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3 reasons why did God not create the earth and cosmos with “apparent age”

Posted by PeteEnns on July 13, 2016 in Bible and science Christianity and evolution Fundamentalism nature of the Bible 31 Comments

“Apparent age” means that God created the cosmos to look billions of years old when in fact it is only a few 1000 years old. This is seen by some* as a solution to why the earth looks so old when the Bible says it is so young. “Apparent age” has the convenient benefit of allowing one to accept the observations of

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does your view of the Bible make you an unintentional polytheist?

Posted by PeteEnns on May 18, 2016 in Fundamentalism nature of the Bible 21 Comments

Here is a provocative quote from James A. Sanders, Old Testament scholar, translater and editor of the Psalm Scroll (Dead Sea Scrolls), and former professor (retired) from Claremont School of Theology Another form of idolatry or polytheism that has emerged in Western Christianity in reaction, in part, to Enlightenment study of the Bible, and that needs also to

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Here’s something new: Genesis is in “crisis” and if you don’t see that you’re “syncretistic”

Posted by PeteEnns on February 27, 2015 in Christianity and evolution Fundamentalism 89 Comments

Another “crisis” article on Christianity and evolution, this by the ever balanced and ever ready to learn from and build bridges toward fellow believers, Grace to You ministries. The article is its own refutation. When N. T. Wright, Tim Keller, and Bruce Waltke are your Stygian Triplets, you know you’ve passed into some parallel universe. This is

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Ken Ham blasts God for not taking the Bible seriously

Posted by PeteEnns on August 14, 2014 in The Evolution of Adam Fundamentalism nature of the Bible 357 Comments

In a recent statement from his Creation Museum office, Ken Ham blasted God for “not taking the Bible seriously and undermining its authority.” “Only someone with liberal leanings would write a Bible like this,” Ham exploded. “Placing next to each other in the Old Testament two blatantly contradictory histories of Israel [1 Samuel-2 Kings and 1 and 2

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“aha” moments: biblical scholars tell their stories (11): Chris Keith

Posted by PeteEnns on July 23, 2014 in aha moments Fundamentalism 77 Comments

Today’s “aha” moments post is by Chris Keith, Professor of New Testament and Early Christianity and Director of the Centre for the Social-Scientific Study of the Bible, St Mary’s University, Twickenham. One of Keith’s interests is the application of social memory theory to the Gospels and historical Jesus. His most recent book is Jesus against the Scribal

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I’ll see your “clarified” statement of faith and raise you a lawsuit—more good times at Bryan College

Posted by PeteEnns on May 16, 2014 in Bible and culture/current events Christianity and evolution Fundamentalism

A few days ago The Herald News (serving Dayton, Tenn., and Rhea County communities since 1898) reported the next, and I suppose inevitable, development in the Bryan-College-brazenly-moves-the-statement-of-faith-goal-posts-as-a-way-of-weeding-out-dangerous-faculty-who-don’t-think-the-Bible-is-a-science-book saga. Two faculty members–professor of natural science Stephen Barnett and professor of education and chair of the education department Steven DeGeorge–are suing their employer (see the full story

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is anyone getting tired of this yet? (yes): Bryan College “takes a stand” on creationism

Posted by PeteEnns on March 2, 2014 in academic freedom Bible and culture/current events Christianity and evolution Fundamentalism

Whatever. Here’s the article. Another college feels it needs to take a “stand” on the Bible–meaning recommitting themselves to a view of the Bible that is inexcusable for an institution granting academic degrees, whether in Bible, the sciences, Christian thought, or anything else. Professors at Bryan College are understandably worried about their jobs. They will

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