Abraham’s Test Updated

Yesterday in my first year seminar class, we talked about the story in which Abraham sets out to sacrifice Isaac. Since first-year university students tend not to have children, I wondered what could be as precious to them as a child would have been to an aged patriarch. I jokingly suggested their phones, and the idea for [Read More...]

How to Use Office on iPad with Dropbox

I decided that it was worth getting an Office 365 subscription in order to be able to work with Microsoft Word and other Office documents on my iPad, including all the relevant features, such as footnotes and review comments. A big frustration that many users have voiced is that there is no built-in integration of [Read More...]

An IT Approach to Religion

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GenCon and the Future of Gaming

GenCon 2014 is fast approaching – a little over two weeks. If you will be in Indianapolis for the occasion, let me know – perhaps our paths will cross, although it is unlikely to happen unless it is planned, given how large and crowded an event it is. To celebrate the occasion, I thought I’d share [Read More...]

Psalm for an Idol

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Online Resources

A wealth of online resources have come to my attention in recent days: Older issues of the journal Neotestamentica are available online for free. David Meadow shared materials from an epigraphy workshop. AWOL pointed out a wealth of Coptic resources, as well as a free app for taking a field trip to Corinth. Jim West [Read More...]

Profs on Screens

Matthew Morgenstern shared the above cartoon on Facebook, while Tim Bulkeley wrote a blog post about increasing the number of videos of scholars speaking. I’d like to see even more use of animation and other elements that would make the videos of us speaking more interesting. But I’m not sure that putting ourselves on screens [Read More...]

Kindle, We Pray

I saw this prayer on Reddit, with the headline “Kindle, we pray, in every heart the true love of peace…”:   Morning Prayer: For Peace: Almighty God, kindle, we pray, in every heart the true love of peace, and guide with your wisdom those who take counsel for the nations of the earth, that in [Read More...]

Steps to Fundamentalist Adoption of New Technology

Unless you're a fundamentalist Calvinist, in which case substitute “Arminianism.” Via Skipper Georg Warnecke on Facebook.   [Read more...]

Ancient Greek OCR

I haven’t tried it out yet, but the news AWOL shared about optical character recognition software that works with ancient Greek is exciting, and so I am passing it on now. If you get to try it out before I do, please let me know how it works!   [Read more...]

The Internet Is Not Killing Religion

There have been a lot of posts about a recent study which showed a correlation between increasing internet use and decreasing religiosity. Some of them have headlines about “the internet killing religion.” It is worth asking some hard questions: If religion can be eliminated by the internet, what was it, and is it something worth [Read More...]


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