Author Archives: Ryan

Camels Through Time

Archaeologists from Israel have determined through radiocarbon dating that the arrival of domesticated camels in the Middle East happened much later than the events in the Bible suggest. In Genesis 12:10-20 Abram goes to Egypt to escape famine and he … Continue reading

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Okay, okay, BuzzFeed occasionally does something worthwhile

I’ve grown a bit tired of all the listicles floating around on Facebook these days, but it would seem that BuzzFeed put one together that’s too relevant for Holey Books to ignore. The list is called The 16 Most Bizarre Moments … Continue reading

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SCOTUS, Prop 8, and the Bible

Today the United States Supreme Court heard arguments on California’s Proposition 8, which banned gay marriage in the state. At this moment it is unclear how the court will rule, or how far. Our hope is that the Court remembers … Continue reading

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The Goodness of a Loving God: More Hardened Hearts (Josh. 11:16-20)

As we’ve seen previously, Joshua and the Israelites conquered the promised land with very little regard to the people already living there. That, of course, is a little too kind. Joshua and the Israelites repeatedly wiped out whoever was in … Continue reading

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Top Posts of 2012

It’s the last day of the year. Seems like an appropriate time to share a little bit of data we’ve collected. Here are the five most visited posts in 2012: The Top 5 Most Ridiculous Things in Leviticus The Top … Continue reading

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Dispatches from the War on Christmas

TYWKIWDBI (a perennial favorite of mine) has an interesting post on “the war on Christmas” from colonial America. Go check it out! If you’re looking for more Christmas related holey goodness, I also highly recommend the Christmas Wikipedia page. Oh, and happy holidays!

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Remember That One Time God Listened to a Human Being? Yeah, That Was Great. (Josh. 10:14)

Prayer, among the faithful, is a powerful tool. It’s often used for thanking/praising God and for asking for God’s assistance in Life. As we’ve already seen, Joshua asks God for (and receives) some major assistance in the Battle of Gibeon … Continue reading

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What Would Happen If the Earth Stopped Rotating? (Josh. 10:1-15)

From time to time the Bible makes some interesting claims about how the cosmos works. There are the creation stories, the great flood, and frogs falling from the sky, but the one that I find truly amusing is found in … Continue reading

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More on Todd Akin’s “Legitimate Rape”

We’ve covered what the Bible says about marriage, women, and sex several times here on Holey Books (here’s the most recent post in the series). A common theme throughout this series is that women are not considered the equals of men … Continue reading

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Inerrancy in the Bible and Objectively Examining One’s Own Beliefs

Continuing on Greg’s response to “Reasons for Believing the Bible is God’s Word” I’d like to examine two other points that Roger E. Olson makes that I have encountered several times when discussing the validity of faith and the Bible … Continue reading

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