14 PM

Lots of conversation is swirling around Phil Robertson of the popular cable show Duck Dynasty. In a recent GQ interview Robertson put his opposition to homosexuality on record (along with some equally scary comments about race). Pursuant to a public outcry, the A&E network has suspended Robertson. As...

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Weaponizing Santa, Weaponizing Jesus

(93) Comments | Posted December 15, 2013 | 6:03 PM

Last week Fox News' Megyn Kelly created a stir by claiming, "Santa just is white," then following up by ascribing whiteness to the historical figures of both Jesus and Santa. The resulting storm included accusations that Kelly is a racist, along with Kelly's own non-apology: she...

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Being Evangelical

(89) Comments | Posted November 19, 2013 | 4:59 PM

I cried -- a lot -- at my daughter's baptism. The moment so moved me because it marked a moment at which Emily publicly owned her Christian faith. Her mom and I did not baptize Emily as an infant because our Baptist background teaches that baptism marks a person's confession...

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James and Paul

(38) Comments | Posted November 13, 2013 | 5:02 PM

One common take on Christian origins pits James the brother of Jesus against the Apostle Paul. We find this view in Reza Aslan's bestselling Zealot, which has led to my fielding a couple of questions from friends. According to this view James led the very Jewish Jesus movement...

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Self-Help and the Gospel

(66) Comments | Posted November 6, 2013 | 12:37 PM

A Joel Osteen tweet crossed my Twitter feed the other day: "You were not created to be unhappy in order to keep everyone else happy. You've got to run your own race."


I couldn't resist the temptation to reply: "That's fine self-help,...

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All the Saints: (Luke 6:20-31)

(24) Comments | Posted October 28, 2013 | 9:41 AM

Seniors talk...

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The Social Shape of Divine Generosity (Luke 12:32-40)

(39) Comments | Posted August 5, 2013 | 11:19 AM


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Reza Aslan on Jesus: A Biblical Scholar Responds

(1036) Comments | Posted July 30, 2013 | 9:25 PM

Reza Aslan's Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth has taken off as a cultural phenomenon. Just two weeks after Aslan's interview on NPR's "Fresh Air," his interpretation of Jesus' life and intentions has attained number one status on bestseller lists. A ridiculously hostile FOXNews

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The Zimmerman Verdict and the Unity of the Church

(160) Comments | Posted July 15, 2013 | 8:01 AM

We're hearing it over and over again: an enormous chasm separates white and black Americans when it comes to the matter of Trayvon Martin's death and George Zimmerman's culpability. If my social media feeds can substitute for scientific evidence, by far most of my African American friends believe Zimmerman should...

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How Do We Know About Heaven?

(1182) Comments | Posted July 11, 2013 | 9:49 AM

In his bestseller Proof of Heaven, Dr. Eben Alexander recounts his journey to heaven during a near-death experience. But a recent blockbuster Esquire story by Luke Dittrich casts profound suspicion upon Alexander's account. Alexander, Dittrich reports, has a documented history of altering patients' records when facing...

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