The Obligation of Educators to Adapt

An article in Inside Higher Ed today focuses on the need of faculty to adapt to changing technology with respect to the research skills we teach, and the approaches to research that we assume students will use. I agree. It is no longer any good talking about research as though it happens (or happens exclusively) in [Read More...]

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Blogging the Soulfisher, Part II

Charles Haberl has posted the second installment of his “Blogging the Soulfisher” series on the Mandaean Book of John translation project blog. Pay a visit and see what some of the linguistic issues are that come up early in that section, and get a taste of the English translation as it is still in the [Read More...]

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Web Sources and Students

When students turn to the internet for information, and end up using material that isn’t scholarly in their essays, who is to blame? If the students have been given guidance about where to look, and in particular using databases and scholarly sources, then they must shoulder some, even much, of the blame. But I wonder whether [Read More...]

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Poly-Jesusistic

Christian Beyer at the blog Sharp Iron shares images depicting a number of different Jesuses popular in our time. Take a look. Here’s a sample, which bears the caption “Jesus is my co-pilot”: [Read more...]

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Free Book Giveaway! Dale C. Allison’s Constructing Jesus!

By some good fortune I have ended up with two copies of Dale Allison’s new book, Constructing Jesus: Memory, Imagination, and History (Baker Academic, 2010). The publisher has said they are happy for me to give the book to another blogger to review, or to have a giveaway. Since many readers of this blog are themselves [Read More...]

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Young Jesus Chronicles

In searching for an image to go with the last post, I found a site called Young Jesus Chronicles (dedicated to a book by the same title) which included the cartoon below (which I may include in powerpoints in the future when talking about the Gospels): “Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, see me after class. Your book [Read More...]

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Defining Mythicism

Although I have had to decline any significant committment of time to the project, I applaud Tom Verenna’s recent expression of a desire to bring greater clarity to the topic of mythicism. To briefly chime in, I understand “mythicism” to mean the belief that Jesus is best viewed as having been invented from scratch, or [Read More...]

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Technology and Teaching Links

Stephen Garner shared information about The Bible Online, a new real-time strategy game, as well as a variety of teaching and learning links. Matt Page gives tips on incorporating video clips into powerpoint presentations. Also somewhat related, here in Indiana, at Purdue University, there will be a conference about the history of that older technology, [Read More...]

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New Testament Position at the University of Durham

Daniel Kirk points out that the University of Durham in England is looking for a lecturer in New Testament. Durham is a wonderful city and I enjoyed living and studying there, and so I suspect some lucky person will also enjoy teaching there! [Read more...]

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You Can’t Vow To Defend a Constitution You’re Unfamiliar With (ID in the News)

It is very scary when someone can get so far as a political candidate and not know the gist of what is in the first amendment, since the heart of the oath one takes when sworn into office is to uphold the Constitution. HT Unreasonable Faith for the video below showing Christine O’Donnell’s reactions when [Read More...]

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Consumer Driven Health Plans?

I suspect that many universities and many other organizations are discussing or have adopted what are being called “consumer-driven health plans” (CDHPs). They have in common that they have a much higher deductible than traditional insurance, and are linked to a health savings account (HSA). The plans differ in their cost, whether you are covered at [Read More...]

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Blogging the Soulfisher

Over at the Mandaean Book of John translation project blog, my collaborator Charles Haberl has posted the first in a series of blog posts on what may be the most challenging section of the Book of John: the Soulfisher. The translation difficulties are such that Mark Lidzbarski, who translated the Book of John into German [Read More...]

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God and Objective Morality

A recent post about the Euthyphro dilemma has generated quite a bit of discussion, and has left me wondering about a particular aspect of this philosophical puzzle. It is quite common for Christians to argue that God is the only possible basis for objective morality. That seems, however, to be the opposite of Plato’s assumption [Read More...]

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Questions at Conferences

HT to James K. A. Smith for sharing this gem from The New Yorker: [Read more...]

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