Scholars and the Media around the Blogosphere

Here are a few interesting links to other blogs, around the topic of the media and where they turn when looking for well-informed perspectives. As I mention this, I am aware of the attention that some lead codices have been getting, in spite of scholars expressing concerns about their authenticity. The irony is that I know of an instance of a journalist saying they could not use a scholar’s blog as a primary source, yet apparently someone who has no relevant scholarly credentials can be cited as authoritative?

I find this sad, since one of the reasons that scholars blog is precisely because there is so much misinformation out there. As I have said before, scholars can be wrong, but that doesn’t mean that someone with no expertise is equally likely or more likely to be right than the experts are.

Anyway, here are some links related to this topic.

Jim Davila and David Meadows discuss the reports that a “scholar” was caught smuggling antiquities.

Lawrence Krauss, in a piece in Scientific American, suggests that those whose religious beliefs do actual harm to others need to be held accountable.

Jason Boyett shares 21 things that you should know about Harold Camping. Some of them are actually interesting, such as that Camping is an annihilationist rather than believing in hell. But Boyett also emphasizes (in case anyone was in doubt) that Camping isn’t a scholar.

Also tangentially related, Amy Frykholm expresses the feeling of not fitting in either at the “Rapture will be Saturday” parties or at the “Hedonists Left Behind” parties.

And even Stephen Colbert mentions Harold Camping’s predictions:

  • http://profiles.google.com/sabiolantz Sabio Lantz

    I dislike the harm element of religion as much as the next, but I disliked that article by Scientific American. The person putting out a dangerous idea should not be penalized, it the ones who follow it. I don’t care if Jesus said “thinking is as bad as doing” [paraphrase], he was wrong.

  • http://triangulations.wordpress.com/ Sabio Lantz

    I dislike the harm element of religion as much as the next, but I disliked that article by Scientific American. The person putting out a dangerous idea should not be penalized, it the ones who follow it. I don’t care if Jesus said “thinking is as bad as doing” [paraphrase], he was wrong.

  • http://chriscarrollsmith.blogspot.com Chris Smith

    Pfft. Everyone knows one needn’t be a scholar to interpret the Bible! Why, all it takes is the Spirit and an English translation by a good, Spirit-filled pastor with the gift of interpretation of tongues!

  • http://chriscarrollsmith.blogspot.com Chris Smith

    Pfft. Everyone knows one needn’t be a scholar to interpret the Bible! Why, all it takes is the Spirit and an English translation by a good, Spirit-filled pastor with the gift of interpretation of tongues!

  • http://chriscarrollsmith.blogspot.com Chris Smith

    Pfft. Everyone knows one needn’t be a scholar to interpret the Bible! Why, all it takes is the Spirit and an English translation by a good, Spirit-filled pastor with the gift of interpretation of tongues!

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      Starting sometime early next week, most likely, the old blog site will redirect here, and the posts from there will be moved here, so that the past content of Exploring Our Matrix moves along with the blog to it’s new home.

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  • Gary

    The ultimate question. When is the old blog going to be closed down? Or an alternate question, do you regrete generating two blogs simultaniously, and really desire to go back to the old blog? Two have to be harder to manage than one. Old or new…who will follow, who will not? The really deep questions in the theological world. Evolution dictates that the strongest DNA survives. However, in this realm, James dictates ultimate survival in blogology.

    • http://www.patheos.com/community/exploringourmatrix/ James F. McGrath

      I’m hopeful that my blog will evolve and thrive in this new environment. I suppose you can consider it a test of the blog’s fitness if you like!

      Starting sometime early next week, most likely, the old blog site will redirect here, and the posts from there will be moved here, so that the past content of Exploring Our Matrix moves along with the blog to it’s new home.

      The conversations here have already been vibrant and interesting, and so it looks good so far, from my perspective. Thanks for coming along for the ride! :-)


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