Much of our discussion about the doctrine of the scriptures centers around the doctrine of inerrancy. This is usually in reaction to those who would say that the scriptures are unreliable and unfaithful sometimes theologically, but also with respect to matters of science and history. They might be spiritually helpful or something like that, but … Continue reading What Do We Really Mean by “Inerrancy”?
Note: After writing and posting this article, it came to my attention that Shane Claiborne and others officially refer to themselves as "Red Letter Christians." I was not aware of this at the time that I wrote this and I would like to make it clear that this article is not intended to be a direct … Continue reading Why You Can’t Be a Red-Letter Christian
When I worked at a camp there were a few instances where I got various versions of the question, “how do we know that the Muslims aren’t right?” It’s an interesting question that I think requires us to think about the differences between the fundamental claims of various religions. In our culture, which often seeks … Continue reading Mormonism, Islam, and Christianity: One of These Things is Not Like the Other
If you'd like to see other articles in this series click here This is a bit longer and more technical than normal. Be forewarned. As you probably already know, the Bible was written in Greek and Hebrew (and a little bit of Aramaic). But you probably need to read them in a translation. And for … Continue reading How NOT to Read the Bible Part 5: In English (Or at Least Be Careful)
Okay, so this is a bit different than normal, but bear with me. Play along if you’d like. Anyway. Set Up Let’s imagine an alternate history in which we have lost all sixty-six books of the Bible except for ten. Ten. That’s it. All the rest of the books have been somehow or another lost … Continue reading The Ten-Book Bible Challenge
(If you'd like to see the other articles in this series, click here.) Magical Bible Teaching Perhaps this is something you’ve experienced before: someone takes a single verse or handful of verses, and then, magically, they seem to pull more meaning out from the verse than you thought was previously possible. It’s like a magician with a … Continue reading How NOT To Read the Bible Part 4: One Verse at a Time
(If you'd like to see the other articles in this series, click here.) Hermeneutics, the study of how to interpret the scriptures, is far more of an art than a science. Studying hermeneutics, which is what I have been doing in this series will not necessarily get you the right answers but it will at least get … Continue reading How NOT to Read the Bible Part 3: The Plain Reading