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...]

Blogging as Curation

  From Langwitches Blog. The only thing I regret is that I am sharing this without commenting on it, which is not best practice… Of related interest, here is an idea for a classroom activity centered around the ungooglable.   [Read more...]

Bible Stories for Corporations

From BoingBoing via Hemant Mehta   [Read more...]

Do The Math

I came across this image on Pinterest recently: I think the message is this: don’t be in a hurry to share what you think your faith is, or to adopt what you think is a clever slogan to represent it. Run it by people for feedback. Check your facts and calculations. Take lots of steps [Read More...]

Spirituality and Skepticism

I saw the cartoon below on Facebook. Take a look at it, and then I’ll share some thoughts on it. It strikes me as ironic that the supposed skeptic is having a conversation with a fairy. But it seems to me that the supposed skeptic is being deliberately difficult. Lots of things are incorporeal – [Read More...]

Making Money Off Of Mysteries

Fred Clark has a post about Tim LaHaye's latest attempt to do the opposite of clarifying the meaning of the Book of Revelation. In fact, what such authors do is, first, to either make Revelation seem more mysterious than it is, or play on and cultivate a widespread failure to make sense of the text. [Read More...]

Is That a Metaphor?

I've shared both of these before, but thought they should be circulated again, since I still hear people talking about “Biblical literalists” as though there were such people. Please be more accurate and call them selective Biblical literalists. Otherwise you give them credit for being consistent where it isn't deserved.   [Read more...]

I’ll Just Finish This Chapter

HT Roger Wolsey’s Kissing Fish page on Facebook. [Read more...]

Recyclable Souls

HT Steve Caruso on Facebook. While our metaphysical views must inevitably differ from those of bygone eras, the nature of identity, personhood, and self continue to fascinate. Feel free to have a serious discussion, if you are so inclined, taking this non-serious cartoon as a starting point. Do you think your soul/self is in any [Read More...]

Same Method, Same Results

Fred Clark wrote the following in a post about the clobber texts for slavery: But the larger problem is this: We have concluded that some of our foremost and most influential theologians, pastors, and biblical scholars were utterly wrong about a monumentally important matter of biblical truth. Yet, because we choose not to explore why [Read More...]

Inventor of the Venn Diagram

I got a kick out of this depiction of John Venn, the inventor of the Venn Diagram, which came my way from The Thinker Builder via Pinterest. But it actually has a serious side to it. When we apportion the world into categories, it can affect our view of things, just as Venn diagram glasses [Read More...]

The Most Interesting Sith in the World

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Grey’s Law and Hanlon’s Razor

In a recent comment, this reworking of Clarke’s Third Law was drawn to my attention: It is known as Grey’s Law, and it is the counterpart to what is known as Hanlon’s Razor: [Read more...]

Four Part Harmony

I came across the cartoon below, which seems to be neither funny nor accurate. I’m tempted to start a four-part a cappella vocal group called “The Moseses” in which we wear shirts that say “J,” “E,” “D,” and “P” and sing separate strands of the Pentateuchal narrative, just to show that it works just fine, [Read More...]


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