Bringing the Gospel to SBL

Under the heading of this post’s title, I will share one example of what it can mean that is appropriate, and one example of what it could mean that is not. Matthew Malcolm has suggested that it would be interesting to have a program unit or other session at the Society of Biblical Literature conference about [Read More...]

Notsrim in the Talmud: Mandaeans, Christians, or Both?

A recent article in Tablet magazine mentions the reference to notsrim in a Talmud discussion of Sunday. There is a longstanding use of this term in reference to Christians, inasmuch as Jesus himself is described as “Yeshu ha-notsri.” But the term “notsri” does not naturally denote Nazareth, and the use of “Nazarenes” to describe Christians [Read More...]

The Most Interesting Reformer in the World?

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An IT Approach to Religion

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Parables, by Robert Aldridge

This modern oratorio by Robert Livingston Aldridge, “Parables,” uses texts from Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, originally setting out with the intent to highlight similarities between the three traditions, but ending up highlighting differences as well in very striking ways. See the composer’s interview with Ronnie Reich and a piece by Minnesota Public Radio for more information, as [Read More...]

Fact Checking What the Minister Says

I came across the image above on Facebook, not long after sharing an article about what you should use your cell phone for at church. And so I found myself envisaging the above family as doing something very devout: looking further into what they were hearing from the pulpit. Anyone who says that you should accept [Read More...]

Not Persecution

The quote comes from Benjamin Corey’s recent post on his blog Formerly Fundie. [Read more...]

Soul Freedom Music

The concept of “soul freedom” (sometimes referred to by other terms, such as “soul competency” and “freedom of conscience”) is an important one in the Baptist tradition (although we see it neglected or even rejected at times in the Southern Baptist Convention and independent fundamentalist Baptist churches). It is the idea that the individual has the [Read More...]

How Fundamentalists Promote Atheism

The image below is a composite of a Christian response to the Ken Ham/Bill Nye debate, plus the scientific explanation of sunsets. It is frustrating that there are people who consider themselves Christians and yet seem to be making every effort to promote atheism. Why on Earth would anyone feel the need to choose between [Read More...]

Religion and Cola

Internet Monk shared the image below depicting how religious affiliations change or remain the same, as well as some thoughts on the comparison someone recently made between modern Evangelicalism and Caffeine Free Diet Coke. It made me think that the image below has the makings of a religious cola label of some sort. Since I [Read More...]

Sermon on the Amount

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