Jodi Magness to Lecture about Ossuaries in Indianapolis

Here’s an upcoming local event worth highlighting: OSSUARIES AND THE BURIALS OF JESUS AND JAMESThursday, February 17, 2011 Jodi Magness, Ph.D.University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill In November 2002, the existence of a sensational archaeological artifact was announced to the world: a small stone box called an ossuary inscribed with the name of James, the [Read More...]

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The implications of the discovery of extra-terrestrial life for religion

Thanks to John W. Morehead for pointing out a new article by Ted Peters, “The implications of the discovery of extra-terrestrial life for religion,” in Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society. [Read more...]

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What Languages Would You Like To Learn?

Having previously started a meme featuring languages that a blogger has learned or tried to learn, I thought I’d pick up on Rod’s suggestion of a new meme – which languages you would like to learn. For me, the list would include at least the following: Korean - because then I could understand what Charlotte said [Read More...]

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Religion and Science around the Blogosphere

Jim Kidder shared a link to a post by Roger Morris explaining in detail why he is not a young-earth creationist.Rev. Daniel Harrell encourages Christians to embrace science.The University of Kentucky has settled with Martin Gaskell.Evolutionary Christianity is up to its second panel. [Read more...]

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Religion, Science and Science Fiction around the Blogosphere

Alun Salt asks whether Copernicus would have been more persuasive if he had been more accurate. Irtiqa talks about Friedrich Schleiermacher’s tripartite precursor of NOMA. Arni Zachariassen explains why he thinks Jerry Coyne is wrong about accomodationism. Peter Enns looks at the theme of Satan’s jealousy in interpreting Genesis 3 – the fact that some [Read More...]

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Happy First Day of the Spring Semester!

I know the semester doesn’t begin on the same day for everyone, but to students, faculty and staff at Butler University and other institutions that begin Spring 2011 classes today, I wish you a happy first day of classes! [Read more...]

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SBL Student Paper Proposal Policy Suspended

As several student bloggers have already shared, the Society of Biblical Literature has decided to delay implementation of its new policy regarding paper proposals from non-PhD holders, pending further discussion and review. What follows below is the letter that was sent: Dear Student Member: The Executive Committee of Council met on 12 January 2011 to [Read More...]

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Martin Luther King, the Ancient World and the Life of the Mind Around the Blogosphere

Lots of interesting MLK-day links, several of which connect Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. himself with Biblical studies and other aspects of the study of antiquity. Pete Bekins links to an essay Martin Luther King wrote for a course on the Old Testament while a student. And Nick Norelli evaluates the author of a [Read More...]

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What More Could I Have Said About Paul? The New Perspective, Acts, and Mythicism

T. C. Robinson posted a couple of suggestions on his blog of things that wished I had said about Paul in a recent post, but did not. One was the “new perspective” on Paul, and I was rather astonished to discover that I had not really addressed that topic here on the blog for several [Read More...]

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MLK Quotes for MLK Day

Here are some quotes from Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., in honor of Martin Luther King Day: A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual death.Martin Luther King, Jr., Where Do We Go from Here: Chaos or Community?, 1967. The [Read More...]

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Take the Nick Norelli 2011 Blogging Challenge!

Nick Norelli, struck by a blog post asking people if they want to blog more this year, responded by indicating that in fact if anything he desires to blog less. Surely Nick is on the right track, and if not others, at least many of those in the top 10 or so in the biblioblog rankings could [Read More...]

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MLA vs. SBL: The Free Wi-Fi Edition

As a follow-up to griping about the lack of free wi-fi at SBL conference hotels in 2010, I thought I’d share a link to the edition of ProfHacker that focuses on the MLA conference and how free wi-fi, and the electronic interaction it allowed to occur, transformed the conference. Please note not only the potential positive [Read More...]

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Discussing Not Discussing Mythicism (and Harry Christ)

Around the blogs, Loren Rosson talks a bit about whether Jesus existed, while Doug Chaplin explains why he doesn’t discuss mythicism as often as creationism (or as often as I do). Joel Watts draws attention to a book illustrating one of the more frustrating aspects of mythicism – its tendency to take modern books (with [Read More...]

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Edgars KARIKS: Rising Damp … a Dirge on the tragic Brisbane Floods of 2011

My friend Edgars Kariks, a Latvian-Australian composer, has shared a piece that he wrote inspired by the tragic flooding in Brisbane. Here it is: [Read more...]

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