Round-Up: My Blogging On Mythicism Thus Far

Newcomers to the blog have asked about my views on or engagement with a variety of topics, arguments, and individuals. And so I thought a collection of links to my posts on mythicism thus far might be in order. Why I Find Mythicism Disturbing in a NutshellScholars Assembling Puzzles: Illustrating Differences Between Scholarly Research and [Read More…]

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Doubt Around The Blogosphere

So many posts related to doubt, uncertainty and crises of faith popped up in my feed over the past day or so that it seemed worth gathering them and sharing them in a blog post. Like a Child talks about Agnostic Christianity.Diglotting talks about Doubt and Faith.Joel Watts recommends embracing your crisis of faith.Jason Boyette [Read More…]

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Evolution, Education and Ecology

The National Center for Science Education shared this abridged documentary, “Evolution, Education and Ecology,” focusing on recent debates in Kansas: Also from the NCSE is a response by Dr. Steven Newton to a creationist talk show that he appeared on. In related news, P. Z. Myers explains why petitioning Google Scholar to remove young-earth creationist [Read More…]

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Eric Hobsbawm vs. the Mythicists

One popular quote found on mythicist web sites and in comments, mined from the second edition of Eric Hobsbawm’s Bandits, says “In no case can we infer the reality of any specific ’social bandit’ merely from the ‘myth’ that has grown up around him. In all cases we need independent evidence of his actions” (revised [Read More…]

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Religion-Online is Back!

Thanks to Mark Goodacre for sharing the good news that Religion Online is back! [Read more…]

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Biology around the Blogosphere

Terri at Wheat Among Tares offers some thoughtful reflection on and interaction with Francis Collins’ book The Language of God. BioLogos continues to address concerns some Christians have regarding their stance on science. The Dispersal of Darwin shares a number of articles on Darwin and evolution. (Image on the right HT Jerry Coyne) [Read more…]

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Peer Review by and on the Web

Two items related to peer review and electronic means of communication showed up on blogs today. First, via Inside Higher Ed, a piece in Nature entitled “Trial by Twitter” on how electronic publication, blogging and Twitter are leading to scholarly publications getting discussed much more quickly and intensely than was previously typical in some disciplines. And [Read More…]

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LOST Conference Reboot and Call for Papers

It is too soon to try to reboot LOST, but not at all soon to reboot the LOST conference that was originally going to be held in Hawaii, but which proved too inconvenient a destination for too many people. The conference has now been rescheduled and relocated. It will take place in New Orleans, Louisiana [Read More…]

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Aramaic: From Peter Rabbit to Civilization V

Steve Caruso, part of the team working on the Mandaean Book of John translation project, has also been doing other interesting things related to Aramaic, including providing lines for Darius in Civilization V and translating Peter Rabbit into Galilean Aramaic. Anyone interested in Aramaic should keep an eye on his blog – and not only [Read More…]

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Daniel McClellan on Dunn on the Worship of Jesus

Daniel McClellan has started blogging through James Dunn’s recent book, Did The First Christians Worship Jesus? [Read more…]

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Debunking Creationism, DNA, and the Flat Earth

The blog address Debunking Creationism appears to have changed hands – and has witnessed some interesting recent posts, including one on the Biblical texts assuming that the earth is flat, and another on the scientific meaning of “theory” in such phrases as “the theory of evolution.” In related news, Jim Kidder links to a CFSI [Read More…]

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Mythicist Eisegesis in 1 Corinthians 11

In 1 Corinthians 11:17-34, Paul addresses issues related to the communal means the Christians in Corinth were practicing. In the process, in 1 Corinthians 11:23-26, Paul cites the following famous material: For I received from the Lord what I also passed on to you: The Lord Jesus, on the night he was betrayed, took bread, [Read More…]

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Fringe, Variables and Constants

Last night’s episode of Fringe provided more evidence that Fringe is exploring some of the same themes as LOST. Whether it will do so in more satisfying ways remains to be seen. In this episode, “The Firefly,” the observers are back and playing a prominent role, apparently working on “course correcting” a universe tottering out of [Read More…]

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Scholarships and a Call for Papers Around the Blogosphere

Doug Mangum shares BAR and ASOR archaeology scholarships. And The Talmud Blog shares a call for papers for a conference entitled “Emerging Normativities: Examining the Formation of Proto-Orthodox Christianities and Rabbinic Judaisms 200-800 CE.” [Read more…]

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