A Rejoinder in Song to Rafael Rodriguez’s Second Point in Third Place (or Something Like That)

Thanks to Rafael Rodriguez for continuing the conversation in not one but two posts on his blog. I think that there are several issues that are getting entangled, which it would be worth disentangling (to the extent that we can) before proceeding. First, can we identify redactional tendencies in works? I think so, and I [Read More…]

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Biblioblog Rankings for July 2011 (and Peer Review in the Biblioblogosphere)

Steve Caruso has posted this month’s biblioblog rankings. The top biblioblog this month was Debunking Christianity, which demonstrated its character as a biblioblog by tackling the topic of the historical Jesus (among other things), doing its part to spread a mainstream scholarly approach among atheists, some of whom find mythicism attractive. Exploring Our Matrix came [Read More…]

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Trash Your Theology

David Hayward has another provocative cartoon, worth well over a thousand words, and perhaps suggesting that millions of words are not worth as much as some of us are inclined to think they are. [Read more…]

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Review of Mark S. Smith, God in Translation

I am grateful to Eerdmans for sending me a free review copy of Mark S. Smith’s book God in Translation: Deities in Cross-Cultural Discourse in the Biblical World (published by Eerdmans in 2010, originally published in 2008 by Mohr Siebeck). The book looks at a relatively neglected aspect of ancient Israelite, early Jewish and early [Read More…]

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Religion and Science Fiction: A Special Offer for Readers of Exploring Our Matrix

The book I edited, Religion and Science Fiction, is now available for purchase via the publisher’s web site. And for a limited time, I am able to offer readers of this blog a discount coupon code! For a limited time, purchase Religion and Science Fiction on the publisher’s website and receive a 40% discount off [Read More…]

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Rafael Rodriguez is (probably) Wrong about his own Wrongness

Rafael kindly responded to my reply to his post, including (in a comment here) the following video, which presumably was meant to indicate that he would be tap dancing around some of the issues.   Rafael mentions a number of topics – such as whether Mark Goodacre is correct about the matter of Q – [Read More…]

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Rafael Rodriguez is Wrong on Redaction

Rafael Rodriguez has posted some thoughts on reading Tom Holmén’s entry on “Authenticity Criteria” in the Routledge Encyclopedia of the Historical Jesus. Since Rafael and I have had conversations about this topic both in the blogosphere and in person, he won’t be surprised to hear that I think he is wrong. But since the theme [Read More…]

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The August 2011 Biblical Studies Carnival Is Up!

Daniel O. McClellan has posted the latest Biblical Studies Carnival, and it addresses a range of views from carnythicism to carniementalism. Click through and enjoy! Many thanks to Dan for hosting the carnival this month. Don’t forget that next month’s carnival (i.e. the one featuring this month’s posts) will be right here at Exploring Our [Read More…]

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Fake Giants

I’m sharing some links about the subject of alleged discoveries of giant skeletons because someone mentioned them to me at church yesterday. My relatively small stature thus has nothing to do with my interest in this subject… They Might Be Giants at Snopes.com National Geographic Giant Skeleton found in Middle East (Urban Legends) Rationalist International [Read More…]

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Mystical Pregnancies and Other Sci-Fi Tropes Around the Blogosphere

TheoFantastique and Political Jesus shared a video as well as some links related to a classic trope in both religion and sci-fi: the impregnation of a woman with a child from another world: Elsewhere in the realm of sci-fi, Rod of Alexandria also posted a farcical account of the most famous time lord bringing the [Read More…]

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Always Be Prepared To Make Up An Answer

I remember from my younger days in a conservative Christian context the importance we placed on 1 Peter 3:15: “Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have.” We didn’t often continue into the sentence that follows, “But do this with gentleness [Read More…]

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Carnivals are Coming

Dan McClellan’s Biblical Studies Carnival will be here soon. Do also keep in mind that the next Biblical Studies Carnival after that will be hosted right here at Exploring Our Matrix. And so, as you write your posts on topics related to Biblical studies during the month of August, feel free to send me a [Read More…]

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The Secret of David’s Success?

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New Web Address for the Clergy Letter Project

In connection with Michael Zimmerman’s move to a new academic home (he has become the academic vice president and provost at the Evergreen State College), the web address for the Clergy Letter Project and Evolution Weekend has changed. The web site can now be reached at http://theclergyletterproject.org/ If you are connected with a religious community [Read More…]

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