FIve Good Reads

A well-known critic of the Bible has to grapple with a few challenges himself. Intelligent Design proponents have some surprising new allies. How the Muppets reflect a Christian worldview. Three questions to ask every time you read the Bible. How to restore a culture in one step. All this in these worthwhile samplings from around the web:

1. Daniel Wallace debates well-known Bible critic Bart Ehrman.

Ehrman, professor of relgious studies at North Carolina and author of the bestselling Misquoting Jesus, is one of the most popularly read proponents of the idea that our current Bibles don’t really contain that which the original authors wrote. Daniel Wallace, professor of New Testament at Dallas Theological Seminary, is a staunch defender of reliability of the biblical text. The two men held a debate at Southern Methodist University last month. Ed Komoszewski, via Justin Taylor, summarizes the main lines of Wallace’s argument.

2. Atheists to the Rescue?

As it turns out, proponents of Intelligent Design aren’t the only ones questioning neo-Darwinist notions of evolution, etc. Howard Kainz notes two recent books by philosophers of science—who also happen to be atheists—that both question neo-Darwinist orthodoxy and, in one way or another, bolster the case for Intelligent Design.

3. Three good questions.

After a lifetime of faithful and learned reflection on the Bible, virtually anything that J. I. Packer has to say, especially regarding biblical or theological topics, is worth listening to. In this case, he offers three questions that are always worth asking while reading any passage of Scripture. (Note: this is a short excerpt from the ESV Study Bible article “Reading the Bible Theologically.”)

4. The gospel according to…the Muppets?

If you’re jazzed about the new Muppet Movie or ever hoped for a revival of The Muppet Show on TV, David Zahl’s recent reflections in Christianity Today on the classic humor of Jim Henson’s creations is well worth the read. He finds much to commend.

5. Restoring culture in one (easy?) step.

Restoring, redeeming, and/or otherwise changing culture has been a hot topic in Christian circles for years. And what is undoubtedly a complex conversation has perhaps matured a great deal even recently. Still, First Things web editor Joe Carter argues that a great deal can be accomplished with one simple step: increasing biblical literacy. (I might add, however, that what is simple is not always easy!)

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