Fundamental mistakes in reading Genesis 1-2

Many of the debates people have about Genesis 1-2 and creation stay on a rhetorical level: “literal” vs. “metaphorical,” “historical” vs. “mythic,” concordant with modern science or representing Ancient Near East cosmology, and so on. Today I’d like to bypass all of that and look at a few interpretive issues in the text itself thatContinue reading “Fundamental mistakes in reading Genesis 1-2”

The Internet Monk Archives

Michael Spencer Michael Spencer was the founder and primary writer of Internet Monk and author of Mere Churchianity. The title “Internet Monk” comes from his appreciation for Trappist monk and writer Thomas Merton. He taught at an international Christian boarding school in southeastern Kentucky. He was a leading voice critiquing American evangelicalism, culminating in hisContinue reading “The Internet Monk Archives”

Adam: Israel’s first king

Adam is the prototypical king who is called to conquer the Promised Land. • Seth D. Postell • • • Awhile back we did a post called “Fundamental Mistakes in Reading Genesis 1-2.” One of the points of that piece was that, when reading the creation story, people miss clues that show all was not right withContinue reading “Adam: Israel’s first king”

Mike the Geologist: Science and the Bible (Lesson 4)

Science and the Bible Lesson 4 By Mike McCann Having laid a foundation of how to think about doing science and the relation of the natural world to the supernatural; at this point in my teaching series I turn attention to the Bible.  I begin with a basic lesson in hermeneutics and exegesis that IContinue reading “Mike the Geologist: Science and the Bible (Lesson 4)”

iMonk Classic: Talk Hard (On the Role of the Critic)

Classic iMonk Post by Michael Spencer Undated Note from CM: Earlier this week, we published a strong post in the tradition of what I called “prophetic ridicule.” Some folks don’t like that. They take offense. They think it violates the law of love. Years ago, Michael Spencer wrote one of the best defenses concerning theContinue reading “iMonk Classic: Talk Hard (On the Role of the Critic)”