Qi

We live in an age unlike others, when more people outside of China have at least heard of concepts like qi. But it is not a result of greater religious or cultural education. It is a result of Words With Friends. Qi is a concept that one really ought to have heard about anyway. It [Read More…]

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Back Home in Indianapolis

After multiple weeks of travel, I am back home in Indianapolis. But I will continue to blog about the various places I visited, books I read while traveling, conversations I had while conferencing, and much else related to these travels. Other than my failure to comment as often as I normally try to, how has [Read More…]

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Not Faith At All

I came across this quote from Susan Shaw in an article by Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz about religion and liberal education.   [Read more…]

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How To Discover When We’re Mistaken

Commenter Ian offered this statement, which is inspired by something that J. S. Mill wrote: Every reasonable person will admit that some of the things they believe may be false, but nobody knows which things they are (or else they would no longer believe them). It is only through argument with contrary views that we [Read More…]

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The Crackpot Index

John Baez came up with a “Crackpot Index” for those who think they are geniuses with revolutionary ideas in physics. What do you say we adapt the list for the field of historical Jesus? How do you think the list below – adapted ever so slightly from Baez’s – works? What changes would you recommend? How [Read More…]

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Christian Calling

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Ancient Israelite Cosmology Video

I've shared images of the ancient Israelite view of the universe before. But above is a video that talks you thought it, created and narrated by Mike Heiser.   [Read more…]

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John the Jew: The Last Day of the 2016 Enoch Seminar Nangeroni Meeting

This is the final day of the 2016 Enoch Seminar meeting on the Gospel of John and Jewish messianism. It has been as fascinating as each of the preceding days. There were short papers on topics such as John and Philo’s Logos, John and mysticism, and John and the imagerly on the recently-discovered Migdal Stone. [Read More…]

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Roswell That Ends Well (God as Alien)

I happened recently across the blog Our Daily Fred. There’s a fair amount there that is entertaining on the subject of religion, but the one that brought me there was exploring the alienness of God, bringing the Bible’s use of the term into proximity with some sci-fi images that you can see below (the first is “Saint [Read More…]

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John the Jew, Kingship, Priesthood, and Divinity: Enoch Seminar Day 3

The morning sessions I attended both focused on John 5. We explored fascinating questions such as: whether the argument that an obedient son does what he sees his father doing requires a particular ontological understanding of divine sonship, or works equally well if it is the relational sonship of the Davidic king that is in [Read More…]

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John the Jew and Torah Observance: Enoch Seminar Day 2

Today was even more thrilling than yesterday, as we began to move beyond stating the views that we brought with us to the conference, to a deeper interaction that is causing us to think new thoughts.   One example is the discussion we had of whether the author and community behind the Gospel of John [Read More…]

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A Unique Hat

Joel Willits wore a very striking hat yesterday at the Enoch Seminar. Can you read what it says?   [Read more…]

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Jesus as Son of God

Larry Hurtado posted last month on the title “son of God” in Paul’s writings. I thought that it would make sense to schedule a post about it to coincide with the 2016 Enoch Seminar meeting on John’s Christology and Jewish Messianism. Hurtado wrote: The consistent feature in all of these references, however, is the use of the [Read More…]

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John the Jew: The 2016 Enoch Seminar in Camaldoli, Italy

The 2016 Enoch Seminar on Johannine Christology as Jewish messianism has begun, meeting not only the same building but the same room in which the Florentine Platonic Academy was born. I am delighted to have the opportunity to participate in it, and indeed to offer one of two introductory papers trying to set the stage [Read More…]

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