Right-Wing Trolling is Deliberate and Planned

A lot of online discussion is ruined by trolling. Recently, I had someone draw my attention to a disturbing right-wing website. They sent me there for the post, which they thought was actually funny. I for some reason cast aside everything I had learned about the internet and…looked at the comments. What I saw there shocked me, [Read More...]

What Time Do You Read This Blog?

Matthew Malcolm noticed that people read his blog more at 2pm on Tuesdays than at other times during the week. Looking at statistics could tell me when people read my blog in relation to my own local time. But I am also curious what time it is where you are when you read the blog. [Read More...]

Troll Amnesty Day

I hereby proclaim this day Troll Amnesty Day. Having recently seen a person behaving trollishly on this blog, and dealt with by commenters here without any need to resort to banning them, I’ve decided to lift all previous bans, and give a second chance to all commenters that have previously been banned. This will also give [Read More...]

Exploring Our Matrix On Mobile Devices

Patheos announced recently that it will be rolling out a new mobile-friendly version of its site. I know that readers of my blog have been frustrated with some of the technical issues. And so I would encourage you to try out the site today via your mobile device(s), and let me know if and when [Read More...]

Block and Share

I’m grateful for the discussions that have been taking place in response to my post about advertisements and ad blocking. My priority is to have serious discussions and a good user experience. And so here’s my suggestion for how you can maintain that while also expressing your appreciation for my blogging: SHARE What makes the [Read More...]

Escalating Ad Wars

A site like Patheos depends on advertising. The use of ad-blockers not only places the site’s ongoing existence in jeopardy in the long term, but deprives bloggers of their measly income in the short term as well. I was aware that Patheos was going to try to find a way of delivering one advertisement in a way [Read More...]

Time for a Name Change?

I’ve been thinking that the Matrix reference in the name of my blog has become rather dated. And so I’m contemplating changing it. Any suggestions for a new name? Should I just call it “James McGrath’s Blog,” or would something else be better? Silly as well as serious suggestions are welcome. Of course, I could [Read More...]

Most Popular Posts of 2014

Below are the nine posts that got the most visits over the past year. Each of them received more than 10,000 pageviews, and #1 post received more than 35,000 pageviews. #9  Ignoring the Most Biblical Explanation #8  Beware of Who’s Who Scams  (this post is from 2011, but since the scams continue, interest in the post [Read More...]

Disquiet Time (and a New Patheos Blogger)

In an interesting convergence, I was asked to review the book Disquiet Time: Rants and Reflections on the Good Book by the Skeptical, the Faithful, and a Few Scoundrels on my blog, and not long afterwards, I learned that one of its editors and contributors, Cathleen Falsani, is now blogging at Patheos. It thus seemed [Read More...]

The Bible – Jerry Sumney’s Interactive Textbook

I am delighted to have been given the opportunity to participate in the Patheos book club about Jerry Sumney’s interactive textbook, The Bible: An Introduction. While focused on the academic matters one would expect, such as situating the text in its ancient context, and clarifying scholarly perspectives on matters ranging from its sources to its meaning, Sumney [Read More...]

RSS Feed

Hello blog readers! I hope that most of you who have subscribed to my blog's RSS feed are continuing to see posts appear. But I know that at least a couple of people have found that, since the Patheos upgrade, they are no longer seeing new posts. I thought I would mention it, in the [Read More...]


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