Lord of the (Fire)flies

The sure sign that summer is here can be seen out many windows right now: fireflies, or “lightning bugs” as we used to call them. Their luminescence is one of the mysteries of biology, not to mention evolution more specifically. And thus the firefly nicely illustrates the problems created by the “God of the gaps” [Read More...]

Blogging to the Tune of the Eurythmics (Reflections by John Hobbins)

(Third question for John Hobbins) If you knew back in 2005 what you know now, would you have begun blogging? What are the most positive and negative aspects of your own experience of blogging as a Christian, a pastor and an academic? ANSWER: Actually, I’ve only been blogging regularly for 12 or 13 months now. [Read More...]

Doubts, Passions, and Hates (Reflections by John Hobbins)

(Second question for John Hobbins) What one historical or interpretative question related to the Bible or Christianity most troubles you? How do you deal with it? ANSWER: I hate it when people take something like feminism or patriarchy and pass it off, in the name of God, as the gospel. I hate it when people [Read More...]

Relating Pastoral and Academic Work (Reflections by John Hobbins)

(First question for John Hobbins) How do you go about relating your academic interest in Biblical languages and interpretation to your pastoral work? How do you understand the responsibility of Christian academics specialized in Biblical studies? What is involved in trying to “avoid ruining old churches” as an academic and a Christian? I remember someone [Read More...]

Three Questions for John Hobbins

John Hobbins of Ancient Hebrew Poetry recently began a meme/blogathon in which two bloggers take turns asking each other up to ten questions. He went easy on me and asked me three, and I’ve since returned the favor. His answers will be found in the next three posts: (1) Relating Pastoral and Academic Work(2) Doubts, [Read More...]

History Ancient and Modern

Undeception has shared a great chart (from Lawrence Boadt’s book Reading the Old Testament) contrasting the aims and methods of ancient Hebrew historians with those of modern Western ones: [Read more...]

Help Needed In Louisiana

Louisiana has had it tough, and the last thing they need is for science education in the state, and as a consequence investment and support from those who value science and education, undermined. Yet a bill is in the process of becoming law in Louisiana that uses weasel words and slippery language to try to [Read More...]


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