October 17, 2017

iMonk on Interpreting Genesis 1

From To Be or Not to Be? Everybody thinks I should be a young earth creationist. I’m not. Why? by Michael Spencer (undated) * * * The young earth creationists believe that Genesis 1 is “literally” a description of creation. I do not. It is this simple disagreement that is the cornerstone of my objection. […]

Creation Wars: Remix

I wonder if, at times, the Lord would like to rethink the creation story. I wonder if he wants a chance to rewrite how the whole thing began. “Look,” says the LORD God, “it went like this. It was kind of boring to just sit around and stare at nothing. So in the year 4004 […]

Jon Henry: Already Compromised: Moon Edition

Note from CM: Earlier this week I found this brilliant satirical piece by Jon Henry that exposes the kind of thinking that gets Christians in trouble with regard to Bible interpretation. Is it “biblical” to believe that the moon emits its own light? Read the following, and come to your own conclusion. * * * […]

Pete Enns on Mistakes in the Adam/Evolution Discussion

Note from CM: We have asked Dr. Peter Enns before for permission to rerun his writing, and I’m tempted to do it a lot. Enns has received enormous attention from a wide audience for what he has to say about Biblical interpretation and the faith/science debate. That’s because he is courageous and clear-thinking, and frankly, […]

More Tired Rhetoric

This week Al Mohler threw another stone in the direction of those who don’t read the early chapters of Genesis in literalistic fashion like he and other creationists do. In Mohler’s message, “The Challenges We Face: A New Generation of Gospel Ministers Looks to the Future,” the president of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary brings […]

Creation Wars Update

Today, your faithful iMonk correspondent reports from the front lines of the “Creation Wars” about recent articles on issues related to science and Biblical interpretation. Duck and cover. • • • 1. October saw Peter Enns move his blog to the Patheos evangelical portal. Enns dived right in and wrote about the ongoing debate on […]

The Skinny on Science and Creation

By Chaplain Mike We Christians continue to have quite a discussion on the early chapters of Genesis and how they relate to the scientific findings of the past couple hundred years. The heat of the current debate was turned up a notch in the past few days with the release of Christianity Today’s cover story […]

Paul, Christ, and Adam

By Chaplain Mike Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all people, because all sinned– To be sure, sin was in the world before the law was given, but sin is not charged against anyone’s account where there is no law. […]

Another Look: Surd Evil, Serpents, and the Cosmic Battle

By Chaplain Mike Here is the world. Beautiful and terrible things will happen. Don’t be afraid. I am with you. • Frederick Buechner, Wishful Thinking I had not planned on re-running this post, but I think our discussion on death before the Fall demands that we review it. A common Christian viewpoint attributes all the […]

One of the Stickiest Issues

By Chaplain Mike The interpretation of the creation narrative in Genesis 1 and the subsequent stories in Genesis 2-3 forms one of the battlegrounds in the current “creation wars.” However, the arguments go beyond Genesis. In fact, the stickiest issues grow out of the way the Apostle Paul makes use of the story of Adam […]