Childlike Faith in Action

From SMBC via Jerry Coyne How the idea that “childlike faith” is unquestioning faith ever caught on is beyond me. Anyone who has had children or remembers being  a child ought to know better. The Book of Job concludes with a stamp of divine approval being given to Job’s questioning while disapproval is expressed for [Read More...]

If You Are Confident You Understand the Whole Bible, You Are Either Dishonest or Have Not Been Paying Attention When Reading It

This was posted at Stuff Fundies Like, together with a reflection on tactics fundamentalists use to avoid acknowledging that there are confusing and unintelligible things in the Bible. Sadly, those tactics lead most fundamentalists to never open a commentary or pursue other lines of inquiry that might actually lead them to understand more than they [Read More...]

Call for Submissions for this month’s Biblical Studies Carnival

Tom Verenna will be hosting the next Biblical Studies Carnival. If you have posted something on a blog this month on the topic of Biblical studies, write to him and tell him about it! [Read more...]

Does Seminary Education Have a Future?

I unfortunately didn’t find the time to chime in myself, but Patheos hosted a multi-blog conversation on the future of seminary education, and I wanted to at least link to it and share it with you. If you have any thoughts about the subject, feel free to leave a comment, whether here or on one [Read More...]

Doctor Who: The Keys of Marinus

The planet Marinus, the Doctor and his companions learn not long after arriving there, has a fascinating history. The people of the planet created a sophisticated computer that could serve as the perfect judge and administrator. Then they found that it could even do more – it could control the minds of people and eliminate [Read More...]

History: Like a Civil Trial or a Criminal Trial?

As many readers will know, I have in the past compared what historians do to what a jury tries to do in a criminal case: prove matters “beyond reasonable doubt.” Today I reported for jury duty. In the end I wasn’t picked to serve. “Many are called but few are chosen.” During the preliminaries, the [Read More...]

Genesis and Young-Earth Creationists Demean God!

I have decided no longer to put up quietly with the teachings of Genesis 1 and young-earth creationists. How dare they demean God and make him out to be only very powerful rather than omnipotent? Why can they not accept that teaching creation in six days detracts from God’s glory, when God, being omnipotent, could [Read More...]

Torchwood: Invisible Eugene, Out of Time, and the Soul of Sci-Fi

The ninth episode of the first season of Torchwood, “Invisible Eugene,” is full of poignant double entendres and symbolism. The title itself reflects the life of an individual who, after failing in a math competition, was abandoned by his father and ignored by most people as he followed a trajectory that involved entering into possession [Read More...]

Goodbye, Google Reader?

It sounds as though the time has come to say farewell to Google Reader – whether we like to or not. The announced plan to eliminate Google Reader and integrate some (but not all) of its features with Google+ will presumably affect this blog in at least one concrete way: the sidebar in which I [Read More...]

Review of Jesus, Gnosis and Dogma

My review of the book Jesus, Gnosis and Dogma by Riemer Roukema has been posted on the Review of Biblical Literature web site. [Read more...]

TV News Coverage of the Israel-Egypt Conflict (c. 1300 BCE)

HT Hemant Mehta [Read more...]


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