Facebook, Blogs and Comments

Hacking Christianity drew my attention to a new feature allowing one’s comments on a blog post via Facebook to also appear on the blog itself. I’m happy to respect the privacy of commenters, but as someone who approaches Facebook more as a place for networking than a place just for very close friends and family, [Read More...]

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The Society of Biblical Literature, the Academy, and the Church

Jim Linville has posted concerns about the proliferation of sessions at the SBL Annual Meeting which focus on or relate to theology and the concerns of religious communities, even while curtailing or cutting back on some more mainstream scholarly sessions. I am in two minds about this, since it is certainly the case that many [Read More...]

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Conference on Musical Reception of Classical Antiquity

Rogue Classicism shared information about a conference on the musical reception of classical antiquity. Please, someone do a paper on Genesis (I mean the band, of course). Classical references abound. Here’s one of my favorite examples – Cinema Show, which mentions Tiresias: One could trace this one figure through progressive rock – I discovered this [Read More...]

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Spring Ahead (or You’ll Fall Behind!)

This is a friendly reminder to those who need to change their clocks tonight (or early tomorrow morning, to be precise) because of daylight savings time. If you are not in a part of the world where this applies, or you were really hoping to have an excuse to get to church late tomorrow, please [Read More...]

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Mythicism and the Blood of Heavenly Beings

The question of whether Paul’s minimal information about Jesus is sufficient to confirm that Paul intended to refer to a real, flesh and blood, historical human being is a key point of disagreement between the historicist, agnostic and mythicist positions regarding Jesus’ historicity. In addition to the references to Jesus’ birth and crucifixion, we ought [Read More...]

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Science and Religion Around the Blogosphere

John Morehead shared a web site he recently discovered, Suvudu, which looks at the possibility of a robot apocalypse (among other things). Lauri Lebo highlights the record number of creationist/intelligent design bills proposed this year. P. Z. Myers shares a test that is probably parody, but could become reality if some of the aforementioned laws were [Read More...]

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Summer Brings London Monotheism

On the Early Jewish Monotheism blog today, the program for the sessions on monotheism in Biblical studies for the International SBL meeting in London this summer were announced. Looking at the line-up of presenters and paper topics, I’m tempted to ask for an extension on an article on monotheism that I am scheduled to have [Read More...]

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Dystopian/Utopian Conference in Dystopian Utopian Location

Roland Boer posted mention today of a conference to be held in Baia Mare, Romania. The theme is “From Francis Bacon to William Golding: Utopias and Dystopias of Today and of Yore” and the conference will be held October 20-23, 2011. [Read more...]

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Google Docs in the Classroom

Inspired by ProfHacker, I tried using Google Docs for collective note-taking in a recent class. It quickly became clear that this was not simply a means to work together in recording important points, but a means to interact with one another in the risk-free manner that this generation has grown accustomed to: anonymously. As the [Read More...]

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Deified Messaging System

In a previous post I mentioned that Butler University has a new unified messaging system that sends voice mail via e-mail, as well as allowing you to check your e-mail by phone. In that post I mentioned it telling someone “You have an e-mail from Jesus.” In a voice mail message I left for someone [Read More...]

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2081

I just watched the movie 2081, based much more faithfully on Kurt Vonnegut’s short story “Harrison Bergeron” than the movie actually named Harrison Bergeron. I still like the earlier movie better. It may be partly because I saw it first. But I think my preference is also because the movie developed further the technological details, the political [Read More...]

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Legislation Defending Pseudoscience

The National Center for Science Education and the Texas Freedom Network have highlighted new legislation proposed by Bill Zedler to protect those who advocate and discuss Intelligent Design in science classrooms in Texas from “discrimination.” I think the proposed legislation doesn’t go nearly far enough. All pseudoscience should get similar protection under law, and this makes [Read More...]

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Compose an Anthem

I’m not sure how many readers I have who are likely to be interested in this sort of thing. But I learned from Eric Whitacre’s blog that Abbey Road Studio is having an anthem composition competition. The deadline is July 15th. The prize is having your anthem recorded! [Read more...]

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Academic Journals and their Widgets

Academic journals may be slow in moving to open access, but at least they seem to be moving in the direction of embracing and utilizing current technology. New Testament Studies, for instance, has a widget that you can add to your blog, Facebook, and other sites. if (WIDGETBOX) WIDGETBOX.renderWidget(’617c5ab3-85ad-4832-a731-77495dab8f45′);Get the Cambridge Journals Online widget NTS [Read More...]

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