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Biblical Interpretation

A Good Thing about That Emoji Bible

Kristin M. Swenson, Ph.D. | Posted 06.03.2016 | Religion
Kristin M. Swenson, Ph.D.

One of my favorite questions as a Bible-scholar-lady is "So, what's the best translation?" I love this question not only because it opens the door to ...

Wicked Theology

Greg Carey | Posted 05.20.2016 | Religion
Greg Carey

Let's be honest. All Christians interpret Scripture in conversation with their social and political commitments.

Kirk Cameron and the Mental Gymnastics of Interpreting the Bible

Jennifer G. Bird | Posted 05.05.2016 | Religion
Jennifer G. Bird

Earlier this week, Kelly Ladd Bishop wrote an editorial responding to Kirk Cameron's claims about marriage and Biblical relationships. While Cameron's...

The Bible Unlocked: The Word

Kristina Kaine | Posted 03.01.2016 | Religion
Kristina Kaine

"Every one should consider his body as a priceless gift from one whom he loves above all, as a marvelous work of art, of undescribable beauty and mast...

Jake Myers Wants You to Make Love with Scripture

Greg Carey | Posted 01.15.2017 | Religion
Greg Carey

Myers writes with a distinctive, glib, even hip style. Imagine conversations at a coffee shop, or maybe in the gym's free weights section, and you get the picture. He freely mixes examples from pop culture, mixes hashtags and acronymns into his prose.

Stones, Hearts, and Lottery Tickets

Jonah C. Steinberg | Posted 01.14.2017 | Religion
Jonah C. Steinberg

Some 371 million Powerball tickets were sold last week, and to all but an astronomically fortunate and minuscule number of individuals, the universe seemed to return an answer of, "No, not you."

All Sins Are Not Equal

Michael W. Austin | Posted 01.05.2017 | Religion
Michael W. Austin

One regrettable trend in many parts of the contemporary American Christian church is the propagation of "Christian" clichés that are neither Christian nor true. One of these is the idea that no sin is greater than any other sin. From God's perspective, they are all equally bad.

Of Female Action Figures

Jonah C. Steinberg | Posted 01.01.2017 | Religion
Jonah C. Steinberg

Parts of the Internet erupted in a furor this holiday season when it transpired that a boxed set of action figures depicting characters from Star Wars: The Force Awakens omitted a figurine of Rey, the female lead of the film, the series' new hero.

Sovereignty: Delights and Dangers

Jonah C. Steinberg | Posted 11.27.2016 | Religion
Jonah C. Steinberg

More and more I believe that the only territory in which one truly can cause the Divine to reign is the kingdom of one's own heart.

Waking to the Human Work-in-Progress

Jonah C. Steinberg | Posted 11.20.2016 | Religion
Jonah C. Steinberg

(Image by the Author) "From the mouths of infants and sucklings, You have founded strength, for the ending of Your foes, to cause enemy and avenger t...

Because It's 5776

Jonah C. Steinberg | Posted 11.13.2016 | Religion
Jonah C. Steinberg

Justin Trudeau, the new 43 year old Prime Minister of Canada, when asked by a reporter why it was important to him that his newly announced cabinet wa...

Can Evangelicals and Christians Coexist in America?

Derek Penwell | Posted 06.09.2016 | Religion
Derek Penwell

I just read an article entitled, "Can Gays and Christians Coexist in America?" Once again, I find myself annoyed by the presumption--the enduring arrogance present in unself-critically asserting that the "Christian position" with respect to LGBTQ people is by definition condemnatory.

Death Penalty: 'Civilized' Vengeance or Biblical Contradiction?

Lorraine Devon Wilke | Posted 05.15.2016 | Religion
Lorraine Devon Wilke

The Boston bomber, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, has been sentenced to death. The 21-year-old man who accompanied his brother on a journey of violence and terrorism will now live out the years of his appeals process until a lethal injection is administered to end his life. Certainly there are no winners.

Why Christians Fight About What the Bible Says

Rebecca Todd Peters | Posted 05.07.2016 | Religion
Rebecca Todd Peters

As a Christian ethicist and an ordained Presbyterian minister, I value the Bible a great deal. I study it often and read it with my children. I think the real source of disagreement within Christianity is how we approach the Bible.

Is the King Solomon Story Really About Mediating or Judging?

Mark Baer | Posted 06.27.2015 | Divorce
Mark Baer

It's amazing how many ways Biblical text can be interpreted and the fact that the same people are willing to interpret the exact same text differently for their own selfish and self-serving purposes, as the need arises.

Why Proof-Texting Is Not Like Other Sins

Zack Hunt | Posted 06.27.2015 | Religion
Zack Hunt

Proof-texting is an intentionally deceptive practice that offers out of context proof while ignoring the greater witness of scripture and any other evidence that might rufute the desired (and predetermined) theological conclusion.

Exodus the Movie, God, and the Power of Stories

Kristin M. Swenson, Ph.D. | Posted 03.18.2015 | Religion
Kristin M. Swenson, Ph.D.

Let me say right off the top that this post isn't so much about the movie Exodus as it is about God... and story. Still, I should probably warn, "spoiler alert."

When Sacred Texts Say Terrible Things

Howard J. Curzer | Posted 03.05.2015 | Religion
Howard J. Curzer

The morally problematic passages in the Constitution have been overturned by various amendments and laws; similarly, one should not criticize contemporary religions on the basis of problematic passages within their sacred texts, if those passages have been rejected or nullified.

Three Things So Obvious That the Bible Left Them Out

Dr. Joel Hoffman | Posted 02.18.2015 | Religion
Dr. Joel Hoffman

And King Herod's appearance in Matthew 2 explains the context of Jesus's arrival on earth. But these and many other central facts about the Bible's narrative escape the modern Bible reader.

Abraham Discovers the God of the Philosophers -- The Third Installment in a Weekly Parsha Series

Rabbi Shmuley Boteach | Posted 01.03.2015 | Religion
Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

We read of Abraham, the first Jew, and the first to discover a Creator. For a moment, let us contrast God's revelation at Sinai when He gave the Torah and revealed Himself to all as Master of the Universe, with Abraham's self-discovery of God in his youth.

Free the Bible!

Pete Enns | Posted 11.23.2014 | Religion
Pete Enns

In our efforts to defend the Bible, we have gone too far. While strenuously believing in the Bible, we have made ourselves incapable of reading what it actually says. We have domesticated God's revolutionary Word, turning it into a human-made idol.

10 Signs You Take The Bible Too Literally

Pete Enns | Posted 11.09.2014 | Religion
Pete Enns

1. You laugh when you read about dinosaur fossils, because you know they are really God's little inside joke to confuse atheists.

Historical Jesus? Not So Fast.

Chris Sosa | Posted 11.02.2014 | Science
Chris Sosa

In recent days, protesters have taken to defending opposing moral positions by claiming Jesus held their viewpoint. Aside from the obvious problem of using a single historical figure as a moral barometer, there's another troubling issue at hand.

An Atheist's (Somewhat) Relaxed View of the Qur'an

Ronald A. Lindsay | Posted 10.01.2014 | Religion
Ronald A. Lindsay

Objectively, there's no denying that today Islamic extremism poses more of a threat than other types of religious fanaticism. There are complex historical, social, and cultural reasons for this. But this is not a matter of the text of the Qur'an being inherently more susceptible to intolerant interpretations than the Bible.

What Did Dave Brat Learn in Seminary?

Kate Blanchard | Posted 08.18.2014 | Religion
Kate Blanchard

In fact, everything I learned at Princeton Seminary points me away from what I see as the moral laziness of libertarianism, in which I take care of me and nobody else.