Biblical Studies Carnival 42

Jim Getz has posted Biblical Studies Carnival 42. Don’t panic, it is mostly harmless… [Read more...]

Sinful Certainty

I just had a brief conversation with another church member (he also teaches Sunday school) which managed in a very short time to touch on evolution, the dome in Genesis 1, JEPD and Mosaic authorship of the Pentateuch, and the perfection and knowledge of Jesus. The individual in question suggested that, if Jesus was mistaken [Read More...]

Biblioblog Top 50 May 2009

The Biblioblog Top 50 for this past month (May 2009) has been posted. I didn’t do too badly, and am simply grateful that my status as a biblioblog hasn’t been revoked when most of my posts this past month have been about LOST, panentheism, and various other topics that may well be very interesting (I [Read More...]

Quote of the Day (Cheryl Shepherd-Adams)

“The Discovery Institute seems to have given up on the pretense that intelligent design is a scientific enterprise. As in, this pretense is no more. It has ceased to be. It’s expired and gone to meet its Maker. It’s a stiff, bereft of life, it rests in peace. If you hadn’t have nailed it to [Read More...]

Review of Philip Clayton, Adventures in the Spirit

Here’s a table of contents with links to the recent posts reviewing and interacting with Philip Clayton’s book Adventures in the Spirit: God, World, Divine Action. IntroductionPart OnePart TwoPart ThreePart FourPart Five [Read more...]

Adventures in the Spirit: Part Five

The fifth and final part of Philip Clayton’s Adventures in the Spirit is entitled “The Theological Adventure Applied”. Chapter 15 turns attention from the natural sciences to the social sciences, which also raise challenging and important questions for theology. Psychology and anthropology both focus their attention to a significant degree on human meaning-making activities, and [Read More...]

Quote of the Day (Israel Finkelstein)

“[C]ollecting stories is one thing and preserving their older meanings and contexts is another. The underlying idea in many Biblical studies of the conservative camp, that old memories were orally transmitted, unchanged through the centuries, is unrealistic and somewhat naive. Old stories must have absorbed different layers of realities on their way down through the [Read More...]

Adventures in the Spirit: Part Four

In Part Four of Adventures in the Spirit, Philip Clayton focuses on one of the toughest theological issues, namely divine action. Abstract discussion of concepts of God are perhaps meaningless, but certainly far less interesting, unless one can give some account of what God does, of what difference the existence of God makes. Chapter 12 [Read More...]

Love Song to the Dark Lord

Jim Getz will be hosting the next Biblical Studies Carnival – do send him your posts! Jim’s most recent post shared the following cartoon from David Hayward. In deciding what to call this post, I opted to allude to the usual English title of the Gita Govinda. Not only did the title seem strangely fitting, [Read More...]

The Flesh Became Word

Before the story, there was a human life, interconnected with other human lives.A human life lived before and with God.Through him stories were made, and at least some of the stories that came into being came into being in connection with him.In those stories would be life, and that life would be light for human [Read More...]

Operation Aborted

I’ve occasionally found myself unable to visit my own blog in recent days, sometimes being met with an “operation aborted” message. I’ve looked into it and this seems to be caused by the “Followers” gadget that can be added in the side bar. So please do follow this blog, but until such time as Google [Read More...]

Adventures in the Spirit: Part Three

Part Three of Philip Clayton’s Adventures in the Spirit is about Panentheism. Chapter 8 offers an introduction to panentheism and the closely related subject of process thought. A cumulative case is made for why panentheism might be adopted as a theological framework rather than classical theism. Clayton realizes that for some the attractiveness of panentheism [Read More...]

Muslims, Baptists and Sabeans in Sunday School

Today marked the second (and final, although I’m not sure anything in my class is really “final”) of my Sunday school classes on Islam. We also touched on a number of key points about Baptist identity, which will make for a nice segue into what happens next: I’m going to take a break from teaching [Read More...]

The Only True God is Coming Soon!

While the estimate that The Only True God: Early Christian Monotheism in Its Jewish Context will be available in July has vanished from the publisher’s catalogue, Amazon.com now lists the date as May 26th! There may only be a few more days to benefit from the pre-order discount Amazon is offering of 33% off. It [Read More...]


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