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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Two 2011 UK Conferences

The Seventh Birmingham Colloquium on the Textual Criticism of the New Testament will be held in Birmingham from 28-31 March 2011. The theme is “Early Christian Writers and the Text of the New Testament.” And there’s a Call for Papers for a conference on Biblical Literacy and the Curriculum to be held at the University [Read More…]

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David Opderbeck’s E-Mail Hacked and Used for Scam

Unfortunately it seems that David Opderbeck’s e-mail account has been hacked and used to send a scam message to those in his address book. Either that or he really is in trouble and just happened to use the exact same words in his plea for help that have been used in scam messages in the [Read More…]

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Discuss the Euthyphro Dilemma with God Online

Having discussed the Euthyphro dilemma in class recently, I thought it appropriate to share this opportunity to discuss the Euthyphro dilemma with God at the web site Philosophy Experiments (HT 3quarksdaily). [Read more…]

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Blog Action Day: Water

I thought I should get 2010 Blog Action Day started by sharing a few posts related to this year’s theme of water: At CNN’s Belief Blog, a post emphasizing why Christians should care about the issue of clean water.At the New York Times, an article about drought and farmland turning into desert in Syria.At 3quarksdaily, [Read More…]

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Accused of Heresy

Joel Watts has accused me of heresy. I know what you’re thinking: “This is news?!” Of course I’m a heretic. But I must dispute the reason for the accusation. It is mere sleight of hand. He suggests that I described 1996 New Living Translation of the Bible as boring. In fact, I described its title [Read More…]

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Big News: Unicode Mandaic!

Steve Caruso shared the big news that the latest version of Unicode includes Mandaic characters! [Read more…]

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On Boring Books and Funny Fallacies

Doug Mangum has begun a contest to see who can find the most boring book title. I am not sure if I’ve thought of the best contender yet, but at the moment I’m inclined to go with this one: The Book. But I may yet come up with something better still, and so had better wait until I check [Read More…]

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Mythicism vs. the Socratic Historians

A recent post on Vridar illustrates one of the many problems with mythicism. One of the axioms of historical study (which, when ignored, leaves one doing apologetics instead) is that sources should be treated fairly. Accepting claims to the miraculous when found in the Bible while rejecting them when found elsewhere is not historical scholarship. [Read More…]

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Blog Action Day 2010: Water

This year’s theme for Blog Action Day (which is October 15th) is Water. Blog Action Day 2010: Water from Blog Action Day on Vimeo. [Read more…]

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JayCut

Yesterday I learned that there is a free online video editing tool called JayCut. I have yet to try it, but colleagues of mine have tried it and found it useful. And since I know there are people reading this either who use video clips in the classroom, or who are just dying to make their [Read More…]

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Revenge of the Ossuary?

With the trial related to the James ossuary about to end, it seems we’re going to have a resumption of the lively debates about its authenticity. For those who may have forgotten about it, the ossuary has the inscription “James, son of Joseph, brother of Jesus” on its side, and the trial relates to whether [Read More…]

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