The Real Story Behind Job

God's presentation in Job rubs a lot of people wrong. Christians look at the book as an inspiring story of a man's faith, but there's a real problem that Hashem's followers need to address: Here is this perfectly nice, righteous, family man, and God lets Satan ruin his life--and murder his children--over a bet. To …

Creation: The Scientific Method is Biblical

Let's talk science! In my previous posts, I've presented some musings on the Bible's creation narrative and our current scientific understanding of the record of nature. The response to this is to argue that these posts presuppose "uniformism," the idea that the natural laws and processes that we see today have always been the same, and "naturalism" …

Creation: Why Did God Need To Make It So Old?

"Why does God need fourteen billion years to make the universe? Why couldn't he have just done it in six days like he said he did?" the young-earth creationist asks. I can think of at least three reasons. God Is Not Bored By the Passage of Time There's an old, probably apocryphal story about a …

Creation: “Evening” and “Morning”

  We've demonstrated that even in the English translation of the Bible, "day" does not necessarily mean 24 hours and can refer to a longer period of time. "But," the young-earth creationist argues, "the Genesis creation account keeps referring to evenings and mornings, so these obviously have to be normal 24 hour days." Well, if …

Blog Recommendation: Sleepwalker’s Row

A good friend of mine from synagogue just started a new blog and I wanted to show him some love. I think his own introduction says it best: n which a lifelong insomniac, artist, and breakthrough junkie launches a public thought-lab at the behest of several friends. History will be recovered. Food critiqued. Books reviewed. Art created. Stories told. Ideas …

Book Review: The Unseen Realm, by Dr. Michael S. Heiser

This is a post I've literally wanted to write for years, ever since I was first introduced to Dr. Michael Heiser's work on his first A View From the Bunker interview with Derek Gilbert. I've spent the last six years gleefully stalking the good Doctor, reading everything that he's published online (particularly on TheDivineCouncil.com), several …

Where is Satan in the Old Testament?

[Author's note: I'm playing around with some features in Google Docs, namely the EasyBib Bibliography Creator, Bible Verse, and Docs to WordPress add-ons. Consequently, this post is going to look a bit more like an academic paper than usual. Let me know what you think!] If you spend any time at all in academia--or with …