Tag Archives: Old Testament

Please Reign Over Me: The Bible, Trees, and the Problem of Power

For years, in both an academic setting and in other writings, I have railed against the misuse of the Bible. I see it used as a moral justification to deny humans basic rights by taking ancient passages out of context … Continue reading

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Religion, Politics, Gay Marriage: A Reaction

It is a topic as old as civilization itself. The civic and the religious have been intertwined to varying degrees from the time of the city-states of the ancient Near East to the political landscape of the day. Here in … Continue reading

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How I View the Bible

For over a year now, I have been writing on the subject of religion, specifically on various aspects of the Bible. I grew up as a Christian in the United Methodist Church and my training in higher education has been … Continue reading

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Why Christians Should Read (and Take Seriously) the Book of Deuteronomy

Neither dogmatic adherence nor complete abandonment does anything to further understanding. Continue reading

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The Bible and Suicide

In light of the recent tragic news that comedian and actor Robin Williams took his own life, discussions surrounding depression and suicide have entered the popular discussion. As I am writing this less than two days from the shocking announcement, … Continue reading

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Ecclesiastes

   I wrote my first academic religion paper as a young, naïve college freshman ten years ago this semester. Of all the papers I have written through undergraduate, seminary, and graduate school, the topic of that very first, five page, … Continue reading

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Jesus and the Old Testament, Part III: Why it is acceptable for Jesus not to be in the Old Testament

Thus far, with this series, I have attempted to demonstrate that the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament does not contain prophecies of Jesus, but rather the New Testament appropriated the Old Testament in order to lend legitimacy to the claim that Jesus … Continue reading

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