Share Buttons

Blogger is adding yet another new feature – share buttons added to the bottom of posts. I’ll be switching that feature on and see what happens. It doesn’t look like it has been activated yet, and when it is, I don’t know that such buttons will be added to older posts. But it is still yet another [Read More...]


I just saw the movie Creation, featuring Paul Bettany as an incredibly persuasive Charles Darwin and Jennifer Connelly as his wife Emma, as well as a host of other excellent actors. The movie is not focused on his famous theory, although it is inevitably there in the background and at the margins of the story [Read More...]

Sabaean Sadness

Thanks to Steve Caruso for pointing out that the Mandaeans were in the news today, in an article covering their dwindling numbers in Iraq as persecution leads to their increased scattering to other parts of the world. [Read more...]

The Culture of Christian Conservatism

There have been several posts in the blogosphere about conservative Christianity or the Religious Right. First, Art Boulet writes of the love of the fight in conservative circles. Here’s a sample: “i didn’t go to seminary so that i could get a ‘heresy hunter’ license and claim my spot among machen’s warrior children. i went [Read More...]

Writing IS Thinking: A Case for Academic Blogging

An article by Kerry Ann Rockquemore in Inside Higher Ed provides encouragement to academics and students when it comes to writing, but also makes the the best case I’ve heard for academic blogging, even without bringing blogging into the picture explicitly. [Read more...]

Building a Better Blogger

Thanks to The Bible Critic for pointing out that Blogger now has a draft of a new feature: blog stats! Simply go to “Blogger in draft” at the address It is a new feature and so you won’t get stats before this month. But for the future this will be a fantastic addition to [Read More...]

Evolution in Indiana and Around the Country

Jen McCreight posted this map of the U.S. indicating an important point about science standards in each state (via Why Evolution Is True). I’m happy to say that Indiana is one of the few states that explicitly mentions evolution in its biology standards – but dismayed that most states have omitted all reference to this [Read More...]

It Only Costs $6 To Find Darwin’s God!

In a conversation with another biblioblogger who perpetuated some very popular and widespread misconceptions and falsehoods about evolution, I thought it best to recommend a book, since all too many people think that matters of science can be settled by what they remember from high school and “common sense.” Of course, it should go without saying that the [Read More...]

Are Students Today Technologically Savvy?

The term “technological natives” gets used by professors from time to time, often in reference to the alleged gap between professors and students when it comes to technology. It is true that there are older professors who really have not kept up to date at all. One example that comes to mind is a philosophy [Read More...]

Scholarly Spice

Take a look at this hilarious parody of the well-known recent Old Spice commercial, made by Harold B. Lee Library. Fantastic! I think I’ll show it to my classes when I talk about library use. HT Scott Pfitzinger on Facebook [Read more...]

Consensus and Comfort: How Scholarship Works

One characteristic that conservative Christians and mythicists share is that those who espouse these views seem prone to taking comfort in finding some lone scholar who agrees with them. Since I have focused quite a bit on mythicists lately, in the interest of fairness I will focus here on conservative Christians. For instance, in recent [Read More...]

Mrs. Almighty (Asherah Makes a Comeback in a Cartoon)

Asherah, the long-neglected consort of ancient Israel’s male deity from way back when, has made a comeback in the cartoon Non Sequitur (HT Chris Brady): [Read more...]

Center for the Study of Christian Origins Blog

Larry Hurtado just announced on his blog that the Center for the Study of Christian Origins at the University of Edinburgh, of which he is Director, now has a blog. There’s no content as yet, but it sounds like it will be worth keeping an eye on. [Read more...]

Review of The Historical Jesus: Five Views

Here are the links to the sections of my review of The Historical Jesus: Five Views edited by James K. Beilby and Paul R. Eddy (Intervarsity Press, 2009): IntroductionChapter 1: Robert M. PriceChapter 2: John Dominic CrossanChapter 3: Luke Timothy JohnsonChapter 4: James D. G. DunnChapter 5: Darrell L. Bock [Read more...]