Links for a Snow Day

Adam Kotsko offers a repost of the most original explanation ever as to why Jesus hasn’t come back yet. Religion Nerd has a post on the increasingly widespread phenomenon of imprecatory prayers. Joel Watts asks if the Taliban is more Biblical than supposed Biblical literalists among Christians. Scot McKnight shares an encouraging Facebook update from [Read More...]

Biblioblog Top 10/50 for January 2011

The Biblioblog Top 10 (by vote) and Top 50 (by Alexa ranking and NT Wrong-approved) for this past month have been posted. Thank you to everyone who voted for me – I came in first again this month. And since I have already been caricatured last month, you can click through and see this month’s [Read More...]

The BSG Bible

Squarely at the intersection of religion and science fiction is this cartoon (from Hijinks Ensue via io9) depicting the Battlestar Galactica Bible – i.e. the guidelines producer Ron Moore gave to the writers – here being preached upon by Moore himself. [Read more...]

LOST: Pushing the Button, Protecting the Light

It has been some time since my thoughts turned to LOST, but last night I found myself noticing a parallel between Jacob (and perhaps also his adoptive mother) and Desmond. Desmond came to the island by accident, and was given the task of pushing a button in order to protect and save the world. Jacob was raised [Read More...]

Doubly Ruined By Fundamentalism

Commenter Brian said something that I thought deserved to be repeated. The original quote can be found in a comment here, but I’ll paraphrase slightly so that it makes better sense on its own: “This is why I dislike fundamentalism so much: it ruins the person both while they profess fundamentalist ideology and when they leave [Read More...]

Practical, Progressive and Problematic Christianity around the Blogosphere

Diglotting discusses the “Tweet Your Creed Meme” and proposes the Golden Rule. Daniel Manastireanu has a sermon that does something similar, asking what single verse encapsulates his life philosophy, and proposes Micah 6:8: “Do justice, love kindness and walk humbly with your God.” Like A Child asks for testimonies about how people who embrace evolution and reject [Read More...]

The Bible and Jesus around the Blogosphere

Like a Child finishes reviewing, and reflects on, a book entitled Can We Trust the Gospels?A repost from Michael Spencer asks whether the Bible is where discussion should end for Christians, or where it should begin. Diglotting begins reviewing Maurice Casey’s latest book, Jesus of Nazareth. Remnants of Giants asks whether the Noah’s Ark theme [Read More...]

Ancient Elaborations on the Life of John the Baptist (and his parents)

I am trying this semester to set Fridays aside to focus primarily on working on the Mandaean Book of John, and hope to blog more frequently on this topic in the weeks to come than I have managed to recently. As I work on translating chapter 18, which tells a story about portents preceding the [Read More...]

Marcus Borg to speak at Franklin College

I received notice today about this event in the vicinity of Indianapolis: INTERNATIONAL BIBLICAL SCHOLAR TO SPEAK AT FRANKLIN COLLEGE 2010-11 FAITH-BASED LECTURE SERIES FRANKLIN, Ind. – Dr. Marcus Borg will present “Telling the Story of Jesus Today,” Thursday, Feb. 17 at 7 p.m. in the Branigin Room of the Napolitan Student Center as part [Read More...]

Nöldeke Über die Mundart der Mandäer

On the Internet Archive today I happened to discover that another book related to the study of the Mandaeans has been added: Theodor Nöldeke, Über die Mundart der Mandäer. It is also on Google Books: [Read more...]

Exploring Jesus’ Matrix

Mark Goodacre shared the following two videos which look at Jesus’ context (or matrix). Mark also asks whether it is still the case that anyone who hears “matrix” thinks only of The Matrix. In naming my blog “Exploring Our Matrix” it was my hope both that people would think of the Matrix, but also understand [Read More...]


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