Scholars Assembling Puzzles: Illustrating Differences Between Scholarly Research and Mythicist Blog Conversations

When scholars investigate a question – whether a question about historical events, or the interpretation of a text or other sort of data – they do not work in isolation. In every case, there is some dependence on other scholars who have worked on other aspects of the question, or on other texts or historical [Read More...]

Clarifying Gospel Genre for a Confused Mythicist

Since words did not seem to be sufficing to get through to a mythicist who commented on a recent post on my blog, I have decided to try using pictures. And so hopefully the explanation that follows will be helpful. If you think that the Gospels in the New Testament are the same genre as [Read More...]

Issues for Firefox Commenters?

I’ve heard from a couple of people that have had issues commenting on the blog. I would love to ask how many are having this problem – but of course, if you cannot comment, that will make it hard to answer the question! In many cases, if you have trouble logging in with your Blogger/Google [Read More...]

Tim Bulkeley on Unpublishing and Two Fundamentalist Approaches to the Bible

Tim Bulkeley has two posts in the blogosphere today that deserve attention. One is on how modern publishing sometimes looks more like “unpublishing” – a failure to disseminate and share, which is what publishing means. His other post, at The Bible and Interpretation, focuses on how the poor interpretation of the Bible in fundamentalist circles [Read More...]

Facts? We Don’t Need No Stinkin’ Facts!

I couldn’t think of a better title for this than the one Scott Bailey provided. From Failbook via Scotteriology [Read more...]

Around and Outside the Canonical Biblioblogosphere

A couple of links that relate by way of comparison and contrast. Steve Wiggins blogs about the human processes involved in building the Bible. In the process he includes the great picture on the right which symbolizes that so nicely. Tony Burke explains why he studies Christian apocrypha, and how it relates to interest in [Read More...]

Not Uncommon Dissent from the Experts

My irony meter was off the charts last night when, after just having posted about experts and those who don’t trust them, I saw that Uncommon Descent (the intelligent design blog) had a post illustrating what those without expertise do when they accept this principle, and yet want really badly to nevertheless be able to [Read More...]

Not Trusting Experts and the Relativity of Wrong

Duane Smith has written a delightful post that reflects on and analyses the point of view of someone who doesn’t trust the experts. Duane’s whole post is important and insightful, and is worth reading and sharing widely. In his post, Duane quotes Isaac Asimov, and since it gets at the heart of the matter in [Read More...]

Herod the Great – How Great Was He?

Thanks to Jim Davila and Jim West for pointing out the new article by Geza Vermes presenting the great aspects of the man usually referred to as Herod the Great, and yet whose depiction is usually so one-sidedly negative in both the Jewish and Christian traditions that it is hard to understand how he could [Read More...]

Believing Christmas: Progressive and Liberal Christian Perspectives

Today on blogs I read two reflections were offered on the meaning of Christmas from non-conservative Christian viewpoints. One is on the blog Settling for Butterflies and is a sermon by a United Methodist pastor who is also a graduate of Butler University. The other is on the blog The Piety That Lies Between, by [Read More...]

Judith Lieu on Heresy and Scripture

Justin Mihoc offers a report on a seminar paper presented by Judith Lieu at Durham University on the subject of “Heresy and Scripture.” [Read more...]


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