Humor in Chronicles?

Tim Bulkeley is looking for humor everywhere in the Bible, and is stuck the same place that I got stuck the first time I tried to read the Bible from start to finish as a teenager: Chronicles. Is there humor in Chronicles? The best I could come up with is the rendering of 2 Chronicles [Read More…]

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Creationism, Christianity and Critical Thinking Around the Blogosphere

At BioLogos, the next installment in a series on Mesopotamian Cosmic Geography in the Bible. Troy Britain illustrates that young-earth creationists like Henry Morris don’t only have unpersuasive and dishonest arguments – they aren’t even bothering to update them significantly, so they are the same old unpersuasive and dishonest arguments as well! Click through and [Read More…]

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Welcoming

Another great, challenging, provocative cartoon from Naked Pastor: The politically correct term is “altitudinally challenged”… [Read more…]

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Mandaeans Around the Blogosphere

Two mentions of things to do with the Mandaeans in the blogosphere recently – one exciting, one disappointing. First, today Jim Davila mentioned the Aramaic DNA project, which is seeking to collect DNA data from Aramaic speakers. I had heard about the project from Paul Givargidze, and was and remain excited about the fact that [Read More…]

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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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