The War on New Year

I thought I’d repost something I wrote a couple of years ago, since the issue appears to still be a live one. Apparently the forces of darkness are mounting an attack, this time on the Christian holiday of New Year’s Day, which commemorates and worshipfully celebrates the anniversary of the day on which a Romanian monk [Read More...]

E-Mail From A Reader

I’ve had an e-mail exchange with a blog reader, and like many who commented on recent posts about Christmas, this individual is wrestling with changes to their perspective on faith as a result of learning more through academic study of the Bible. I asked for and received permission to share their last e-mail here, in the [Read More...]

Tom Verenna on Labels, Secularism, Faith, Scholarship, and More

Tom Verenna has an interesting post that shares his own personal perspective on Biblical studies, carrying on conversation with many scholars and bloggers in the process. [Read more...]

Jesus in Space (and Mormonism in Music)

Religion Nerd has a post entitled “Jesus in Space” that tells of a look into Mormon art and music, and the fascinating discoveries the blog’s author made in the process about the interplanetary cosmology of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and its theology. In the process, you get the lyrics and [Read More...]

Genre in the Bible (and around the blogosphere)

Many discussions about the Bible end up being unprofitable because they focus exclusively on whether the Bible is “true” or “false” but ignore matters of genre that are relevant to such questions. A few recent posts around the blogosphere illustrate this point. Steve Wiggins discusses the dating of Daniel and its genre. We have enough examples [Read More...]

Princess Leia Illustrates Rhetorical Monotheism

Even when it comes to something as clearly in the realm of the study of religion as the rhetoric of monotheism, science fiction and humor prove to be relevant. Marc Cortez shared this Savage Chickens cartoon:  The first thing that came to mind was what a nice illustration this provides of how one often finds [Read More...]

Combating Crackpots Around the Blogosphere

Expanding on a recent theme here, IO9 has hilarious instructions on how to be a more awesome crackpot. Christopher O’Brien and Scott Bailey discussed and shared links to a recent post of mine trying once again to explain differences between scholarship and pseudoscholarship. Scott also shared some humorous comments/expansions on the Facebook fail he shared earlier, many [Read More...]

Auto-Correct (Conference in Peril)

I just had the auto-correct feature on my iPad turn a mention of a conference in April into a statement about a “conference in peril.” Fortunately I caught it before I sent the e-mail. But I am starting to wonder if I can turn this feature off, since it would be better to have lots [Read More...]

Scholars Assembling Puzzles: Illustrating Differences Between Scholarly Research and Mythicist Blog Conversations

When scholars investigate a question – whether a question about historical events, or the interpretation of a text or other sort of data – they do not work in isolation. In every case, there is some dependence on other scholars who have worked on other aspects of the question, or on other texts or historical [Read More...]

Clarifying Gospel Genre for a Confused Mythicist

Since words did not seem to be sufficing to get through to a mythicist who commented on a recent post on my blog, I have decided to try using pictures. And so hopefully the explanation that follows will be helpful. If you think that the Gospels in the New Testament are the same genre as [Read More...]

Issues for Firefox Commenters?

I’ve heard from a couple of people that have had issues commenting on the blog. I would love to ask how many are having this problem – but of course, if you cannot comment, that will make it hard to answer the question! In many cases, if you have trouble logging in with your Blogger/Google [Read More...]

Tim Bulkeley on Unpublishing and Two Fundamentalist Approaches to the Bible

Tim Bulkeley has two posts in the blogosphere today that deserve attention. One is on how modern publishing sometimes looks more like “unpublishing” – a failure to disseminate and share, which is what publishing means. His other post, at The Bible and Interpretation, focuses on how the poor interpretation of the Bible in fundamentalist circles [Read More...]

Facts? We Don’t Need No Stinkin’ Facts!

I couldn’t think of a better title for this than the one Scott Bailey provided. From Failbook via Scotteriology [Read more...]

Around and Outside the Canonical Biblioblogosphere

A couple of links that relate by way of comparison and contrast. Steve Wiggins blogs about the human processes involved in building the Bible. In the process he includes the great picture on the right which symbolizes that so nicely. Tony Burke explains why he studies Christian apocrypha, and how it relates to interest in [Read More...]