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Is Christianity Possible Without the Bible?

Can you be a real Christian without ever having cracked open the Bible? Of course you can! Consider the Bible didn’t even exist as such until the fourth century. It was then that the final canon was settled upon. The … Continue reading

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The Problem With 2 Timothy 3:16

When asked how they know the Bible is the Word of God, fundamentalists will often quote 2 Timothy 3:16: All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness. … Continue reading

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Does the Bible Ever Call Itself the “Word of God”?

Not exactly. The closest it ever comes is 2 Timothy 3:16-17, where it says scripture is inspired by God. Assuming, for the sake of argument, this epistle was not pseudepigraphical (it was) and that Paul was infallible (he was not), … Continue reading

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The Rapture: Entertaining, Yes. But Is It Biblical?

“The Rapture” is actually a fairly recent theology invented in the 18th century by the fanatical puritan, Cotton Mather (think Salem witch trials). It is almost entirely based on Mather’s specific (mis)interpretation of 1 Thessalonians 4:15-17. I think this theology … Continue reading

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