Brad Matthies Among The Truthers

My colleague Brad Matthies has posted a review of the interesting-sounding book Among the Truthers: A Journey Through America’s Growing Conspiracist Underground by Jonathan Kay. For the record, he’s the one who connected that book’s focus with mythicism, not me. [Read more...]

Political Scientist Melissa Harris-Perry on why Progressive Religious Support for LGBT Equality is Important

An article in Religion Dispatches offers an interesting perspective on the need for a religious case for LGBT equality. Here’s a sample: If the LGBT movement is identified solely as secular, it becomes easier for conservative Christians to define the movement as “the world” against which faith must stand. How much more powerful, she says, [Read More...]

Vote for Your Favorite Biblioblog!

Everyone has presumably heard by now that Unsettled Christianity is the new #1 in the biblioblogosphere, as far as Alexa ranking is concerned. Sadly, the Alexa ranking system cannot differentiate blogs that share a domain, as those at Patheos do, and so this may well be my last time in the top 50. But you [Read More...]

Progressive Christianity for Children in the News

There is a new article at The Huffington Post by Deshna Ubeda on progressive Christianity and the education of children. I know from my own experience that it can be a struggle to find resources that will help children learn to appreciate a religious tradition, but not uncritically, and to be open to expecting to [Read More...]

There’s a new King in town (Biblioblog Rankings for May 2011)

Congratulations to Joel Watts and the other bloggers at Unsettled Christianity who have also unseated the reigning champion of the biblioblog wars, Jim West. Exploring Our Matrix came in at #3 – probably for the last time, since Alexa doesn’t rank separate blogs on this site. See the full list of top biblioblogs here. [Read more...]

Lessons in Pseudoscholarly “Logic”: The Argument from Lack of Authority

The “argument from authority” is a well-known logical fallacy which involves citing an expert as though appeal to the opinion of any one such qualified individual could, on its own, settle the matter. Mythicists, in my experience, are notorious for appealing to authority. as long as one can find a historian who penned a sentence [Read More...]

The Bible’s Teaching on Being Willing to Set Aside the Bible’s Teaching (From the Archives)

In the story about Cornelius in Acts 10, Peter sees a vision in which he is told to kill and eat all sorts of things that were prohibited by the Jewish Law. Peter understandably refuses to eat such unclean things, only to be told by the heavenly voice that he should not call unclean what God [Read More...]

Review of So Long Been Dreaming

My review of the book So Long Been Dreaming: Postcolonial Science Fiction & Fantasy (edited by Nalo Hopkinson and Uppinder Mehan, Vancouver: Arsenal Pulp Press, 2004) has been published in The Journal of Postcolonial Theory and Theology. It can be read online in pdf form. Since constraints of space necessitated that I not go into [Read More...]

Change Your Perspective

I’ve been enjoying the series on “Mesopotamian Cosmic Geography in the Bible” over at BioLogos, and the latest installment discusses the reasons why, without additional information provided by astronomy and the sciences more generally, ancient people could not realize that their sense perception of the universe was inaccurate. Changing our perspective is hard, but the [Read More...]

Ari Dives Into The Abhorrent Mythicist Void

Over at Ari’s Blog of Awesome, there is a post reviewing Robert Price’s contribution to the volume Sources of the Jesus Tradition: Separating History from Myth. Ari describes it as “one of the most frustrating essays” in the volume, and having previously reviewed a chapter Price wrote for another volume, I am not surprised. Still [Read More...]

Scholarships at Tel Aviv University

The Department of Archaeology and Ancient Near Eastern Cultures of Tel Aviv University, in cooperation with TAU’s School for Overseas Students (OSP), is pleased to announce two $5,000 scholarships for international students in the new one year international program for overseas M.A. students – Archaeology and History of the Land of the Bible. The new MA program (and a credit [Read More...]


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