February 22, 2011

How Did Biblical Literalism Take Root?

Stephen Tomkins, The Guardian

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Where does biblical literalism come from? What is the genesis, if you will, of the habit of mind that makes many Christians read the Bible with a different brain to the one they'd use with any other writing?

It is by no means an essential Christian tenet. No creed says anything about how to read the scriptures. The highest claim the Bible makes for itself is when the writer of Paul's letter to Timothy says the Hebrew scriptures were "God-breathed", which is wonderfully suggestive but hardly precise or dogmatic. I mean, Adam was God-breathed, and look what happened to him.

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May 9, 2012
When Paul Sent the Celebrity Pastor
Kevin DeYoung, Christian Post
Here is a verse that caught my attention yesterday: "With him we are sending the brother who is famous among all the churches for his preaching of the gospel" (2 Cor. 8:18).There are many things we'd like to know, but don't... more ››