What Can You Do With A Degree In Religious Studies?

Those who teach religion and those who study it at university are inevitably familiar with the question, “What can you do with a degree in religion?” I learned last week, at a celebration for Butler University’s departing president Bobby Fong, one answer to that question. Our incoming university president, James M. Danko, majored in religious studies [Read More…]

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Jesus Meets Osama bin Laden

Whatever one’s gut reaction or more thoughtful reflection on the picture below, whatever one’s attraction or repulsion, or how well or poorly one feels that it makes its point or accurately represents the teaching of Jesus, I suspect that there is one thing everyone will agree on: it is a provocative image. HT Matthew Paul [Read More…]

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DVD or CD-Rom on Geography of the Holy Land?

A friend asked me if I knew of a good DVD or computer program providing an overview of the geography of Israel/Palestine. I don’t off hand, but I know who to ask. Any suggestions? [Read more…]

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Mainline Protestant Brains Rot Slowest

Since someone recently suggested to me that Liberal Protestantism doesn’t really have a message that it can proclaim that will attract converts, I had to share this bit of news: a scientific study suggests that the brains of mainline Protestants rot slower than those of people of other faiths. Unfortunately, I am guessing from the [Read More…]

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Karl Giberson Leaving BioLogos to Write

A commenter a while back asked if I knew why Karl Giberson was leaving BioLogos. A new post at BioLogos answers the question: he’s leaving to have more time to write. [Read more…]

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Synoptic Christology and Pre-Existence

At the blog Near Emmaus, Simon Gathercole’s interpretation of Synoptic Christology, and in particular his argument regarding the “I have come” + purpose sayings, are getting discussed. (See too the earlier discussion of Synoptic Christology at Near Emmaus, and the subsequent posts by Michael Bird and Allan Bevere). My own view, akin to that expressed by Andrew Perriman in [Read More…]

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Romans 1-3 and Gym Membership

Yesterday in my Sunday school class we continued our study of Romans, reaching the start of chapter 3. In trying to sum up Paul’s seemingly conflicting points about the advantage of being a member of the Jewish people (yes there is an advantage, no we are not any better off) I used the analogy of [Read More…]

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The Bible and Interpretation – now available in lead codex format!

The Bible and Interpretation has an article by Tom Verenna on the lead codices and the role of bibliobloggers in making more reliable information available. [Read more…]

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Overview of Part One of Earl Doherty’s Jesus: Neither God Nor Man (with Baloney Detection)

We have reached the end of Part 1 of Earl Doherty’s book Jesus: Neither God Nor Man – The Case for a Mythical Jesus. In assessing the case and claims he has offered so far, I found myself inspired by GakuseiDon’s comment mentioning Michael Shermer’s Baloney Detection Kit (inspired by Carl Sagan’s). I thought I [Read More…]

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The LOST Finale: One Year Later

I’m grateful to Doc Artz for pointing out that May 23rd of this year is the one year anniversary of the series finale of LOST. Having had almost a year to reflect on it, or put it out of your mind, or rewatch the whole series with the ending in mind (perhaps even blogging about [Read More…]

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Mythicism Round-Up

It may be that different readers are getting a different impression of my treatment of Doherty’s book depending on whether they have read the extended ongoing conversation about mythicism that preceded it here. And so I thought that I would post here, for the convenience of anyone who may be interested, a round-up of my [Read More…]

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FEMA Helps Rescue Millions of Blogs and Comments Caught in Google Blogger Disaster

As people around the country reeled from the collapse of Blogger, FEMA teams quickly sprang into action and, through their quick wits and patient rescue efforts, managed to save comments, posts, and in some cases whole blogs that might otherwise have been lost in the cyber-landslide that afflicted Blogger this past Thursday. Lone FEMA rescue [Read More…]

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Birthers and Mythicists Redux

I just noticed today that there is a mythicist group on Facebook, “Jesus Birther Movement (Demand his birth certificate).” Poe’s Law seems to apply here… [Read more…]

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Dealing Appropriately With Pseudoscience and Pseudoscholarship

Peter Kirby has posted an open letter expressing serious concern about the way I have expressed myself in my recent post and more generally in my treatment of Earl Doherty’s self-published book Jesus: Neither God Nor Man. I suspect that eventually the comment I left there will appear, but since it has not yet, I [Read More…]

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