You Don’t Know The Language Until You Can Say “Fireman”

I’m always on the lookout for resources related to the Mandaic language, primarily its ancient classical form, but also the modern spoken version. (If anyone ever comes across a copy of the Drower and Macuch Mandaic Dictionary, please let me know!) Today I came across “Mandaean school lessons in English“, in fact a single lesson [Read More...]

Christian Identity and Dalit Religion in Hindu India, 1868–1947

My colleague Chad Bauman’s forthcoming book on conversion to Christianity in India is now listed on Amazon and on the publisher’s web page. Here are the details: Chad Bauman, Christian Identity and Dalit Religion in Hindu India, 1868-1947 (Studies in the History of Christian Missions) (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2008). Congratulations, Chad! [Read more...]

Happy Independence Day!

It is the 4th of July, and in the United States, we often find people mixing Christianity and nationalism in ways that are at best ironic, and at times downright contradictory. The 4th of July is thus an appropriate day for reflection on Christianity, nationalism, and what might have been different had the colonies in [Read More...]

Exploring Our Matrix contains no four-letter words

OnePlusYou Quizzes and Widgets [Read more...]

The Passion of the Flying Spaghetti Monster

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An Appeal To The Public About Intelligent Design

Scientific theories are tested by scientists, whether in labs or in real-life scenarios that relate to the theory. Taking measurements, creating laboratory scenarios, painstakingly eliminating extraneous influences in a controlled environment, making repeated observations – all that is the stuff of science, the way science proceeds. The proponents of “Intelligent Design” (or cdesign proponentsists, as [Read More...]

A Puzzle For The Would-Be Student Of Mandaic

OK, let me see if I’ve got this straight. There are scarcely any resources readily available to enable one to learn Mandaic, and most of the resources that have ever existed are out of print and, if one can even find a copy, very expensive. Yet there are apparently enough people who know Mandaic for [Read More...]

Family Guy: Blue Harvest

At the recommendation of several of my students, I watched the Family Guy – Blue Harvest, the Family Guy Star Wars parody episode. Although there was a fair bit of rude humor and other aspects that are not for the faint hearted, some of it was so well done as to deserve a recommendation. Among [Read More...]

Nosrim wa-Minim = Nasuraiia wa-Mandaiia?

Scholars of both the Bible and Rabbinic literature will be familiar with discussions of the Eighteen Benedictions (Shemoneh Esreh) and the debates about the history and original form of the “birkat ha-minim”, the “blessing (i.e. cursing) of the heretics”. Many New Testament scholars have intersected with this subject as it has been discussed in connection [Read More...]

Intelligent Design Is Pure Science…

“Intelligent Design is pure science” has been the claim of the movement associated with this name from the outset. And now you can read about it in a brand new book that explains what Intelligent Design is. The foreword to the book is written by a well-known conservative Christian apologist (and one of the authors [Read More...]

Have We LOST The Doctor?

I just watched the latest episode of Doctor Who, “The Stolen Earth” [SPOILER WARNING for American viewers]. Fan sites are abuzz with speculation about what is going on, since David Tennant is supposed to be back as the Doctor in subsequent episodes. But Davros had been monitoring earth and watching LOST – that’s where he [Read More...]