uno itinere non potest perveniri ad tam grande secretum -- Q. Aurelius Symmachus, 384 C.E.

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Brian Brown's Slavery Lie

Given all the lies spread about gays and lesbians by Brian Brown's National Organization for Marriage, it might seem trivial to point out his giant fabrication when it came to slavery in the Bible during his recent debate with Dan Savage. But you stick with what you know, and my field happens to be classical studies: the study of the ancient Greeks and Romans.

And it bears remembering that the debate happened in the first place because Brown went on a chest-thumping tirade of bravado about Savage's remarks regarding the Bible: "Let me lay down a public challenge to Dan Savage right here and now. You want to savage the Bible? ... I’m here—you name the time and place and let’s see what a big man you are with someone who can talk back."

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Apologetics and Intellectual Dishonesty

Manuscript depicting Eusebius
Recently New Testament Prof. James McGrath posted a succinct critique surrounding the problems of biblical inerrancy, musing that "sooner of later, you have to choose between the Bible and inerrancy." Like almost any scholar of the Bible outside of fundamentalist seminaries and institutions, McGrath notes that the Bible has points of tension that are inconsistent. He cites the genealogies of Jesus in Matthew and Luke, which disagree between David and Joseph, as an example.

The Facebook group Unfundamentalist Christians posted McGrath's musings, and a trolling apologist posted the following video in response: