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I Think Maybe The Only Person Who Has Never Read Hosea is Rachel Held Evans

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Because, if she had, she would know that Hosea uses mother-image of God to make his point about God’s concern for Israel.  I think maybe she should really stop talking about the Bible.


I think maybe Rachel is so unfamiliar with Scripture that she actually thinks she’s come up with something new and shocking.

I think maybe she should do stories for the Chattanooga newspaper about puppies and bunnies and anything but theology and Scripture because her quest for public notice by means of pithy Scripture blatherings is only getting her the attention of the child in the corner of the classroom who keeps saying ridiculous things.

I think maybe she should accept her award gracefully.  And bow out.


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Written by Jim

February 24, 2015 at 18:44

Another Pre-Easter ‘Jesus’ Special… on CNN

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I’ll not be watching, since I am taking the year off from the absurd genre of religion/bible tv docu-mockeries.  I only mention it because CNN has this little gem of ick in its ‘money’ section… which, whether they know it or not, is exactly the central concern of all these idiotic specials with their idiotic claims and poor scholarship.


Note too the little sentences at the bottom.  I’ll go ahead and answer them for you – who cares, and nothing.

TV specials around Easter and Christmas are always the most sensationalistic and ridiculous.  This is, no doubt, just the first of many this year.

NB- No, I haven’t seen it.  Yes, I am within my rights to criticize it because I’ve seen enough of these things to know what’s going to happen.  There will be an outlandish claim followed by a talking head from the fringe of scholarship or of the anti-theistic sort followed by a fundamentalist’s opinion followed by another ridiculous claim… etc.  At the end of the day balanced scholarship will be absent.  It’s always absent.  So, yes, I am within my rights to mock not only the individual special but the entire genre.

Written by Jim

February 15, 2015 at 08:11

If You Can’t Read This, You Aren’t a Theologian. Or a Biblical Scholar.

Even if you’ve written a couple of books on ‘biblical womanhood’ and ‘doubt’.

Σκιὰν γὰρ ἔχων ὁ νόμος τῶν μελλόντων ἀγαθῶν, οὐκ αὐτὴν τὴν εἰκόνα τῶν πραγμάτων, κατ᾽ ἐνιαυτὸν ταῖς αὐταῖς θυσίαις αἷς προσφέρουσιν εἰς τὸ διηνεκὲς οὐδέποτε δύναται τοὺς προσερχομένους τελειῶσαι· ἐπεὶ οὐκ ἂν ἐπαύσαντο προσφερόμεναι, διὰ τὸ μηδεμίαν ἔχειν ἔτι συνείδησιν ἁμαρτιῶν τοὺς λατρεύοντας ἅπαξ κεκαθαρισμένους; ἀλλ᾽ ἐν αὐταῖς ἀνάμνησις ἁμαρτιῶν κατ᾽ ἐνιαυτόν, ἀδύνατον γὰρ αἷμα ταύρων καὶ τράγων ἀφαιρεῖν ἁμαρτίας. διὸ εἰσερχόμενος εἰς τὸν κόσμον λέγει, θυσίαν καὶ προσφορὰν οὐκ ἠθέλησας, σῶμα δὲ κατηρτίσω μοι ὁλοκαυτώματα καὶ περὶ ἁμαρτίας οὐκ ηὐδόκησας· τότε εἶπον, ἰδοὺ ἥκω, ἐν κεφαλίδι βιβλίου γέγραπται περὶ ἐμοῦ, τοῦ ποιῆσαι, ὁ θεός, τὸ θέλημά σου.

There ya go. And of course there’s this:

וַ֭יַּעַן בִּלְדַּ֥ד הַשּׁוּחִ֗י וַיֹאמַֽר׃ עַד־אָ֥ן תְּמַלֶּל־אֵ֑לֶּה וְר֥וּחַ כַּ֜בִּיר אִמְרֵי־פִֽיךָ׃ הַ֭אֵל יְעַוֵּ֣ת מִשְׁפָּ֑ט וְאִם־שַׁ֜דַּ֗י יְעַוֵּֽת־צֶֽדֶק׃ אִם־בָּנֶ֥יךָ חָֽטְאוּ־ל֑וֹ וַֽ֜יְשַׁלְּחֵ֗ם בְּיַד־פִּשְׁעָֽם׃ אִם־אַ֭תָּה תְּשַׁחֵ֣ר אֶל־אֵ֑ל וְאֶל־שַׁ֜דַּ֗י תִּתְחַנָּֽן׃

Looking forward to your rendering, Rachel.


Written by Jim

February 12, 2015 at 20:55

Neologism: Evansian

#Neologism:  #Evans-ian – a person without theological or exegetical skill who nonetheless opines on the subjects.  Synonym of dilettante.

As a noun – ‘He said that Moses wrote Isaiah and I said “what an Evansian!”‘
As a gerund – ‘And then, evansianing with reckless abandon, she said that she knew what the Greek word αγαπη meant and went on to say that it meant whatever Oprah said’.

Evansians and evansianing serve chiefly to mislead and distort. Be on the lookout. Although easy for the experts to spot, the uninformed are easily taken in (in no small part because ignorance is drawn to ignorance as moths to the flame (of destruction).

But fear not, tiny one- as I observe acts of the evansians I shall point them out for you, whilst handing the perpetrator this handsome award- The Evansian!


Written by Jim

February 11, 2015 at 16:14

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Oh Sure He Did…

‘Artists’… absurd self aggrandizing lunatics (like the politicians who claim the same).

Katy Perry revealed she received a message from God right before she performed at the Super Bowl. The “Dark Horse” singer told E! News host Ryan Seacrest that she prepared for her half time show by leaning on her faith. “I over prepared myself and did a lot of prayer and meditation,” Perry told Seacrest at the 57th annual Grammy Awards.  She added, “It’s funny, I was praying and I got a word from God and He says,  ‘You got this and I got you.’ And then I was on top of the lion and a guy, a random guy, just looked on me with a headset that I’ve never communicated with before and he just looked me straight in the eyes and said, ‘You got this.’ And I was like, ‘Oh, this is God confirming I can do this.”

I’m ok with the leaning on your faith bit but these pentebabbleists and their private revelations are just simply Montanist heretics.  And, just for the record, would God really say ‘You got this and I got you’?????  It sounds more like someone with vocal fry speaking to herself.  Hearing God’s voice and it sounding like your own isn’t spirituality, it’s insanity.

But it does earn Katy Perry a prize.  I know how ‘artists’ love prizes!  So, Katy, here’s your dilly!


Where Do the Authors of All Those Horrible Books in ‘Christian’ Bookstores Come From?

You know the type- the authors of the kinds of things you see festooning the shelves at your local Jesus junk store by the likes of Rachel Evans and Rick Warren and Joel Osteen and TD Jakes and Beth Moore and Ed Young and Mark Driscoll.  Where do publishers find those people?

The mystery has been solved.  Behold:



dilly-the-dilettanteThere isn’t any religious holiday for the next several weeks so the breaking news from Israel is that there is NO breaking news of some astonishing ‘discovery’!!!!  That in itself is an amazing discovery!

Fear not, though, stalwart friend of ‘bible proofs’.  Before long it will be Easter and floods of false claims and absurdities will flow from the land of milk and honey as surely as an overfed baby expels a copious volume of stomach contents onto mommy’s newest dress.

TV Shows, The Daily Beast, The Huffington Post, Biblical Archaeology Review, CNN, journalists pretending to be biblical scholars- all of the purveyors of inadequate historical and theological and biblical knowledge will give you more than you will ever want, festooning the airwaves and pages of websites with enough mental bile to make even the heartiest believer overwhelmed by the regurgitated fumes.

‘Rejoice’ and be ‘exceedingly glad’…

Written by Jim

January 17, 2015 at 20:17


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