Carnival Call

Phil Long has posted a last call for submissions to this month’s Biblical Studies Carnival, as well as an appeal for volunteers to host future carnivals. [Read more...]

Post-Credal Christianity

The Progressive Christianity website has a large number of articles today about creeds. Here are some of them: Gordon Lynch, “Dreaming of a Post-Credal Christianity” Fred Plumer, “Creeds and Deeds” Jim Burklo, “Credo: God Is” Polly Moore, “New Creeds” And in related news, here’s my “Creed” again, which may get performed at my church sometime [Read More...]

Genesis 1 as Myth

I had my attention drawn today to an article by Howard Bess, a retired American Baptist minister. The title is “Rethinking the Genesis Message.” Here’s a sample: Genesis 1 is the Israelite response to chaos and endless war. In the Genesis 1 myth, the Israelite God confronts a world that is without form and is [Read More...]

Evolution: Acceptance is Optional, Participation is Not

I saw this on Facebook: It seems problematic from two perspectives – the use of “belief” in relation to a scientific conclusion, and the depiction of the first primate ancestor shown in the image in a manner that looks like a modern animal, which confuses many people and leads to the inane objection based on [Read More...]

Viva La Library (The Information Literacy Song)

I was looking recently for an amusing song to convey key points about information literacy to students. Since I didn’t find something that was in a style I could relate to, I made this. It is goofy, but it’s supposed to me. Hope you enjoy it! Lyrics: Viva la Library (The Information Literacy Song) I [Read More...]

The Bible: Lens or Blindfold?

David Hayward posted another thought-provoking cartoon: There are so many points that one can make in relation to this. The problem of looking for God in the Bible, when by definition any reality worthy of the designation “God” is not to be found in a book. The fact that so many atheists are convinced that [Read More...]

Core Doctrines Between the Lines and on the Margins?

Has anyone else ever noticed that conservative Christians of various sorts tend to emphasize things which are either not actually spelled out in the Bible, or which are mentioned in passing or by lone authors and so arguably less than central to the faith and practice of early Christians? As a New Testament scholar, I [Read More...]

Nuh-uh

This cartoon illustrates a point I have been trying to make a lot this week, about the importance of information literacy. It comes via the Union of Concerned Scientists 2013 cartoon contest. Click through to see several more cartoons on the same theme of science denialism.   [Read more...]

Antievolutionism is a Tool of Satan

Someone drew attention to this image which they spotted on a Facebook page, “Evolution's Family Tree”: I tried to respond to it in a manner that the maker of the image might be able to understand. And so I left a comment that it is antievolutionism that is a tool of Satan. It is a [Read More...]

Re-Examining Spelling and Pronunciation in Coptic

I am grateful to David Mihalyfy for sending me a copy of his recent article, and I want to draw it to the attention of readers who have an interest in the Coptic language. The full title of the article is “RE-EXAMINING SPELLING AND PRONUNCIATION IN COPTIC: A Case For The Intervocalic And Post-Nasal Allophonic [Read More...]

In the Absence of Information Literacy

I recently had a conversation with someone on Facebook who was persuaded that students can be expected to learn for themselves how to discern good information from bad on the internet, and that their instincts will serve them well without their needing to worry about whether the sources they turn to reflect the work of [Read More...]


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