Patheos Upgrade

The Patheos website will be undergoing an upgrade, a process which will last until sometime tomorrow if all goes smoothly. You should be able to continue commenting and discussing, but I will not be able to post until the upgrade is done. When it is, I'll let you know!   [Read more...]

Get to Know Bible Scholars

A friend shared the images below from the book Get to Know Jesus by Nancy I. Sanders on Facebook. The characterization of what Bible scholars have to say in the second image is appallingly dishonest. I am not clear why Sanders thinks it is appropriate to lie to children about what scholars say, but I [Read More...]

Hymn to Matter

I recently spotted that Kenneth Leighton set Pierre Teilhard de Chardin’s “Hymn to Matter” to music, in a composition for baritone, chorus, and orchestra or piano. I’ve been looking to see if there is a recording of the piece, but have yet to find one. I’m surprised that there aren’t more settings of Teilhard de [Read More...]

Soul Freedom Music

The concept of “soul freedom” (sometimes referred to by other terms, such as “soul competency” and “freedom of conscience”) is an important one in the Baptist tradition (although we see it neglected or even rejected at times in the Southern Baptist Convention and independent fundamentalist Baptist churches). It is the idea that the individual has the [Read More...]

The Bible We Actually Have

The quote from Chris Keith is taken from his contribution to Pete Enns’ series about Biblical scholars’ “aha” moments. In almost but not entirely unrelated news, see Hemant Mehta’s post about a Kickstarter project to make a literally indestructible Bible. [Read more...]

The Gospel of John as Jewish Mystical Work

One of the features of the new Bible Odyssey website is that it lets you ask a scholar your questions. Someone submitted the question through the site, “Is the Gospel of John a Jewish mystic work?” I was invited to provide the answer, and here is what I wrote: It is appropriate to note that [Read More...]

Figuring Out God

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Who Wrote the Pentateuch?

Rachel Portnoy Bradley shared the following in a comment on Facebook, in response to my post about JEPD as four-part harmony: In my intro to OT class, we were required to do an “art project” — something creative about what we’d learned that quarter. A group of us got together and sang, “Who wrote the [Read More...]

The Gospel According to the Other Mary

American composer John Adams’ opera, The Gospel According to the Other Mary, has been released on CD by Deutsche Grammophone. It can be purchased through Amazon.com, which also has some videos of the composer talking about Peter Sellars’ minimalist realization of the piece. The English National Opera will be performing its stage debut later this [Read More...]

An Inconvenient Jesus

Frank Schaeffer has offered a blog post which seeks to highlight how unlike modern “Bible-believing Evangelicals” Jesus was. Here are some excerpts: Jesus certainly was not a “Bible believer,” as we use that term in the post Billy Graham era of American fundamentalist religiosity that’s used as a trade-marked product to sell religion. Jesus didn’t take the [Read More...]

THE James McGrath

My friend and colleague Chad Bauman mentioned on Facebook about someone else who shares his name, but who has chosen – how shall I put it? – a different path in life. Out of curiosity, I checked to see what would happen if I typed in my name, with no added middle initial or other [Read More...]


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