The Bible vs. Men in Black

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Spirituality and Sci-Fi Around the Blogosphere

At IO9, an article on “Why We Still Love Battlestar Galactica” focuses on Ron Moore’s work not only on BSG but also on Star Trek and other shows, using religion to provide depth and realism to fictional alien cultures. There have also been numerous new posts over at Philip K. Dick and Religion, including one [Read More...]

One God, One Cross Each

In Biblical studies news in the blogosphere: David Burnett shared the latest in his series of monotheism interviews, this one with Michael Heiser. Rogue Classicism shared a link to an article on the bioarchaeology of crucifixion. If you were hoping for something more humorous, then there are some spoof religious video games at Something Awful [Read More...]

Paul’s Rhetoric and Rhetorical Questions

A friend of mine has begun looking into the subject of rhetorical questions in Paul’s letters. He is interested in both the background in ancient rhetoric – might Paul have been familiar with what earlier rhetoricians had said on the subject – and in what is involved in translating such rhetorical questions when translating the [Read More...]

The Bibliobloggers’ Dinner at SBL/AAR

Thanks for Bob Cargill, the time and place for the bibliobloggers’ dinner at SBL has been set: Saturday, November 19, 2011 from 7PM to 9PM, right after the Blogger section. It will be held here: The Press Club 20 Yerba Buena Lane San Francisco, CA 94103 (415) 744-5000 Map: http://g.co/maps/tajxz http://www.pressclubsf.com/ I still think that [Read More...]

Unity, Diversity, and Information Literacy in Biblical Studies

My op-ed piece, entitled “Unity, Diversity, and Information Literacy in Biblical Studies,” has now appeared on the site of The Bible and Interpretation. [Read more...]

Young-Earth Creationists Undermine Confidence in the Bible

In a discussion with a young-earth creationist here on this blog recently, it was illustrated once again how those with such a perspective are willing to simply make things up to try to bolster their viewpoint. One example is the evidence for the age of the earth provided by chalk deposits. Chalk is formed through [Read More...]

The Transition is Complete!

One last remaining aspect of the move from Blogger to Patheos has finally been completed. The archives from the old site are now here, and the old address http://exploringourmatrix.blogspot.com now redirects visitors to the blog’s current location. I would be very grateful if readers could help check that the transfer has gone smoothly by poking [Read More...]

Why is Ken Ham Believed?

That question, “Why is Ken Ham believed?”, is an important, insightful and puzzling one raised by RJS on the blog Jesus Creed. As that post, “Anointed? … Evangelicals and Authority 1,” points out: Ken Ham, with no scientific credentials, no credentials in biblical scholarship, no evidence, and no research program, has become the front person, [Read More...]

Biblioblog Top 50 for October 2011

The list of the top 50 biblioblogs for October 2011 has been posted. Exploring Our Matrix moved down a notch to #4 as Jeremy Myers’ blog Till He Comes moved into the #2 slot. And congratulations to Jesus Creed for being #1 again this month. Thank you to all readers and commenters! [Read more...]

The Next Biblical Studies Carnival

The next Biblical Studies Carnival, for November 2011, will be at the Dunedin School blog. You can begin submitting posts immediately. Click through for more details! [Read more...]


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