Around the Blogosphere

The discussion on whether Jesus was wrong, and if so what the implications are, continues at The Busybody. J. C. Baker has a post on blogging and the academic job search. There is an Expelled plagiarism “paternity test” (HT Further Thoughts, Stranger Fruit, ERV, The Austringer and Panda’s Thumb). Open Parachute has a nice round-up [Read More...]

Confidential Transaction (I’ll Pass On The Villa, Thanks)

Do people actually fall for the sorts of e-mails that I sometimes share, like the one further below? Are people really able to convince themselves that if they share personal data with a stranger, they will get money out of the deal rather than getting ripped off? Would you buy a villa for a stranger? [Read More...]

Krister Stendahl

The Lead has broken the news of Krister Stendahl passing away. This was apparently sent by the dean at Harvard Divinity School: To the HDS community– It is with immense sadness, but also with immense thankfulness for a singular life wonderfully well-lived, that I write to inform you that Krister Stendahl, our beloved friend, teacher, [Read More...]

Definition of the Day

Attributes of God A-trih-byoots-uhv-gahd n.—Those qualifications we look for in a deity or spouse but secretly think describe ourselves. —from Crazy Talk: A Not-so-stuffy Dictionary of Theological Terms, Rolf A. Jacobson, Editor (Augsburg Fortress, 2008) [Read more...]

Making Authors Errant For The Sake Of Inerrancy?

As I work through assignments related to the infancy narratives in the Gospels of Matthew and Luke, I am surprised how many students quote other sources claiming that Matthew gives Joseph’s genealogy while Luke gives Mary’s. There is only one major problem with this suggestion: it isn’t what these Gospels say. Both give genealogies that [Read More...]

Expelled Exposed

I’ve just learned that the web site of the NCSE’s response to the movie Expelled is now “live”. It is called “Expelled Exposed“. Take a look! [Read more...]

Quote of the Day (Jeffrey Kluger)

“Stein employs the common dodge of enumerating all the admittedly unanswered questions in evolutionary theory and using this to refute the whole idea. But all scientific knowledge is built this way. A fishnet is made up of a lot more holes than strings, but you can’t therefore argue that the net doesn’t exist. Just ask [Read More...]

Annual Meeting Reconciliation? AAR + SBL

This piece of news was shared by J. C. Baker, from the AAR web site: Board Action Regarding Independent Annual MeetingsApril 14, 2008 Dear Fellow Members of the American Academy of Religion: I write today to alert you to an action taken by your Board of Directors at its meeting this past weekend. In light [Read More...]

Review of Mike Gene, The Design Matrix: A Consilience of Clues (Arbor Vitae Press, 2007).

I hope that no one who knows my views and reads my blog with regularity will experience heart failure, or even more mild ill effects, when they realize what this post is. It is an essentially positive review of a book (The Design Matrix: A Consilience of Clues) whose author Mike Gene considers himself a [Read More...]

Feeling Widgety is Contagious

Ben Myers made a widget for his blog. Must be contagious… Get the Exploring Our Matrix widget and many other great free widgets at Widgetbox! [Read more...]


I watched the movie Atonement last night, and couldn’t help thinking about the New Testament authors. Did the Gospel authors seek to make “atonement” for their failures much as the author in the film did? Certainly this seems to be the case in the stories of Jesus’ burial, where his burial gets more and more [Read More...]