Bob Cargill’s Presentations from the Blogger Session at #SBL10

Bob Cargill has shared both his introductory remarks and his paper, “Instruction, Research, and the Future of Online Educational Technologies”, from the session on blogging and online publication at the 2010 Annual Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature. Thanks to Bob from all of us not only for his own presentation but also for organizing [Read More...]

Three Important Thanksgiving Messages

The first is to wish all readers who celebrate Thanksgiving today a Happy Thanksgiving. The second is to pass on a cartoon from David Hayward and encourage you to remember the martyrs who gave their lives so that you could celebrate this day in the traditional manner. Finally, I join with Jerry Coyne in saying [Read More...]

The Blogging Revolution: New Technologies and their Impact on How we do Scholarship

What follows below is the text of my presentation at the session on blogging and online publication at the Society of Biblical Literature 2010 annual meeting in Atlanta. The Blogging Revolution: New Technologies and their Impact on How we do Scholarship James F. McGrath When I begin with the question “What is a blog?” I am not asking [Read More...]

Bloggership: The #SBL10 Session on Blogging and Online Publication

“Bloggership” is a term for scholarly blogging which I learned at the SBL session on blogging. I will share my own paper from that session here soon (with slides and links!), but in the mean time I wanted to share links to the posts of other bloggers sharing their papers from the session, accounts of [Read More...]

Fear and Faith in the Blogosphere

Several posts over the last few days have touched on the topics of courage and fear, faith and atheism. It seemed worth gathering them together. The most amusing of them is Hacking Christianity’s “Fear Will Keep The Local Churches In Line” alluding to the Star Wars scene in the picture in this post. Some church [Read More...]

Lostaholics Anonymous and Christianity

Nikki Stafford has posted her latest installment in her blog series “Lostaholics Anonymous.” The subject is the finale and the way it polarized fans. Nikki discusses the fact that some were put off by the ending’s overt Christian overtones. In fact, some were put off by its non-Christian overtones, the pluralistic symbolism. But I think [Read More...]

Two Pictures of Me #SBL10

Joel Watts snapped a photo of me presenting at the section on blogging at the Society of Biblical Literature meeting: As you can see from the image projected on the screen, my talk was about what happens when matter and antimatter collide. Jim Linville‘s picture, while somewhat more impressionistic, is not for that reason less [Read More...]


By complete coincidence I am sitting next to Ken Schenck, a good friend and fellow New Testament scholar and blogger, on a flight back from Atlanta, where this year’s Society of Biblical Literature conference was held. Neither of the main conference hotels provided free wi-fi, and so I didn’t manage to blog the conference as [Read More...]

Continuing Conversation with Larry Hurtado on Monotheism, Christology and Worship

I am delighted that Larry Hurtado has taken the time to respond to my earlier response, and allow his review of The Only True God to evolve into a “bloggersation.” To begin my own brief reply, let me not only share the link to Hurtado’s reply, but also links to a couple of my own earlier blog [Read More...]

What Just Happened? Jim Davila’s Concise History of Biblioblogging

Jim Davila has made his conference paper on biblioblogging available on his blog. The title of the paper is “WHAT JUST HAPPENED: The rise of “biblioblogging” in the first decade of the twenty-first century.” His doing so also illustrates another potential use for blogs – distributing copies of one’s conference paper, or at least handouts, in a [Read More...]

Tony Burke reviews The Heresy of Orthodoxy

Tony Burke is blogging his way through The Heresy of Orthodoxy by Kostenberger and Kruger. Today in part 3, he draws attention to some problematic aspects of the book’s approach. It sounds like the sort of book that may (and perhaps should?) simply be dismissed or ignored by mainstream scholars, since its authors choose to attempt [Read More...]

Project Information Literacy

Many thanks to Jim Getz for drawing attention to Project Information Literacy, and in particular a study they did on the way students use online sources of information. The report, available online as a pdf, is entitled “Truth Be Told: How College Students Evaluate and Use Information in the Digital Age.” The site includes a number [Read More...]

The Temporary Burial of Jesus

Christians have historically believed that Jesus’ burial was temporary – but that is not what this post is about. A historical/archaeological question is whether Jesus’ burial was supposed to be temporary – the tomb in which he was placed being a burial place for criminals, in which bodies would be placed, allowed to decompose, and then [Read More...]

Technology, Teaching, Scholarship – and Surprises

The Stoa Consortium shares evidence that open access scholarship gets cited more frequently in other scholarly literature – yet one more argument in its favor. The Archaeology of the Mediterranean World discusses the relationship between blogging, peer review, and scholarly research and publication, with a concrete example of material that was blogged, presented, and published. [Read More...]