Thom Stark Interviewed About Polytheism and Human Sacrifice in the Bible

HT to John Loftus for drawing attention to Thom Stark’s interview with Valerie Tarico. The comments show many of the typical reactions to a progressive Christian stance that embraces critical study of the Bible. I suspect that many readers will find the interview and the resulting discussion interesting. [Read more...]

Are God and Keplerism Compatible?

I unfortunately didn’t share it when it first came to my attention, so I’m glad James Kidder reminded us of this recent parody from Jeremy Mohn: “Are God and Keplerism Compatible? Some Catholic, Jewish and Protestant Authors Say No.“ [Read more...]

Call for Submissions for Octoberfest 2010 Biblical Studies Carnival

Jonathan Robinson has emphasized (and Jim West has reiterated) the need to submit blog posts for this month’s Biblical Studies Carnival. The time is at hand! [Read more...]

Have a Happy (and Humorous) Creation Day!

According to the calculations of James Ussher, the world was created 6013 years ago. So happy creation day! How better to celebrate such an amusing occasion than by sharing some amusing things that were shared on blogs I read. First, here’s a video advertising fundamentalist video games (via Stuff Fundies Like): And here’s a bit [Read More...]

Word of the Day: Apocalyptic Literature

This is from the Fortress Press Forum (HT John Byron): WORD OF THE DAY: “Apocalyptic Literature “: uh-PAH-kuh-lihp-tihk-LIH-duhr-uh-chuhr Status: If you don’t know how to read apocalyptic literature, it’s the end of the world; if you do know how, it isn’t. Definition: “Apocalyptic literature is a kind of story that God’s people found particularly helpful [Read More...]


I saw a flyer for a public lecture about Wikipedia and the Cultural Sector, and I was struck by the titles of the two speakers. One is Liam Wyatt, the first ever “Wikipedian-in-Residence” at the British Museum, while the other is a “Wikipedia Campus Ambassador” at Indiana University in Bloomington. I presume that Wikipedia is [Read More...]

Firefox Users and Blogger Backgrounds

I had heard from some readers of this blog, from time to time, that the background basically rendered the blog unreadable. I changed from the binary core background to a plain dark green, and more recently to a transparent one. I am grateful to one reader who took the time to exchange e-mails about this, [Read More...]

The Obligation of Educators to Adapt

An article in Inside Higher Ed today focuses on the need of faculty to adapt to changing technology with respect to the research skills we teach, and the approaches to research that we assume students will use. I agree. It is no longer any good talking about research as though it happens (or happens exclusively) in [Read More...]

Blogging the Soulfisher, Part II

Charles Haberl has posted the second installment of his “Blogging the Soulfisher” series on the Mandaean Book of John translation project blog. Pay a visit and see what some of the linguistic issues are that come up early in that section, and get a taste of the English translation as it is still in the [Read More...]

Web Sources and Students

When students turn to the internet for information, and end up using material that isn’t scholarly in their essays, who is to blame? If the students have been given guidance about where to look, and in particular using databases and scholarly sources, then they must shoulder some, even much, of the blame. But I wonder whether [Read More...]


Christian Beyer at the blog Sharp Iron shares images depicting a number of different Jesuses popular in our time. Take a look. Here’s a sample, which bears the caption “Jesus is my co-pilot”: [Read more...]