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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They Might Be The Mesopotamians

HT to Bob Cargill for sharing this entertaining song by They Might Be Giants entitled “The Mesopotamians.” Click through and read the entertaining story of how he found out about it. http://www.youtube-nocookie.com/v/jAMRTGv82Zo?fs=1&hl=en_US&rel=0 (If you are more interested in science than ancient history, they also have a song about Paleontologists). [Read more…]

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Shirley Case Jackson on the Historicity of Jesus

In working on an article on an almost entirely unrelated subject, I happened across online versions of Shirley Case Jackson’s book The Historicity of Jesus. Since I had a request to revisit earlier arguments for mythicism, I thought it appropriate to share this older response to those arguments. And for what it’s worth, that request came from [Read More…]

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Christianity and Gays

Three posts came up in my reader today on this theme, and I wanted to share them. All three are focused on combatting the anti-gay attitudes and rhetoric that are widespread among conservative Christians. Letters: Desperate to BelongGay Suicide and the Ethic of Love: A Progressive Christian Response “Ex-Gay” is Anti-Gay, Disguised as Compassion [Read more…]

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Mythicism, History and Rhetoric

Neil Godfrey is right, when he suggests that I have allowed myself to stoop to engaging in heated rhetoric. There is a fine line between satire and ridicule, and I have no doubt that I have crossed it, and for this I apologize. As for whether he and his regular commenters will see that they [Read More…]

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