URGENT: Suicide Note?

There is a blog, The Omega Course, which I added to my Google Reader feeds a while back after reading an interesting post there. Since then I have not read with any regularity. But I read today's post, and it ends with a promise that this will be the last, and it sounds to me [Read More...]

Photos from SBL

I didn’t bring a camera to SBL this year, but others did, and I’m grateful to Brandon Wason for snapping this one (I assume you’ll all recognize the guy playing the piano): Who else took photos? (I know Jim West and Michael Halcomb did). Which were some of the best ones? Here’s another one of [Read More...]

Palin Prophecies

Given the interest so many people seem to have had in alleged prophecies about Barack Obama in the Bible, I am really astonished that the same individuals have been so slow to draw attention to the far clearer references in the Bible to another figure in modern politics. As any New Testament scholar can tell [Read More...]

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving!* * Void in Canada and elsewhere as prohibited by law. The above saying is not intended as a form of coercion to happiness or to the celebration of a holiday from which one wishes to abstain. If you found this post offensive, please accept the author’s sincere apologies, and please be informed of [Read More...]

SBL (Secret Bibliobloggers’ League): A Top Secret Debriefing on the 2009 Annual Meeting in New Orleans

I am now ready to file my TOP SECRET report on my undercover operation as part of the Secret Bibliobloggers’ League, the shadow organization that has infiltrated and taken control of that other organization which also has the abbreviation SBL. I met my contacts in Atlanta. One of them I had never met face to [Read More...]

Completed Review of John Walton, The Lost World Of Genesis One

I’ve been blogging through the chapters of John Walton’s book The Lost World of Genesis One: Ancient Cosmology and the Origins Debate for several months, and now that I’ve finished, here are links to all the posts in the series: Introduction/Proposition One Proposition TwoProposition ThreeProposition FourProposition FiveProposition SixProposition SevenProposition Eight Proposition NineProposition TenProposition Eleven Proposition [Read More...]

Early Christian Monotheism with James McGrath: Homebrewed Christianity 68

Over at Homebrewed Christianity they’ve posted an interview I did about my book The Only True God: Early Christian Monotheism in Its Jewish Context. Click through and listen to the podcast (my part is about a minute and a half into the show): Early Christian Monotheism with James McGrath: Homebrewed Christianity 68 In other news, [Read More...]

Review of The Lost World Of Genesis One: Conclusion

John H. Walton’s The Lost World of Genesis One: Ancient Cosmology and the Origins Debate provides a very helpful overview of issues related to the study of the creation account in Genesis 1, its historical and cultural background, and its relationship (or lack thereof) to the theory of evolution and modern science education. Walton’s non-committal [Read More...]

Mandaeans in the News

Jim Davila shared recent news about Mandaean refugees: http://paleojudaica.blogspot.com/2009_11_15_archive.html#3691037173885699200 [Read more...]

Review of The Lost World Of Genesis One, Part Eighteen

Proposition eighteen of John Walton’s The Lost World of Genesis One takes the stance that science education should be neutral when it comes to questions of purpose. A science course should by its very definition “discuss material origins from the perspective of a material ontology” and thus “there is no point at which the Genesis [Read More...]

Will There Be Tweckling At SBL?

I know that plans are afoot to tweet SBL. But will it degenerate into tweckling? This recent article in the Chronicle may serve as a cautionary note… [Read more...]

Review of The Lost World Of Genesis One, Part Seventeen

Proposition seventeen in John Walton’s book The Lost World of Genesis One emphasizes that the theology of creation that one can elaborate on the basis of his understanding of Genesis 1 is stronger rather than weaker. In support of his point, Walton appeals to an Orson Scott Card novel, Prentice Alvin, which features a dialogue [Read More...]

Freethinkers Are Finally Being Organized

(HT Karyn Traphagen) There’s also a provocative video aimed at young-earth creationists and their ilk (with entertaining images accompanying its challenge): (HT AIGBusted). [Read more...]

Palin 2012 Jokes

Having posted on Sarah Palin’s views on evolution (the plural “views” seems particularly appropriate), I realized that, if she does run for president in 2012, Saturday Night Live will be able to reuse some material from its 2004 presidential bash with only minor changes. Palin: “I have not flip-flopped. I have consistently upheld evolution to [Read More...]


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