Red Letter Christians

“Things fall apart”, and one thing that rapidly seems to be disintegrating is the Evangelical identity as typically understood in the second half of the 20th century. Here I’ve been talking of late about the “radical middle“. On the Parchment and Pen blog, there has been a discussion of what other terms, such as “historic [Read More...]

Quote of the Day (James D. G. Dunn)

“To demythologize the ascension is not to deny that Jesus “went to heaven”; it is simply to find a way of expressing this in language which takes it out of the realm of current or future space research” (James D. G. Dunn, in his article “Myth” in the Dictionary of Jesus and the Gospels (Downers [Read More...]

Seeking Textbook Recommendations For A Course On Paul’s Letters

Next semester I will be teaching my course on “Paul and the Early Church” again. The last time I taught it, I got students to share the work, researching select passages from a given letter and then making their summaries available. This time, I’d like to try something different. I’ve looked at a number of [Read More...]

Quote of the Day (Hanson and Hanson)

“An event that has been just around the corner for a thousand years is a non-event. Thinking Christians should not behave as if the Parousia was a genuine possibility” (Anthony and Richard Hanson, in Reasonable Belief (Oxford University Press, 1981) p.196). For those not theologically trained, the Parousia is a technical term for the ‘second [Read More...]

LOST: The Beginning of the End

They have released a title for the premier episode from LOST’s upcoming season. “The Beginning of the End.” That’s a great way to keep interest and get speculation started up again, but the title doesn’t really tell us anything. I did come across something that was significant in some book or other that I read [Read More...]

Darth Vader In Love

Many thanks to the blog SF Signal for sharing this. It has no obvious theological, religious, philosophical or academic implications. It is just funny, that’s all. [Read more...]

What Makes For An Influential Blog?

Apparently, it is all in the links. A new study has attempted to rank blogs in these terms. Since we can only read so many blogs, the question was which 100 would you pick that would give you an overall impression of what’s going on in the blogosphere generally. That’s why, rather than write something [Read More...]

Interpreting the Bible Ethically: The Case of King David

What David did (in particular the infamous story about him and Bathsheba), many of our national leaders have done, and what happened to David has happened to lots of politicians. It would be quite plausible to suggest that the stories about David were at least partially composed with this audience of rulers and government officials [Read More...]

Thank You, Blogger! Now You Can Be Notified Via E-Mail Of Subsequent Comments!

Blogger seems to have added a feature that allows you to be e-mailed when there are follow-ups to your comments. This is good news! May it turn this blog into the forum for ongoing discussion that I have always hoped it might be! [Read more...]


A couple of other blogs I read regularly have mentioned some of the surprising keywords that brought visitors to their blog (one of the more tame, but nonetheless interesting, sets of keywords was “Jesus please remove the evil from my PC“). I doubt that those same people would have happened across my own blog through [Read More...]

Quote of the Day (J. K. Rowling)

“I don’t take any responsibility for the lunatic fringes of my own religion” (J. K. Rowling). This is from an press conference in which she discusses the Christian imagery and background to the Harry Potter series. [Read more...]