Mandaean Refugee Petition

Most readers will know that I’m turning part of my research attention to the Mandaeans. While I’ll be working mainly on their ancient texts, the Mandaeans are still around today, and as many of you are aware, their existence is threatened by the recent upheavals in their traditional homeland, Iraq. April DeConick shared a link [Read More…]

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A Plan To Undermine Intelligent Design – But Someone Beat Me To It!

If I really wanted to undermine intelligent design, this is what I would do. I would create a web site (with blog) that talks about the earth being intelligently designed recently, combining ID and young earth creationism so that it is harder than ever to argue that there is any real distinction between them. Then [Read More…]

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Take Those Days Literally!

I have no doubt that the days mentioned in the first chapter of Genesis are “literal days”. They each involve morning and evening, and so we can be even more specific: they are days according to traditional Jewish reckoning, beginning at sundown. Personally, I think that these literal days are part of a larger, extended [Read More…]

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Quote of the Day (Ken Schenck)

“We might summarize Piper’s theology here as “God so loved himself that He sent His only Son (admiring Himself greatly for so doing), that whoever He has chosen to save will irresistably believe and so have eternal life.” Love has no meaning whatsoever in Piper’s system. It amounts to little more than divine masturbation” (Ken [Read More…]

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Immanuel: A Birth and a Sign

Who was ‘Immanuel’, the child referred to in Isaiah 7-9? I’m not asking who it has been applied to – I know that the answer to that question is Jesus. I’m asking what the most likely reference is in the book’s original context. Clearly it makes no sense to have Isaiah offer as a sign [Read More…]

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Quote of the Day (Arthur Peacocke)

“for Jesus to be fully human he had, for both biological and theological reasons, to have a human father as well as a human mother and the weight of the historical evidence strongly indicates that this was so – and that it was probably Joseph. Any theology for a scientific age which is concerned with [Read More…]

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YouTube for Scientists

There is already a YouTube, and it has a lot of science-related (but also a lot of pseudoscience and anti-science related) clips uploaded and shared. But now there is something new, specifically for scientists: Sci-Vee. I’ve also just discovered Bloggingheads TV, which includes clips on science, politics and other subjects. [Read more…]

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The New Perspective on Paul – Mirror Reading ‘the Works of the Law’

I remember reading Galatians as a teenager and thinking I understood what Paul was saying, and then reaching 5:21 and wondering what was going on. I had been reading Paul’s letter in the typical Protestant way, assuming that he was saying that ‘works in general don’t matter for salvation’, and then could make little sense [Read More…]

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Should Astrologers Get Tenure?

The cdesign proponentsists are up in arms about the fact that those involved in Guillermo Gonzalez’ tenure review discussed his support of intelligent design. Imagine that! What next? Will they discuss whether astronomers are astrologers who believe the stars hold sway over human events? Will they dare to start expecting that people who will teach [Read More…]

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A Review Essay on Orality and the Bible by Werner Kelber

Review of Biblical Literature just announced that “ORALITY AND BIBLICAL STUDIES: A REVIEW ESSAY” by Werner H. Kelber has been posted on their web site. [Read more…]

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External Delivery The Future – Just Santa Clausism With A Wedge?

There is a funny parody site about ED Theory – i.e. external delivery. This is a great pre-Christmas present. Enjoy! (ht: Pharyngula) [Read more…]

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