Recently Aaron Ross interviewed Craig on a blog and asked whether higher learning should cause Christians to lose their faith … or something like that … One could address this in various ways (Craig actually did wrestle with this in some early years, given his former atheism), but this is how he answered it now:
Answers to five questions, on Eerdword:
Sorry to have more cartoons than Bible studies on this page, but they take less time to write! (If you run out of things to read, though, there’s a huge number of Bible studies in the archives pulldown [“posts by books of the Bible or topic”] on my home page.) But once in awhile even the cartoons have a message …
Michael Brown interviews Craig Keener about his new books, especially the Cultural Backgrounds Study Bible:
Philip Zoutendam at Eerdmans interviewed me on the Eerdcast (36.12 minutes), and offers a discount for the next two weeks (Aug. 2016):
Please note that on the “Other Languages” page Craig has a free Bible interpretation manual available in English, Spanish, French, Bulgarian, Russian, and (just added) Portuguese (thanks to a ministry in Brazil; the link is below). (Other free resources appear on the “Free Resources” page of this site, besides the various Bible studies/posts accessible through the home page sidebar with “posts by book of the Bible or topic.”)
Lots of skeptics today criticize the Bible, oblivious to the cultural setting that it was addressing. Instead of seeing how biblical texts improved values of their surrounding culture, skeptics condemn the Bible for not promoting twenty-first century values that (whether we agree with those values or not) no one had heard of in biblical times. When Christians read the Bible in an ahistorical way, ignoring the cultural settings that it originally addressed, we play into skeptics’ hands. Just as God communicated the divine message to people in their specific languages, God also communicated to them in concrete cultural settings. Recognizing those settings helps us reapply the Bible’s message more concretely and appropriately in our often different situations today. If you want to apply the Bible rightly, knowing the first situation helps you recognize what kinds of situations are and are not analogous today.
This is roughly an hour lecture that I did for a class. Unfortunately, I strayed off topic and off my notes a few times more than usual. Imperfect as it is, hopefully it will be of benefit to someone.