Jesus and Tom Riddle as Children

Today in my class “Heresy” (about extracanonical early Christian literature) we looked at the infancy Gospels of James and Thomas. The former had stories nad traditions that were familiar to several students. The latter was, as always, a surprise and a bit of a puzzle for them. But how can one not find fascinating a [Read More...]

Students and Sources

The Butler University library has been working to provide resources to help students identify and appropriately use reliable sources in their studies and independent research. I mentioned once before the library’s helpful plagiarism tutorial. Since then, my friend and colleague Brad Matthies has created another online course about sources, which helps students discern between different [Read More...]

LOST in a Hot Air Balloon

I’m continuing watching old episodes of LOST, and am about two-thirds of the way through season 2. In the episode “The Whole Truth“, I was struck to notice (I hadn’t before) that the pregnancy test Sun took was made by Widmore Labs. So when Kate asked ironically “Who carries a pregnancy test with them on [Read More...]

End of the American Century: Bankrupt America

My colleague Dave Mason created a blog connected to his new book, The End of the American Century. Since he has now posted his first blog entry, I thought I’d try to send him some traffic and give him a baptism of fire into the wonderful world of blogging. His first post is entitled “Bankrupt [Read More...]

More Music from the Archive

In addition to books about composers and sheet music, archive.org has actual music that you can listen to and download. I presume few readers have heard the American Symphony (No.3) by Romanian composer Serban Nichifor, so I’ll offer it as one example. [Read more...]

Blogging Intelligent Design: The Highlights

Here are some past posts of mine about Intelligent Design. I thought it might be useful to list them in one place, for readers’ convenience, and in particular for the benefit of new readers. Enjoy! Monkeys and Typewriters on the Edge of EvolutionDesign, Information, and Languages such as DNA and Indo-EuropeanTransitional Forms as Evidence for [Read More...]

What Does a Progressive Christian Believe?

I highly recommend Delwin Brown’s book What Does a Progressive Christian Believe?: A Guide for the Searching, the Open, and the Curious (New York: Seabury, 2008). Of course, it is always encouraging to find others drawing the same conclusions and making the same points as oneself. For instance, Brown makes the same point I made [Read More...]

Welcome Hullabaloo Visitors!

Digby at Hullabaloo picked up on the “Evolution and Indoctrination” post from Mike the Mad Biologist, and has sent hundreds of visitors over here to my blog. He even went further than that and ordained me! Does anyone know the appropriate blog etiquette for such situations? Should I return the favor and refer to him [Read More...]

Divergent Birth?

Apologies for the pun in the title, but it seemed the best way to sum up the theme of today’s installment in my Sunday school class. After a brief introduction of how historical study works, we compared the geographical movements and time frames in the infancy narratives in the Gospels of Matthew and Luke. In [Read More...]

Mike the Mad on McGrath

Mike the Mad Biologist has quoted my post on “Evolution and Indoctrination” at length over on his blog. Those interested in the subject may want to take a look at what happens when that post from here gets transferred into the world of ScienceBlogs. No discussion as yet (maybe you’d like to start some…). [Read more...]

The View From The Center Of The Universe

Joel R. Primack and Nancy Ellen Abrams have accomplished something important, and indeed rather remarkable, in their book The View from the Center of the Universe: Discovering Our Extraordinary Place in the Cosmos (New York: Riverhead/Penguin, 2006). They seek to offer nothing less than the route to a mythology for our age, one that embraces [Read More...]

Illiterate Authors?

Today I started reading Bridget Gilfillan Upton’s book Hearing Mark’s Endings (Leiden: Brill, 2006). It connects up both with my interest in the end of Mark and in oral tradition. At one point she writes the following about the author of the Gospel of Mark: “That the evangelist could read and writer Greek suggests that [Read More...]

A Vast Improvement

I’m grateful to David Ker for giving an extreme makeover to my book cover over at Lingamish… Anyone who doesn’t like the one I came up with is invited to print David’s and paste it on. I won’t be offended, honest! [Read more...]

Judging a Book by its Cover

I’ve posted a larger image of the book’s cover over on The Burial of Jesus blog. I’m posting it here as well. I’ve hopefully gained a new respect for the difficult work cover designers do, if nothing else, through the process of making my own covers! If there is a next time that I publish [Read More...]


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