Starting on a New Book

In will soon begin working on my contribution to Zondervan’s latest “Counterpoints” book, this one on inerrancy. The editors are James Merrick and Stephen Garrett. There are four other contributors: John Franke, Kevin Vanhoozer, Michael Bird, and Al Mohler. As many of you know, the Counterpoints series invites authors of different, even diametrically opposing, views to write […]

Protestants and Biblical Criticism

I am trying to finish up edits on a chapter I am writing for a book tentatively titled, The Bible and the Believer: How to Read the Bible Critically and Religiously, due out next year with Oxford University Press. The idea for the book came out of a symposium I participated in at the University of Pennsylvania […]

Lecture tonight…weather permitting.

I am speaking tonight at Philadelphia Biblical University at 7:00 on “How Scripture is Shaped by Culture.” Let’s see if the weather decides to hold up. It’s been a rough one thus far.

Audio: The Challenge of Reading the Bible Today

Click on the link below to listen to an audio recording of the 14th annual Silvers Visiting Scholar Program held on October 25, 2010, entitled, “The Challenge of Reading the Bible Today: Can the Bible be read both Critically and Religiously? Jewish, Catholic and Protestant Perspectives,” with Marc Brettler (Brandeis University), Peter Enns (BioLogos Foundation), […]

Can the Bible be Read both Critically and Religiously: A Protestant Perspective

Last night (October 25, 2010), I participated in a panel discussion at the University of Pennsylvania on the challenge of reading the bible critically and religiously from the point of view of three faith traditions: Jewish, Roman Catholic, and Protestant. Marc Brettler of Brandies University gave a Jewish perspective, Dan Harrington of Boston College gave […]

Reminder: Faith and Higher Criticism at Penn, October 25

A reminder for those who might be interested, I am speaking on a panel with Marc Brettler and Dan Harrington on faith and higher criticism from Jewish, Roman Catholic, and Protestant perspectives. Here is the original post, complete with flyer.

The Challenge of Reading the Bible Today

I will be one of three presenters at a symposium titled “The Challenge of Reading the Bible Today: Can the Bible Be Read Both Critically and Religiously?” on October 25 at the University of Pennsylvania. I will be representing a Protestant view, along with two other scholars who will present a Catholic and Jewish perspective. […]

The Bible and Critical Scholarship


Rachel Evans’s “Evolving in Monkey Town”

Rachel Evans thinks doubt is a part of faith. In fact she thinks doubt can save your faith–provided you have the faith to doubt and the courage to learn from it what God may be showing you. I agree with Rachel, and I wish I could say it as well as she does in her […]

My Response to Al Mohler and the Age of the Earth

Al Mohler, president of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, has argued recently in a public lecture that it is theologically necessary to say that the earth only appears to be old rather than actually being old. Otherwise, a literal interpretation of the first chapter of Genesis is in jeopardy. He mentioned in his presentation the BioLogos […]