Category Archives: Bible

How Dependable are the Books of Matthew and Luke?

Are the four gospels dependable? Or are they simply the result of generations of flawed oral transmission? I discussed this question previously and determined that the gospels are much more dependable than implied by the idea of flawed oral transmission. … Continue reading

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Were the Gospels Written from Generations of Flawed Oral Transmission or Were They Much Closer to Eyewitness than that?

Have you ever played the telephone game? It’s a remarkable experience. A number of people sit in a circle. The first person whispers a story in the second person’s ear. Then the second person whispers the story into the third … Continue reading

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Dealing with the Confusion, Grief, and Existential Chaos of Leaving Fundamentalism or Traditional Evangelicalism

If you are questioning beliefs you were taught in fundamentalism or evangelicalism, your journey might be going smoothly or it might involve a lot of fear and uncertainty. It is not easy challenging beliefs we once deeply held. Over a … Continue reading

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If God Doesn’t Speak through the Bible then How Does God Speak?

Recently, I published an article titled The Bible Clearly Says’ is Always a Seriously Misguided Statement in which I contended that the Bible does not speak in one voice (the voice of God) but in the many voices of the … Continue reading

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There are Clearly Two Large Groups of Believers Who Differ on Basic Beliefs; How Do We Best Define Them?

It is no secret that there are two large groups of believers who see the Bible differently and are frequently at odds over what constitutes its essence and how we should respond to it. Discussion between the two groups can … Continue reading

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‘The Bible Clearly Says’ is Always a Seriously Misguided Statement

In my early years I had a pastor who would say, ‘Now turn over to Matthew’s writing’ or ‘Turn over to Isaiah’s writing.’ But he would also say, ‘Turn over to Hebrew’s writing’ or ‘to Act’s writing’, which seemed odd … Continue reading

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For My Inerrantist Friends: Why Appeals to Inerrancy are Totally Ineffective in Discussion

Frequently, I receive comments from those who disagree with me—and this is as it should be! I enjoy dialog with those who disagree with me because I never learn anything if I only talk with people who already agree! However, … Continue reading

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