FAQ for Students Regarding the Rapture

I’m grateful to Charles Häberl for drawing to my attention the following FAQ a professor made for students regarding the rapture, which some professors whose classes are not yet done may wish to distribute to their own students over the next few days: FAQ for my Students: The Rapture Q: With the rapture coming, should [Read More…]

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Reasons to Conclude that Morton Smith did not Forge the Secret Gospel of Mark

Tony Burke has shared further thoughts from the Secret Mark conference, and it includes some good reasons to think that Morton Smith could not have forged the Secret Gospel of Mark, as well as reasons to think that he didn’t, including the fact that he spent six years transcribing, translating, and developing his interpretation of the [Read More…]

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Your Five-Day Weather and Camping Forecast

HT Jesus Needs New PR [Read more…]

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What I’ve Been Reading

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Virtual Magic Bowl Archive

Thanks to Jim Getz for drawing to my attention something that I must have missed when it appeared on AWOL: The Virtual Magic Bowl Archive. It is a site for a project aimed at bringing not only digital images of the bowls (hopefully including Mandaic ones!), but also scholars working on these bowls, together into [Read More…]

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Quote of the Day (Ken Schenck)

Ken Schenck has a post up that provides today’s quote of the day. It begins with the same theme as David Ker’s book: The Bible Wasn’t Written To You. But then Ken goes on to say something more that even those who get this first point can overlook: The individual books of the Bible themselves [Read More…]

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Ancient World Open Bibliographies Project

Via several different blogs as well as e-mail, an appeal went out today for contributions to the Ancient World Open Bibliographies Project. Click through to learn more. [Read more…]

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Evolutionize Your Life

Those who find the perspectives of Michael Dowd and Connie Barlow helpful in thinking about matters of religion and science may be interested in their next free online seminar, called “Evolutionize Your Life.” [Read more…]

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Passive-Aggressive Communal Coffee Pot Solutions (What Would Jesus Brew?)

All of the signs below are from the site Passive-Aggressive Notes, which was drawn to my attention by my colleague and fellow coffee-drinker Brad Matthies. If you put one up in your workplace, let me know! [Read more…]

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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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