Biblioblog Rankings for July 2011 (and Peer Review in the Biblioblogosphere)

Steve Caruso has posted this month’s biblioblog rankings. The top biblioblog this month was Debunking Christianity, which demonstrated its character as a biblioblog by tackling the topic of the historical Jesus (among other things), doing its part to spread a mainstream scholarly approach among atheists, some of whom find mythicism attractive.

Exploring Our Matrix came in at #3. Thank you to all visitors, and special thanks to Steve Caruso for devising a way for non-self-hosted WordPress blogs to participate. We need to get Jesus Creed, The Bible and Culture, Euangelion and perhaps others from Patheos to install the script as well.

If you didn’t scroll down all the way, you may have missed some important points. One is Steve’s appeal for help with web space and staffing for the Biblioblog Reference Library – whether actual financial assistance, grant-writing, or web hosting.

The other is the suggestion that we as a group explore the possibilities and potentials of peer-reviewed biblioblogging. I’m not sure that trying to offer peer review of some select blog posts makes sense, as opposed to submitting them to an already-existing online journal or, if necessary, creating a new one. But I would suggest that bibliobloggers ought to make more use of the label (see the image on the right) indicating when they are blogging about peer-reviewed research, and thus either performing the service of mediating peer-reviewed research to a wider audience, or evaluating the peer-reviewed work of others in a public venue as part of their own ongoing research, to be submitted to a peer-reviewed publication (traditional or digital) at some later point in a more fully-developed form. Those interested in doing so should visit As you’ll see, the humanities are not really represented there, but we ought to be, and could be. So perhaps that should be the next step for bibliobloggers blogging about and interacting with peer-reviewed research.

Let me conclude by thanking Steve once again for all his work on the Biblioblog Reference Library (among other projects – wink).

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  • Tom Verenna

    James, can you explain more about the label and a hypothetical way it might be used?

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  • James F. McGrath

    It is simply a tag to indicate, in the midst of the various sorts of blogging that bloggers do, when a post is engaging with peer reviewed materials. I think that is a more useful thing to highlight, and makes more sense than trying to actually put means in place to actually peer review select blog posts themselves. 

  • Anonymous

    I am reading portions of Wil Durant’s “The Life of Greece”. It’s hard to affirm any validity to the historical aspects of Christianity, other than as a religious movement, that had certain impact on our nation’s understanding of liberty and human subjectivity.

    Religion is nothing other than the human need to explain things unexplainable as “Fate/God”. Science has understood things through hypothesis and experimentation. Philosophy has understood man’s questions about all that is and how he organizes such questions, or if there can be organization. Some philosophers left the questions open and lived in the openness of doubt/skepticism.

    Greece and Rome gave our nation liberty and organization, which the neo-conservative understands and uses in a two layered society of “rulers and the ruled”, while the liberals seek to level under a democratic principle. Our Founders understood the necessity of leadership/an aristocracy.

  • Anonymous

    The personal or private and the public and political have been understood differently by different political commitments, values and philosophy. Everyone lives in a political/social realm, but how their personal/private life connects in that realm must be left open to personal preference, value and commitment…as well.