Fundamentalist Christianity vs. the Sneaky Gay Agenda

Several bloggers have discussed the video below, and rather than commenting on all of their blogs, I thought I might as well share my thoughts here. I thought it was a joke when they said that proponents of the “gay agenda” are “sneaky” and then explained that their tactics include the following: They have books [Read More...]

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By Their (Conservative) Fruits You Shall Know Them: Conservative Christians Use Liberal Arguments to Defend Association with Glenn Beck

An article on CNN’s religion blog mentions some arguments and explanations used by conservative Evangelical Christians to defend their support of, or association with, Glenn Beck, who is a Mormon. What struck me most, and made it seem worth sharing, is that the arguments in question are ones that have been used for a very long [Read More...]

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The Atheist’s Hymnal

Steve Martin performs the one song in the Atheist Hymnal (HT Jesus Needs New PR): [Read more...]

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Vaughan Williams Archive

Today is the second day of classes this semester at Butler, and the first day two of my classes meet. For everyone starting their semester, here is some music by Ralph Vaughan Williams to encourage and inspire you, courtesy of the Internet Archive. Serenade to Musichttp://www.archive.org/flow/flowplayer.commercial-3.2.1.swf The Lark Ascendinghttp://www.archive.org/flow/flowplayer.commercial-3.2.1.swf Fantasia on Greensleeveshttp://www.archive.org/flow/flowplayer.commercial-3.2.1.swf Fantasia on a [Read More...]

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Writing The Dead Sea Scrolls

Thanks to David Stark for posting video of the recent National Geographic documentary “Writing the Dead Sea Scrolls” starring none other than biblioblogger Bob Cargill. [Read more...]

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The Colbert Report on the “Ground Zero Mosque” and whether Barack Obama is a Muslim or a Christian

The Colbert Report Mon – Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30c The Word – Losing His Religion www.colbertnation.com Colbert Report Full Episodes 2010 Election Fox News HT Jesus Needs New PR [Read more...]

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The LOST Themes #1: Destiny

Having been asked not that long ago about video clips that bring together religiously significant moments from LOST, I want to share what will hopefully provide that soon: a YouTube video series that has just begun, focused on major themes on LOST (HT Nikki Stafford). The first is on DESTINY: [Read more...]

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Hurtado, Dunn, and Gathercole on the Pre-Existence and Worship of Jesus in New Testament Christology

Larry Hurtado announced on his blog that his review of James D. G. Dunn’s latest book has been published. He also shared a link to something he wrote about Martin Hengel’s impact on English-speaking scholarship. Nick Norelli shared recordings of lectures by Simon Gathercole on Jesus’ pre-existence. I still find Simon’s view unpersuasive. No amount [Read More...]

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Neutrality Disputed

As I prepare to focus more attention in my classes this semester on critically evaluating sources of information, here are two links that are useful. First, my colleague Brad Matthies co-authored this article which provides an acronym (CRITIC) that can be useful in remembering what to look for when assessing the reliability of a source. [Read More...]

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Quote of the Day (Adele Berlin)

“Above all, we must keep in mind that narrative is a form of representation. Abraham in Genesis is not a real person any more than a painting of an apple is a real fruit. This is not a judgment on the existence of a historical Abraham any more than it is a statement about the existence [Read More...]

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Using Scripture Unscripturally

In my Sunday School class yesterday, one subject that came up was the fact that even language from the Bible can be used to do harm to others, in ways that are as unbiblical as the language they use is, in one sense, Biblical. While we talked about actual speech, it later struck me that an [Read More...]

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The Syllabus and the Blank Sheet of Paper

I am wondering what would happen if, at the start of the semester, a professor told students it was time to hand out the syllabus, and proceeded to pass out blank sheets of paper. Students would then be asked what they expected/hoped to get out of the course, what topics they expect/hope will be covered, [Read More...]

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Send Jim West Your Tired, Poor, Huddled Masses of Biblical Studies Posts Yearning To Breathe Free

Jim West has posted a reminder that he’ll be doing a Biblical Studies Carnival for July and wants (or at the very least will tolerate) recommendations. [Read more...]

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James and Jesus

My Sunday school class started a new series a few weeks ago, on the Epistle of James. It has often been said that the letter focuses very little direct attention on Jesus. In terms of explicit mentions, there are surprisingly few. But the letter is permeated throughout with teachings and emphases that are recognizable from [Read More...]

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