Category Archives: Bible

Dealing with the Confusion, Grief, and Existential Chaos of Leaving Fundamentalism or Conservative 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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Why Progressive Believers and Fundamentalist Believers Disagree on So Many Important Beliefs

Progressive and fundamentalist believers don’t disagree on two or three beliefs—or even five or six. They disagree on a host of important beliefs. Why would this be? It is because Fundamentalist believers hold to a single foundational assumption that deeply … Continue reading

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The Feminine Side of God in the Bible

Most believers think of God as masculine. This is true not only of those who embrace patriarchy but of believers generally. It is easy to see why; both testaments were written by people in patriarchal cultures, so the Old Testament … Continue reading

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