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Bock Responds to the Newsweek attack

Newsweek on The Bible

Newsweek on The Bible

It almost always happens around Christmas and Easter. The print and film media launches a critical attack on the Bible, Judaism, and Christianity. This time it is Newsweek, in an article called “The Bible So Misunderstood It’s a Sin” (here) by Kurt Eichenwald.

Dr. Darrell L. Bock, Senior Research Professor of New Testament Studies at Dallas Theological Seminary, is writing a response to Newsweek’s take on the Bible. Part I deals with the Base Biblical Text, answering the question “Do we really know what we have?”

This response is available on bock’s blog here. Pass this along to your friends.

HT: Brooks Cochran

Newsweek attacks biblical authority & marriage

Perhaps you have already seen the cover, and cover story, of Newsweek (Dec. 15, 2008). The cover, showing a drawing of a Bible, touts the main article by Lisa Miller, “The Religious Case for Gay Marriage.” Miller is the religion editor of Newsweek.

Rather than write my own reply, I would like to direct you to the Blog by R. Albert Mohler, Jr. Read it here.  Mohler correctly points out that the real issue in this discussion is one of biblical authority.

As always, the bottom line is biblical authority.  Lisa Miller does not mince words.  “Biblical literalists will disagree,” she allows, “but the Bible is a living document, powerful for more than 2,000 years because its truths speak to us even as we change through history.”  This argument means, of course, that we get to decide which truths are and are not binding on us as “we change through history.”

Newsweek editor Jon Meacham says,

No matter what one thinks about gay rights–for, against or somewhere in between–this conservative resort to biblical authority is the worst kind of fundamentalism. Given the history of the making of the Scriptures and the millennia of critical attention scholars and others have given to the stories and injunctions that come to us in the Hebrew Bible is more than intellectually bankrupt–it is unserious, and unworthy of the great Judeo-Christian tradition. (Newsweek, Dec. 15, 2008, p. 4)

Well, there you have it. The editor of Newsweek has resolved this matter with one editorial.

If you are interested in a good study of this subject you might enjoy the video by Dr. Robert Gagnon, author of  several works on Homosexuality and the Bible, here. Or, read Dr. Gagnon’s 26 page response to the Miller article here.