The Gullible Mind and the Tyranny of Experts

Respectful Insolence has a post up with the title “Straw men and projection: Tools of quacks and conspiracy theorists to deflect critical thinking.” It will likely be of interest no matter which sort of fringe pseudoscience/pseudoscholarship most interests/frustrates you. [Read more…]

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Euangelion Will Be My Neighbors!

Michael Bird and Joel Willits announced yesterday that their blog Euangelion has moved to Patheos. We’ll be neighbors soon – although I’m guessing I may end up around the corner with the Mainline Protestants. [Read more…]

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Chapter 3 of Earl Doherty’s Jesus: Neither God Nor Man

It is certainly an advantageous aspect of Earl Doherty’s book Jesus: Neither God Nor Man – The Case for a Mythical Jesus that it consists (at least thus far) of relatively short chapters, suitable for blogging. Chapter 3 begins with some general information about the Hellenistic world, before turning its attention to the argument that Paul’s [Read More…]

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The Most Popular Posts So Far At Exploring Our Matrix

As the blog prepares to relocate, taking a look back is not only appropriate, but perhaps inevitable. It is striking that three of the four most popular blog posts at Exploring Our Matrix (at least since Blogger has been keeping track of stats) relate to movies or TV, while the other relates to annoyingly problematic [Read More…]

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Fun Dies On Facebook

I just saw a comment on Facebook from someone who said “fun dies” a lot. I soon realized that they meant “fundies” and that was being autocorrected to “fun dies.” There is something poignant, and something amusing, about the change. But mostly I’m posting this so that anyone who reads this blog and tends to [Read More…]

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Religion Data

I received an e-mail recently about ARDA – the Association of Religion Data Archives – and thought I would share a link to the site, which looks like it has lots of interesting data (hence the name) collected from surveys about people’s religious beliefs and opinions. I also received an e-mail from Ben Griffith, who [Read More…]

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Quotes of the Day on Evolution and Religion

Here are some quotes that give a sampling of posts about science and faith, evolution and religion, around the blogosphere: Arni Zachariassen writes: Ken Ham gives me hope. His numbers tell me that Christian colleges don’t work with the rigid binaries he works with. Which means that young Christians are introduced and inculcated with the [Read More…]

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The Next Biblical Studies Carnival

This month’s Biblical Studies Carnival will be at Unsettled Christianity. They are promising that it will be the best one ever. Submit your favorite posts! [Read more…]

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Change is Coming: Exploring Our Matrix will be Moving to Patheos Soon!

Joel Watts somehow guessed the news that I was slowly building up to share, and so I suppose it is time to let everyone know, even though more details will have to follow later. Exploring Our Matrix will be moving to Patheos soon! I’m honored to have been invited to join Scot McKnight, Ben Witherington [Read More…]

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If Your Claims Are Unpersuasive, Is It My Fault?

If you have been reading this blog lately, you’ll know that I have been blogging through Earl Doherty’s book Jesus: Neither God Nor Man – The Case for a Mythical Jesus. Apparently, if the supporters of its “conclusions” are to be believed, it is entirely my fault that I am finding the book unpersuasive. It [Read More…]

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Bibliobloggers of the World, Unite! (at least for lunch)

I know that some bibliobloggers will be presenting papers at the International SBL Meeting in July in London, England, and perhaps an even greater number will be in attendance. Should we try to have lunch together one day? I think it would be a particularly good idea if there will be bibliobloggers there who don’t [Read More…]

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Michael Kok is Back

After a prolonged absence from the biblioblogosphere, Michael Kok is back, with a new blog entitled Euangelion Kata Markon. It’s a catchy title, but it seems to me I’ve heard it somewhere before… But seriously, particularly those who remember Mike’s old blog “The Golden Rule” should pay his new one a visit and welcome him [Read More…]

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“How To Lie About Submitting Safe Assign”

“How To Lie About Submitting Safe Assign” That search string brought someone to my blog, and I thought it deserved comment, since presumably the person who searched for it is a student trying to avoid having their plagiarism or cheating detected. It won’t work. If you say that SafeAssign didn’t work and e-mail the assignment [Read More…]

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Change is Coming: Exploring Our Matrix will be Moving Soon!

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