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Ehrman Errs on Jesus’ Authority To Forgive

Ehrman Errs on Jesus’ Authority To Forgive

I ran across this charming nugget from Bart Ehrman yesterday: When Jesus forgives sins, he never says “I forgive you,” as God might say, but “your sins are forgiven,” which means that God has forgiven the sins. This prerogative for pronouncing sins forgiven was otherwise reserved for Jewish priests in honor of sacrifices that worshipers made at the temple. Ehrman, Bart D. (2014-03-25). How Jesus Became God: The Exaltation of a Jewish Preacher from Galilee (p. 127). HarperCollins. Kindle Edition….

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Theology Degrees Online: “Top 20 Religion Blogs of 2014”

Theology Degrees Online: “Top 20 Religion Blogs of 2014”

I just saw this, though it’s been there since August. (It’s another indicator of how busy my last few months have been.) Thank you to Theology Degrees Online for listing Thinking Christian in the “Top 20 Religion Blogs of 2014!” They have quite an eclectic mix in that list. There are several other evangelical blogs there, plus blogs representing other religions including Islam, Hindu, Hare Krishna, and Buddhism. I appreciate the recognition.

2,000 Blog Posts, and (Calling Christian Writers!) Major Changes To Come

2,000 Blog Posts, and (Calling Christian Writers!) Major Changes To Come

This is blog post number 2,000 here, since I switched to WordPress seven years ago! I don’t have an easy way to count the posts before that, but I don’t mind, it’s still reason to celebrate. This comes not long after my ten-year blogiversary. I think it’s a great time to announce a major change I plan to make this spring. I’m calling for a select group of Christian writers to join with me in making this the first mentored/edited/directed-topic group…

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God With Us!

God With Us!

“Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel” (which means, God with us). (Matthew 1:23) I’ve just blogged again about the New Testament’s treatment of Jesus as God. This is relevant to the day; it is at the heart of the Christmas story: Jesus, Immanuel, God with us. As my favorite Christmas-and-Easter passage, Philippians 2:5-11, puts it: Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was…

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Responding to Dale Tuggy on Jesus and Faith

Responding to Dale Tuggy on Jesus and Faith

I got a bit of pushback from Dule Tuggy, professor of philosophy at SUNY Fredonia, on my posts about Jesus and faith. Dr. Tuggy’s series on my posts begins here. His view is that although Jesus is never spoken of as having faith, nevertheless he demonstrated faith: I’ll stick to this point: the gospels don’t need to say that Jesus had faith in God, because they clearly portray Jesus’s faith in God. Before I respond to that, let’s jump ahead to…

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Speech codes: The offense against LGBT people that no one seems to notice

Speech codes: The offense against LGBT people that no one seems to notice

Lydia McGrew performs a masterful analysis of events and reactions relating to a professor shutting down pro-natural marriage statements in class. Please read her post for the whole story and her insightful comments. I have just one or two things to add. She quotes a blogger, MarquettePhilosopher, who says, “I am in full support of Marquette’s Harassment policy and Harassment training, which, as I pointed out, clearly states that there is zero tolerance for comments that are hurtful to homosexuals.”…

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Rhetorical Strategy in the Marriage Debate: People vs. an Institution

Rhetorical Strategy in the Marriage Debate: People vs. an Institution

Theodore Shoebat recently contacted thirteen gay or pro-gay bakers and asked them to bake a pro-traditional marriage cake with the words, “Gay Marriage Is Wrong” on it. He writes, “Each one denied us service, and even used deviant insults and obscenities against us. One baker even said that she would make me a cookie with a large phallus on it.” It was a nice try at making a point, and surely it seems to reveal something, but even Christians have…

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The Jealousy of God (Reading Paul Copan Together)

The Jealousy of God (Reading Paul Copan Together)

Paul Copan was more patient than I might have been in his chapter on the jealousy of God. He opens with three mini-vignettes: Recall Richard Dawkins’s put-down of God, claiming that he breaks into a “monumental rage whenever his own chosen people flirted with a rival god.” Popular TV icon Oprah Winfrey said that she was turned off to the Christian faith when she heard a preacher affirm that God is jealous. Bill Maher of Religulous fame (or infamy) has…

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Bill Nye, Deniable Guy: Promoting Science and Rationality, He Blunders On Both

Bill Nye, Deniable Guy: Promoting Science and Rationality, He Blunders On Both

Science Guy Bill Nye says he stands for excellence in thinking skills and scientific reasoning. Recently, however, he violated both of those values in the very act of promoting them. HuffPost reports him as saying, The biggest danger creationism plays… is that it is raising a generation of children who “can’t think” and who “will not be able to participate in the future in same way” as those who are taught evolution. Later the article adds, Speaking on MidPoint, Nye…

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