Mandaean Resources Online

In one of those interesting internet convergences, two blogs I subscribe to offered links to web resources related to the Mandaeans in the past couple of days. First, Hieroi Logoi highlighted several online resources, in particular the Mandaean Book of John project that I am involved in. And then shortly after, Ancient World Online shared [Read More...]

Is Claiming the Holy Spirit as Author of the Bible an Unforgivable Sin?

I have been having a Facebook interaction with someone who claims that the Holy Spirit is author of the writings in the Bible. On the one hand, this claims does not seem to make sense, since the same person also claims to accept that there were human authors as well. But what does it mean [Read More...]

The Context of the Context of Jesus’ Words

It is not infrequent to hear self-centered pseudo-Christians justifying their lack of concern for the poor by appealing to Jesus’ statement, “The poor you shall always have with you.” The full statement, as those concerned about context know and emphasize, is “The poor you shall always have with you,  and you can help them anytime [Read More...]

A Low View of Scripture

Mike Beidler posted this as his status update on Facebook and I asked for permission to quote him: To say that if any part of the Bible is of the myth genre, so goes the rest, is to present a blatantly false dichotomy. Disregarding the fact that Genesis contains etiological literature (i.e., origins myth) is [Read More...]

Testing Evolution vs. Direct Creation

An interesting video, worth sharing with those who claim that evolution is untestable and that the differences between mainstream biology and young-earth creationism are merely due to the same evidence being viewed through different lenses of presuppositions. [Read more...]

Can Biblical Inerrancy be a Biblical Doctrine?

I recently heard someone emphatically assert that Biblical inerrancy is a Biblical doctrine. Many approach this topic by discussing the specific passages that talk about the “Word of God” or “writings/scriptures.” None of these says that the texts in question are inerrant, and some of them do not in fact seem to be talking about [Read More...]

Tension Between Author Name and Article Title

I had to share this. Sometimes there are amusing convergences between a person’s name and their job – as when Sorin Frunzăverde was appointed as the Romanian Minister for the Environment. His last name is an exact equivalent of the English “Greenleaf.” Well, today a student cited an article with the title “Navigating “Deuteronomistic History” as [Read More...]

Khaaaaaaaaan!

No, this isn’t a post about Star Trek. It is about something that sounds just like the title of this post: the con, which originally stems from confidence man. And that is worth thinking about. Tobias Buckell linked to an article about research which shows that a pundit’s popularity correlates not with their knowledge or accuracy but [Read More...]

Our Ideas about God

Via Facebook. For those who hate unsourced internet quotations, this comes from p.15 of his book New Seeds of Contemplation.   [Read more...]

Fred Clark on Pro-Life Les Mis Fans

Fred Clark had a post about the lack of support for pregnant workers from pro-life groups. It included this poignant statement: I’m still impressed by the number of Good Christian People who loved the recent movie adaptation of Les Miserables, but who, at the same time, have based their entire political and religious identity on making sure [Read More...]

Paradoxy

Via Everyday Revolutionary on Facebook   [Read more...]


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