Oral ‘Round the Blogosphere

A particular word/name/concept seems to appear in lots of otherwise diverse and even unrelated blog posts from today… Paul and Scripture shares papers from the upcoming 2010 SBL Annual Meeting, including one by Ben Witherington entitled ‘IN PRINCIPIO ERAT VERBUM’: Sacred Texts in an Oral Culture Oral Roberts’ grandson, Randy Roberts Potts, wrote an opinion piece [Read More...]

Secret Mark Symposium

No, it isn’t a secret symosium about Mark (otherwise I wouldn’t be letting the cat out of the bag) but an announcement about a planned symposium about the Secret Gospel of Mark. Tony Burke announced that there is hope to hold such an event in York in May 2011. Timo Paananen also mentioned it. Tony [Read More...]

Dennis Vennema on Reason To Believe’s “Testable Creation Model”

At Science and the Sacred (the Biologos Forum), Evangelical Christian and biologist Dennis Vennema offers a critique of the old-earth creationism of Reasons to Believe. It focuses on comparative primate genetics. Since it has “Part 1″ in the title, we can expect that there is even more to come! [Read more...]

The Least Creative Home Page in the History of Humanity

Today I happened across The Least Creative Home Page in the History of Humanity. No, that’s not an insult, that’s actually the name of the blog: The Least Creative Home Page in the History of Humanity. This may be the only time I can encourage readers to visit a blog because it doesn’t live up to [Read More...]

Giveaway Update – Second Chance at Dale Allison’s Constructing Jesus!

As promised, today Baker Academic posted this announcement on their Facebook page: Confused or curious about the historical Jesus? It’s time to get some answers from a luminary in the field. Dale Allison, author of the new book Constructing Jesus, has agreed to answer a few questions on the historical Jesus from our Facebook friends. [Read More...]

PhD Scholarships in Divinity at the University of St. Andrews for 2011

This came via the Hugoye list-serv: PhD Scholarships in Divinity for 2011 Session The School of Divinity is delighted to be offering the following PhD Scholarships once again for applicants intending to commence in the 2011-12 academic session: The Matthew Black Scholarship: for a student working in the field of Old Testament/Hebrew Bible; The Donald [Read More...]

The Tenth International Conference on Jewish Names: Call for Papers

Via various scholarly list-servs: Bar-Ilan UniversityThe Faculty of Jewish StudiesThe Israel and Golda Koschitzky Department of Jewish HistoryThe Project for the Study of Jewish Names The Tenth International Conference on Jewish Names Call for Papers The Tenth International Conference on Jewish Names will take place atBar-Ilan University on Tuesday March 22, 2011 at Bar-Ilan University,Ramat-Gan, [Read More...]

New Book on Mythicism: ‘Is This Not The Carpenter?’

HT to Jim West for announcing this forthcoming book from Equinox Press, ‘Is This Not The Carpenter?’ The Question of the Historicity of Jesus, edited by Thomas L. Thompson and Tom Verenna. Here’s the table of contents provided by the publisher: Introduction: Thomas L. Thompson and Thomas Verenna Into the Well of Historical Jesus Scholarship [Read More...]

Another Giveaway – Second Chance at Dale Allison’s Constructing Jesus!

Baker Academic Press has informed me that they will be having Dale Allison answer some questions on their Facebook page this week. This announcement is not yet posted, but will be soon. Once it appears on the wall there, people will be able post questions, and the publisher will choose the best question(s) for Dale [Read More...]

Book Giveaway: Carlson and Longman – Science, Creation and the Bible

I have once again ended up with two copies of a new book, and the publisher has agreed to allow the second copy to be given away to a lucky reader of this blog. This time, the book is Richard F. Carlson and Tremper Longman III, Science, Creation and the Bible: Reconciling Rival Theories of [Read More...]

Babylon the Prostitute as Political Cartoon

Taking as our starting point Ben Witherington’s statement in his commentary on Revelation, that John’s depiction of Rome as Babylon the harlot in Revelation 17 “involves a comic exaggeration of features, such as we see today in political cartoons” (p.219), today in my class on Revelation I had students make their own political satire cartoons, [Read More...]

Religion at the Margins

I am pleased to announce a new site dedicated to the exploration of religious ideas “at the margins” – in other words, ideas that are not considered “mainstream.” But of course, one person or group’s mainstream is another’s “margins.” The web site is called Religion at the Margins. Take a look, and enjoy exploring it. [Read More...]

Automating Arguments and Gamifying Learning

Jen McCreight mentions someone who developed an automated “argument bot” that finds statements counter to mainstream climate science on Twitter and responds to them with mainstream evidence, and asks when someone will make the same thing for evolutionary biology. I’ve long wondered when the day would come when we’ll program computers to argue about matters [Read More...]

The Skeptical Biochemist: Is There an Edge to Evolution?

There is a series at BioLogos by David Ussery engaging the claims of Michael Behe in his book The Edge of Evolution. I hadn’t linked to it before since the first three posts were largely introductory. But today’s fourth post in the series begins to engage the heart of the matter, and offers a lot [Read More...]


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