Biology around the Blogosphere

Commenters here weren’t the only ones to take exception to Arni’s sexual analogy regarding science. Unreasonable Faith mentioned it and asked for responses, and the comments section includes many that I think it is safe to say will be equally controversial/offensive in the appropriate circles. IO9 reports on the possibility that we may at long [Read More…]

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On the Secret Mark Symposium

The blog Synoptic Solutions has a detailed account by someone who attended the recent Symposium on the Secret Gospel of Mark held in Toronto. [Read more…]

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Anti-Aramaic Cyber Terrorism

Steve Caruso posted the news that the incredibly useful online resource, the Comprehensive Aramaic Lexicon, got hacked. I can’t imagine who would do such a thing or why. [Read more…]

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“Quote” of the Day (Abraham Lincoln)

I found this amusing (HT Bits of Wisdom): But the truth is, as Socrates once said (or was it Martin Luther King?), “It is much easier to verify the authenticity and source of a quotation today than it ever was before, if only one takes the time to do so.” [Read more…]

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A Colorful Explanation of (Macro-)Evolution

Hemant Mehta shared this gem of an illustration of gradual change – what some call “microevolution” amounting in the long run to “macroevolution”: In related news, Arni Zachariassen has a sexy post on religion and science, comparing atheists’ view of science to porn stars having sex, and a religious view of science to marital lovemaking. [Read More…]

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Nagging is Biblical

“Nagging works” — Jesus according to Luke 11:5-10 (slightly condensed and paraphrased) [Read more…]

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Hurtado: Questions about Monotheism

At his blog, Larry Hurtado discusses some of the objections to the application of the term “monotheism” to ancient Judaism and Christianity, and summarizes his suggestions about how to proceed and appropriately qualify and understand the term so that it remains useful. [Read more…]

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Happy Star Wars Day!

Thanks to Jeremy, IO9, and Jim (whose Star Wars Day picture is the best) for not letting me forget the occasion! [Read more…]

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It’s Carnival Time!

I thought I should provide an update and say that Jim Linville has now posted this month’s Biblical Studies carnival. It has religion, sci-fi, and jazz humor. It has organization by date and by theme. It has mythicism. If you haven’t already paid a visit, I highly recommend doing so. Even the humorous pictures alone [Read More…]

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April 2011 Biblical Studies Carnival Hodge-Podge

It looks like the Biblical Studies Carnival is almost here. A brief taster appeared in Google Reader, perhaps through an inadvertent, premature click on the “Publish Post” button. I expect it will be up shortly at Dr. Jim’s Thinking Shop, Tea Room, and Slink Jazz Babe LOLcat Biblioblogging Biblical Studies Emporium.  It included the picture on [Read More…]

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Bill Watts on “Butler University v. John Doe” in the AAUP Journal of Academic Freedom

I received an e-mail today about the latest issue of the American Association of University Professors’ relatively new periodical, the Journal of Academic Freedom. As I skimmed the contents, I noticed that my colleague Bill Watts had contributed an article on a lawsuit Butler University initiated a couple of years ago against an (initially anonymous) [Read More…]

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Digital Books – If They Still Ought to be Called “Books”

Inside Higher Ed linked to a study of students’ attempt to use Kindles for coursework. Also at Inside Higher Ed is a “book” that can never be printed, since it includes video, and a discussion of whether this represents a new genre. See too the video Tom Verenna shared recently about a more interactive type of [Read More…]

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Avoid Getting Duped

Over at Jesus Creed, RJS has a post on whom to trust and how to avoid getting duped. Bob Cargill discusses the following partly apocryphal “quote” from Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.: I mourn the loss of thousands of precious lives, but I will not rejoice in the death of one, not even an [Read More…]

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Beginning Blogging Earl Doherty’s Book, Jesus: Neither God Nor Man

I have been looking forward to blogging through Earl Doherty’s book, Jesus: Neither God Nor Man – The Case for a Mythical Jesus, which is a significantly revised and expanded version of his earlier book, The Jesus Puzzle: Did Christianity Begin with a Mythical Christ? Challenging the Existence of an Historical Jesus. I have wanted [Read More…]

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