Peer-Reviewed Christianity

While I’m reasonably content to wear the label “Liberal Christian” (even though adjectives like ‘Romantic’ and ‘Bultmannian’ are probably more accurate in indicating my views), I’m aware that many are uncomfortable with the term Liberal, as at once unhelpfully vague and as having negative connotations in certain circles. Perhaps instead we could talk about peer-reviewed [Read More...]

A Projector Story from #SBL10

Bob Cargill’s rendition of an official SBL projector There was a lot of discussion prior to the Society of Biblical Literature annual meeting about the fact that using a projector for PowerPoint would cost $25 if you requested it at the time you submitted your proposal, and $75 if you requested it later. Since I [Read More...]

The Full #SBL10 Blogger Session and More

Since Scott Bailey posted the full round-up of papers from the Blogger and Online Publication Session at the 2010 Society of Biblical Literature annual meeting in Atlanta, what’s left to hope for? As readers of Chris Brady’s blog already know, the answer is…podcasts! Chris shared a recording of Jim Davila’s presentation, and promises more to [Read More...]

Do You Know It’s A Myth?

An atheist billboard in New Jersey about Christmas got mentioned in the iReport section on CNN. It seemed worth blogging about, for several reasons. But before that, here’s the billboard in question: Here’s my first thought about the billboard and reactions to it: People have a right to feel offended at the billboard, and those [Read More...]

Ursula Goodenough on Revelation with Errata Sheets

I’m grateful to Joseph Kelly (whom I had the pleasure of meeting in person at SBL this year) for letting me know about the NPR science blog. Poking around I found a recent article by Ursula Goodenough which discusses knowledge, revelation, religion and science. Here’s a sample: I would say that scientific understandings represent revelations [Read More...]

“Biology Simply Means Evolution”

Via the NCSE, I learned of an op-ed piece entitled “The Devolution of Evolution” in The Scientist which reiterates the fundamental importance of evolution as the unifying theory that allows us to make sense of diverse fields such as genetics, embryology, and paleontology, and to understand their relationship to one another. The author of the article, [Read More...]

SOMA: New Online Open Access Theology Journal. Call for Paper on Theology and Globalization

My friend Robert Heaney let me know that a new journal, SOMA: An International Journal of Theological Discourses and Counter-Discourses, of which he is the editor, has issued a call for papers for its inaugural issue: CALL FOR PAPERS ON THE THEME OF: “THEOLOGY & GLOBALIZATION” Articles Soma is now accepting articles on the theme [Read More...]

What Do We Want Copyright To Do?

Cory Doctorow has a fascinating article with this title in The Guardian (HT 3QuarksDaily). Providing both a historical perspective as well as explaining why historic legal agreements on copyright are ignored because they make little or no sense when applied to the present day, the article encourages us to think creatively about copyright. At present, [Read More...]

Preservation of Scholarship in a Digital Age

Thanks to Brad Matthies for pointing out the article “Preservation of Scholarship: The Digital Dilemma” by Lynch and Marcum. [Read more...]

How To Tell If You Have a Blogging Problem

There are a lot of web sites that help you figure out if you have a drinking problem. But there don’t seem to be any that help you figure out if you have a blogging problem. Fortunately, all that is needed is to copy from a site about alcohol addiction, and use find and replace [Read More...]

Responsible Blog Ownership

This post was inspired by something Ken Schenck said to me on the flight back from SBL, which I misheard. It sounded like he mentioned needing to get up at night to let the blog out. Although he in fact said dog, bloggers do sometimes need to get up at night and let the blog [Read More...]

Bob Cargill’s Presentations from the Blogger Session at #SBL10

Bob Cargill has shared both his introductory remarks and his paper, “Instruction, Research, and the Future of Online Educational Technologies”, from the session on blogging and online publication at the 2010 Annual Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature. Thanks to Bob from all of us not only for his own presentation but also for organizing [Read More...]

Three Important Thanksgiving Messages

The first is to wish all readers who celebrate Thanksgiving today a Happy Thanksgiving. The second is to pass on a cartoon from David Hayward and encourage you to remember the martyrs who gave their lives so that you could celebrate this day in the traditional manner. Finally, I join with Jerry Coyne in saying [Read More...]

The Blogging Revolution: New Technologies and their Impact on How we do Scholarship

What follows below is the text of my presentation at the session on blogging and online publication at the Society of Biblical Literature 2010 annual meeting in Atlanta. The Blogging Revolution: New Technologies and their Impact on How we do Scholarship James F. McGrath When I begin with the question “What is a blog?” I am not asking [Read More...]


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