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Monday, December 8th, 2014

Book Review

I’ve been doing some work recently on the theory that Jesus Christ was a legendary figure, so I thought I should read Reza Aslan’s Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth. Plenty of other people have been reading it. It’s a #1 New York Times Bestseller, and has been named one of the year’s best books by Good Housekeeping, Booklist, Publishers Weekly, and Bookish, according to its Amazon web page.

I’ll say this much for it: it’s a well-crafted tale. …

 

How Jesus’ Not Having Faith In God Affirms His Deity

Thursday, December 4th, 2014

This entry is part 1 of 2 in the series Did Jesus Have Faith In God?

I was looking over my bookshelf the other day when Fulton Oursler’s The Greatest Faith Ever Known caught my eye. I’ve never read it (like too many other books I own), but I know it’s about the apostle Paul. And it got me wondering: didn’t Jesus have the greatest faith ever known?

No, he didn’t, at least not according to the …


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Different Is Better

Monday, November 17th, 2014

Different Is Better:

“As Ruden says, ‘Paul was not a 20th-century feminist . . .  but [modern women are] the beneficiaries of a very long list of reforms. [And] Paul, I think, got all that started.’

To understand why that’s the case, it helps to remember that much of the sexual activity Michael Kruger refers to was far from-consensual. It was little more than ‘institutionalized violence,’ which included ‘the rape of slaves, prostitution, and violence against wives and children.’

Paul’s denunciation of …


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Is God Arrogant? (Reading Paul Copan Together)

Sunday, November 9th, 2014

This entry is part 1 of 3 in the series Reading Paul Copan

It’s time at last to kick off my promised series, reading through Paul Copan’s Is God a Moral Monster together. Ignoring two chapters of background material that’s not germane to our purposes, the meat of the book starts off in chapter 3 with a relatively easy question: Is the Old Testament God arrogant? Is he guilty of sinful pride?

Nobody likes to hang around someone …

 

Slavery in the Old Testament: A Biblical Overview via Logos 6

Thursday, October 30th, 2014

Very soon I’ll be opening up a group study of Paul Copan’s Is God a Moral Monster?. Be sure to get a copy if you want to join with us. The idea to study Copan’s book was kicked off, courtesy of Keith, during conversations on slavery in the Bible. I’ve never done a thorough analysis here on what the Old Testament says about slavery, so with this week’s release of Logos 6, I thought I’d take the opportunity to find …

 

If not the Bible, then how did we come to know that slavery is wrong?

Wednesday, September 24th, 2014

That WWJTD’s response to my August 24 post, Ten Reasons the Bible Has It Right On Slavery, was scornful is hardly surprising. First, he caught me legitimately in an error: I misused the word “condone” where I meant “heartily affirm.” I should have said, “Note that the Bible does not heartily affirm everything that it recognizes, nor even everything that it regulates (divorce being one other example).”

JT notes correctly that the Bible does condone slavery, which is to say, it allows that …

 

Bible Contradiction Resolved, via the Commentary on the NT Use of the OT (Logos)

Friday, September 5th, 2014

I’ve entered into a cooperative agreement with Logos Bible software recently, as you might have surmised if you saw my recent giveaway blog post. Logos has offered me review copies of some of their products, one of which is Beale and Carson’s Commentary on the New Testament Use of the Old Testament.

Unlike other books I’ve reviewed, I can’t speak to this one’s overall effect. It’s a reference work, after all. The great thing is to have it integrated with the Bible …


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Ten Reasons the Bible Has It Right on Slavery

Sunday, August 24th, 2014

I read Keith’s comment #172 this morning with deep grief in my heart. He wondered whether there was something unique about Christianity that would cause it to be more liberating than other worldviews (especially Jainism). My grief is this: we Christians have not explained and demonstrated the most basic realities of our faith. If we had, Keith would never have had to ask.

Slavery is many things. It’s a form of relationship between human beings. It’s an economic system, a way that work gets …

 

Why does the Bible get the blame?

Saturday, August 23rd, 2014

We’ve ben talking about whether the Bible endorses slavery, and ScottInOh wrote last night,

Like Melissa, I feel like I’ve made my point: no one writing on this thread would consider American slavery… morally justified, but … prominent Christian voices endorsed [it], believing God’s Word gave them the basis for doing so.

That’s all I’ve got. If that means you win the debate, so be it. Thanks.

Why does the Bible get the blame?

I’ve taken the freedom of focusing on just …


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