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Biblical Literalism

Pope Sees Sacred Writers in Dreams?

J. H. McKenna, Ph.D. | Posted 04.23.2016 | Religion
J. H. McKenna, Ph.D.

A story is circulating that in a recent dream the Pope saw original scripture writers in the act, and this might enlighten us.

Bald Jokes, Biblical Authority, and Calling off the Bears

Samuel L. Adams | Posted 04.08.2016 | Religion
Samuel L. Adams

In a sense, we have unleashed bears in our time, and this brings me to Donald Trump. His inability to withstand criticism and kneejerk tendency to belittle anyone who disagrees with him through name-calling, misogyny, religious bigotry, and race-baiting that is eerily reminiscent of George Wallace have poisoned our political discourse.

Switching From Biblical End Times To The Doomsday Scenarios of Climate Science

Mike Sandler | Posted 02.15.2016 | Politics
Mike Sandler

The early Republican Presidential caucuses and primaries have put a spotlight on evangelical religious voters, reminding the secular (scientifically literate) community of the differences between their worldview and the one held by the Religious Right.

Myth: The Bible is the Word of God

Christian Chiakulas | Posted 10.08.2015 | Religion
Christian Chiakulas

The truth is that the bible is a human product, each book written in a time and place for a specific audience, by authors who were shaped by their experiences of God.

The Biblical Problem With Kentucky Clerk Kim Davis' Opposition To Same-Sex Marriage Licenses

Zack Hunt | Posted 09.02.2015 | Religion
Zack Hunt

Since being faithful is clearly the driving force behind Ms. Davis' actions, it seems to me that she'd want to be consistent, rather than just picking and choosing the parts of the Bible she likes. Unfortunately for her, Romans 13 presents a conundrum for government employees like Davis.

In Defense of Cherry Picking the Bible

Valerie Tarico | Posted 05.19.2016 | Religion
Valerie Tarico

People accuse each other of cherry picking sacred texts, as if the term was an insult. But for those seeking to honor the quest of the Bible writers or to raise healthy children within a Christian tradition, that is precisely the right approach.

Is Masturbation a Sin?

Angela Jamene | Posted 04.21.2015 | Religion
Angela Jamene

Look. No one wants to hear what they can or cannot do with their body. We came by free will in the hardest way and we feel like we've earned it. "This is my life!" But, the whole free will thing isn't without its catches.

Questioning Genocide and Slavery in the Bible

Derek Flood | Posted 03.07.2015 | Religion
Derek Flood

There are a number of things in the Bible that should trouble any reader. We find in its pages things like genocide, gang rape, and slavery -- not only being sanctioned, but at times even being commanded.

Violence-Loving Conservatives, Cherry-Picking Liberals, And Why We All Need to Learn to Read Scripture Like Jesus

Derek Flood | Posted 02.17.2015 | Religion
Derek Flood

We will need to demonstrate that there are viable nonviolent means of dealing with societal problems--ways that are not only effective, but in fact more effective than violence is at resolving conflict, and keeping us safe as a society.

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.

Christianity and Modern Science

Victor Stenger | Posted 06.21.2014 | Science
Victor Stenger

There are many conflicts between science and basic Christian beliefs that are irreconcilable. Science is not likely to change to accommodate Christianity. If Christianity changes to accommodate science, it will be difficult to still call it Christianity.

Is the Bible Literally True? No, of Course Not!

Steve McSwain | Posted 05.14.2014 | Religion
Steve McSwain

If you are a Biblical literalist, as some of you may be, what I've just said most likely bothers you greatly. You believe, not only that the Bible is Divinely-dictated and error-free, but you also believe that whatever it says must be taken as literally and factually true.

No One Cares About Your Damn Religion

Larry Womack | Posted 04.13.2014 | Politics
Larry Womack

Was the Christian God cool with slavery? Slave owners sure thought so -- and had plenty of Biblical canon to support it. Abolitionists disagreed. Did God want women to vote? Not according to anti-suffragists. Suffragists were convinced otherwise.

Three Reasons Why Evolution Will Never Convince a Creationist

Jennifer G. Bird | Posted 04.08.2014 | Religion
Jennifer G. Bird

To be honest, I think that we need to have a very different kind of a conversation about "origins" than what was had Tuesday night. I think that the entire conversation needs to be focused on what the Bible is and is not.

Everyone's a Biblical Literalist Until You Bring Up Gluttony

Rachel Held Evans | Posted 03.01.2014 | Religion
Rachel Held Evans

Eating shellfish is an abomination, a bare head is a disgrace, gossips will not inherit the kingdom of God, careless words are punishable by hell, guys who leer at women should gouge out their eyes.

Three-Year-Old Bride In Bible Kids' Book

Eliyahu Federman | Posted 09.15.2013 | Religion
Eliyahu Federman

I recently purchased the book Kind Little Rivka after a quick review of the book's title and description. It seemed harmless. It turns out this book was glorifying an underage marriage -- and I was shocked by its content and images.

What Everyone Should Know About The Fourth Gospel

John Shelby Spong | Posted 08.11.2013 | Religion
John Shelby Spong

Almost any poll of regular church goers will reveal that their favorite book in the New Testament is the Gospel of John. Yet, I suspect that if these devotees of John's Gospel were introduced to the world of Johannine scholarship, they would be both shocked and angered by contemporary insights into this treasured book.

Buffet-Style Bible Believers

Neale Donald Walsch | Posted 08.04.2013 | Religion
Neale Donald Walsch

I don't mind when people use the Bible as their Source and Authority on matters of spiritual consequence, but I do have a problem with people who choose only those verses that suit their purpose, then ignore anything and everything that does not.

Noah's Ark Theme Park Runs Into Tricky Questions

Reuters | Mary Wisniewski | Posted 07.31.2013 | Religion

By Mary Wisniewski HEBRON, Kentucky (Reuters) - The Biblical account of Noah and his Ark poses a lot of questions, even for believers l...

Why I Call Myself An 'Atheist Muslim'

Ali A. Rizvi | Posted 07.13.2013 | Religion
Ali A. Rizvi

Just like Judaism is a religion that can exist independently from Jewish ethnicity or Jewish culture, Islam is a religion, and even though Muslims are ethnically and racially varied, there really is such a thing as a Muslim culture that can exist separately from Islam.

Is The Bible The Word Of God?

Rabbi Alan Lurie | Posted 06.04.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Alan Lurie

When reading the Bible we don't need to choose between a literal reading and a rejection. Both are small-minded and spiritually deadening positions. The Bible is far too rich to be reduced to such a flat formula, and we are far too magnificent to allow ourselves to be so small.

Plagued By Passover

Nathaniel Levmore | Posted 05.20.2013 | Religion
Nathaniel Levmore

Has the story of Passover made a people better or more secure? Has it stirred its believers to blame others? Has it encouraged a sense of victimhood? That it has is cause for concern and for discussion at the annual Passover meal.

The Bible And The Second Amendment

Rev. Wil Gafney, Ph.D. | Posted 02.26.2013 | Religion
Rev. Wil Gafney, Ph.D.

For some folks, God is the guarantor of American freedom including in particular, gun ownership.

Putting The Text Of The Bible Back Into Context

Dr. Joel Hoffman | Posted 02.23.2013 | Religion
Dr. Joel Hoffman

A closer look at the original context of the words of the Bible can help readers see past these translation mistakes, which range from awkward phrasing to misrepresenting such central themes as the Ten Commandments.