The Contradiction of Fundamentalism

Via The Christian Left on Facebook. This really gets at the heart of the matter. It is the point that is made well in the Biblical story of Gideon, even though it is forgotten in much of the Bible as well. If a deity is offended, that deity can fight his or her own battles. [Read More...]

The Murders at #CharlieHebdo

Anyone who has seen the cartoons published in the French magazine Charlie Hebdo will know that they were deeply shocking and offensive. But no one deserves to die for being offensive. It isn’t satirical cartoonists who dishonor Muhammad. It is people who kill satirical cartoonists in his name. According to Islamic tradition, when Muhammad and [Read More...]

Embracing Science as a Christian

The quote comes from an article Hannah Birky wrote for BioLogos, “How Science Led Me To A Deeper Faith.” The background image is a NASA Hubble Telescope image of the Eagle Nebula in infrared light. Of related interest, see Ruth Bancewicz’s post about her new book, God in the Lab: How Science Enhances Faith. [Read more...]

Yoda, Buddha, Obi-Wan, and Confucius

AntiquityNow has free materials -ranging from bookmarks to cookbooks to curricula – related to the ancient world. Some of it incorporates science fiction, such as the bookmark below or the curriculum on time travel. Of almost but not entirely unrelated interest, The Toast has a list of courses taken by Lara Croft when working on her Master of Library [Read More...]

Hurtado on Paul’s Messianic Jesus

Larry Hurtado shared a link to the above video of his 2014 lecture on Paul’s Messianism as a variant of ancient Jewish Messianism. [Read more...]

Troubling Legacies

Biblical Studies Online drew attention to videos which Yale University has made available, from a conference about anti-Judaism in antiquity and its aftermath. Above is the video from the second session, focused on the New Testament. Click through for the rest of them. [Read more...]

The Ideologue

“The ideologue has a singular cast of mind, one that needs bold rules and eschews nuances. Abundant examples exist of those who, devout in proselytising for one belief system, undergo an epiphany, and then reach in sudden disillusionment for a diametrically opposed but equally rigid creed.” Gordon McLauchlan, Great Tales from New Zealand History, (Auckland, David [Read More...]

Origen on Adam (Corrected)

Ken Brown pointed out that the image I shared misattributed the quotation to the wrong work by Origen. I apologize for not having verified every last detail before sharing it. And so, in light of that, and since I wasn’t entirely happy with the use of “man” where “humanity” was meant in the translation used, I [Read More...]

Robo-Scribe

This post is not about the conservative religious view of the Biblical authors and copyists, whose writing activity was supposedly taken over by God to make God the author. No, this isn’t a metaphor – it is about an actual robotic scribe! Bible History Daily reported the story, including the fact that the process does not produce [Read More...]

Aren’t You A Little Short For A Buddhist?

Via Unvirtuous Abbey on Facebook   [Read more...]

Using Texts to Argue Against the Spirit

Conservative Christians often claim to be the most faithful interpreters of Scripture. But it seems to me that if we have ears to hear what the Spirit was saying to the churches down the ages, it will become clear that focusing on written words and using them to argue against what the Spirit is doing often [Read More...]


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