Songs for Progressive Christians

Progressive Christians are always looking for songs appropriate for communal worship, songs that do not use turns of phrase that do not really express a progressive Christian outlook. One of the best worship songs I know of this sort is called “I Will Speak Out“. Here are the lyrics: I will speak out for those [Read More...]

Fundamentalist Failures

This post highlights a couple of less well-known fundamentalist groups which failed to make a major impact, but which may nonetheless be of historical interest. 1. Biblical Antipunctuationism There is no punctuation in either ancient Hebrew or ancient Greek, and thus there is no punctuation in our earliest manuscripts of the Biblical texts. The Biblical [Read More...]

Keith Ward, The Big Questions in Science and Religion

I’ve been reading Keith Ward’s latest book, The Big Questions in Science and Religion (West Conshohocken: Templeton Foundation Press, 2008), with a view to reviewing it on this blog. I’m now reaching the conclusion that the best approach will be to blog about it chapter by chapter, since each chapter deals with such a “big [Read More...]

Music For 8 Year Olds

Tonight I had the wonderful opportunity to attend a concert by the Carmel Symphony Orchestra. I didn’t realize I would know several people in it, including my son’s current violin teacher and the teacher of his first teacher. I only found out about the concert yesterday, and quickly made plans to attend. The main reason [Read More...]

Ironic Quotes of the Day (Roger Olson)

“The irony should not escape us. Many conservative Christians oppose biological evolution while implicitly and unconsciously promoting a form of social Darwinism” (Roger E. Olson, How to Be Evangelical without Being Conservative (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2008) p.137). “Luther is a hero to most conservative evangelical theologians. But the ironic tragedy is that too often they [Read More...]

Palin’s Apocalypse

The following video from the American News Project highlights the religious beliefs typical of the Assemblies of God tradition with which Sarah Palin is connected, and the need for voters to ask her about beliefs which have political ramifications. Many were, I am sure, pleased to learn that her understanding is not that it is [Read More...]

The Guild of Biblical Minimalists

Apparently I have been granted the sublime honor of being considered an associate member of the “Guild of Biblical Minimalists“. New Testament scholars cannot be full members, since we have too much useful historical material in the texts we study for it to be possible for us to attain to full-blown minimalism in our field. [Read More...]

Tina Fey Debates Joe Biden

I’m watching the vice presidential debate. While McCain’s running mate is coping better than I expected (although just as I tuned in, she was saying that she isn’t going to answer the question posed but focus on something else she thinks is more important), I still can’t distinguish her clearly in my mind from Tina [Read More...]

Oral Tradition in Cyberspace

As I searched online for some resources on oral tradition and the New Testament, I came across a couple of things that seemed to be worth sharing. First, the site for a course on world religions called “The Sacred Journey” has several scholarly articles. Since most of the names were misspelled on that web page, [Read More...]

A Perfect Gift?

Richard Carrier, the famous atheist who writes and speaks about historical matters related to early Christianity, has added my book The Burial of Jesus to his Amazon wish list. If any regular readers have always wanted to make his aquaintance, why not buy it for him and take the opportunity to introduce yourself? On his [Read More...]

Mandaeans in Australia

The Mandaean community in Australia has been particularly active both in creating a web presence for the Mandaeans and in publishing printed facsimiles of Mandaean texts. There will be a radio show about the Mandaeans in Australia this coming Sunday: ABC Radio National, Sunday October 5 at 7.10am (repeated on Wednesday October 8 at 7.05pm) [Read More...]