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5 Common False Assumptions Inerrantists Make about Me as a Progressive Believer

Since I often challenge the concept of biblical inerrancy, I receive a lot of feedback from inerrantists. But often that feedback reveals false assumptions inerrantists make about me—assumptions that are sometimes the very opposite of what I believe. Here are … Continue reading

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How the Bible Actually Works by Peter Enns: a Book Review

For me, this is perhaps one of the best books I have ever read—and I have read a LOT of books! On page 4, Pete sets the stage by stating that the Bible is not a divine instruction manual or … Continue reading

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Why Do Inerrantists Think the Bible is Inerrant Anyway?

Sometimes I get the objection from inerrantists that ‘God would not leave us a defective Bible’. This assumes, of course, that God has somehow given us a ‘Bible’ in the first place. It diminishes the contributions of the individual writers … Continue reading

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Blaming Paul for Things He Never Said

When I was a teenager, I listened to some fundamentalist preachers talking among themselves. One asserted that he believed Hebrews was written by Paul! I am sure the other preachers agreed. I was not well-read, but I was aware that … Continue reading

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How Should We Regard New Testament Books of Uncertain Authorship?

Recently, we discussed the fact that some New Testament books were not written by who they say they were. This is not news to believers; we have known for a long time that some letters attributed to Paul, for example, … Continue reading

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Bart Ehrman – Forged: A Book Review

Most of us know that some books in the New Testament were not written by the person claimed in the book—such as 1 and 2 Timothy and Titus. Ehrman calls these books forgeries, which at first sounded a bit harsh … Continue reading

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How Should We Respond to the Leading of the Spirit?

Sometimes when I read or think about something I get tremendous insights. I might make a strong connection between two things, see an angle I never saw before, or even think something completely original. I am sure you have had … Continue reading

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