Barack Obama the Antichrist? Shedding Some Lightning On The Subject

The claim has been circulating that Jesus referred to Barack Obama and singled him out as the antichrist, when he said he saw “Satan fall as lightning (baraq) from heaven” (Luke 10:18). Obviously this misunderstands Jesus’ meaning. His point was not that Satan descends from heaven as Barack Obama (which would involve using different words). [Read More...]

Preach Your Doubts

Yesterday in Sunday school my pastor told a story that I really appreciated. He said there was a pastor who went to the leadership board of his church to hand in his resignation. He told them he had all sorts of doubts, and felt that he had lost his faith, and thus was convinced he [Read More...]

The Only True God On The Golden Rule

Or should that be The Golden Rule on The Only True God? Either way, Mike Koke has posted a review of The Only True God on his blog The Golden Rule, which includes a chapter-by-chapter summary. [Read more...]


Presumably anyone who has watched Tom & Jerry will be familiar with the Cat Concerto. Well, now thanks to a surprisingly talented real-life feline, and an even more talented and creative Lithuanian composer, we give you: Catcerto! HT Ephemeral Thoughts [Read more...]

Review of Richard Bauckham, Jesus and the God of Israel

Richard Bauckham’s book Jesus and the God of Israel: God Crucified and Other Studies on the New Testament’s Christology of Divine Identity (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2008) appeared after my own recent book on monotheism and Christology, The Only True God: Early Christian Monotheism in Its Jewish Context, had been completed. I thus welcome the opportunity [Read More...]

Help Sought With Stoning Of A Homosexual Adulterer Fortune-Telling Dwarf

In a clip from an Australian TV show (which I warn you has some bad language, but it was necessary to make the point), some Australians intent on understanding American religious life take to the streets of Texas to seek help in applying some neglected commandments. HT Friendly Atheist Of course, Americans need help understanding [Read More...]

Biblical Studies Carnival July 2009

Jim West hosts the most recent Biblical Studies Carnival. It is full of humor, but perhaps the funniest moment is when, in what is precisely a post about other things people posted earlier, he (presumably ironically) complains about my rehashing old posts during a period earlier in the month when I was unable to post [Read More...]

Biblioblog Top 273, July 2009

Technically this monthly ranking is called the Biblioblog Top 50, but if you pay a visit, you’ll see why I decided to tweak it. It is great to see that blogging scholars are such a vibrant force, not merely in the blogosphere but also in the academy. The number of bloggers who will also be [Read More...]

Three Unspeakable Mysteries in the Blogosphere

Actually, the mysterious “three words” from the Gospel of Thomas have been the subject of much discussion in recent days on the Gospel of Thomas list-serv. But if you came here looking for information on those words, I hope you will not be disappointed by what must seem to you like a bit of bait-and-switch [Read More...]


I just finished watching Bill Maher’s Religulous. Some of it is genuinely skeptical in a good sense, and a lot of it is funny, often in a helpful way. The best conversation partners he had were those who were not dedicated to taking themselves and their beliefs so seriously as to attempt to shield them [Read More...]

Quote of the Day (Mark Goodacre)

“The SBL Annual Meeting is truly the “San Diego Comic-Con” of the world of Biblical Scholarship.” – Mark Goodacre, “SBL Annual Meeting 2009 talk“ [Read more...]

First Foray Into Graf: Sabians and Sethians and John the Baptist, Oh My!

A copy of Georg Graf’s Geschichte der christlichen arabischen Literatur arrived via inter-library loan in the past couple of days. Today I had my first chance to dive in and do more than just take a passing glance. For those who may be unfamiliar with it, it is a 5-volume bibliographical work that surveys Christian [Read More...]

Donnie Darko

I finally watched Donnie Darko (yes, for the first time) last night. It was mainly because Chris Heard had suggested the label for me. So please use the comments section on this post to discuss all things Darko – and the philosophy of time travel – if you feel strongly about these subjects. Elsewhere around [Read More...]

The Only True God and Element 112

Is The Only True God “Copernicum”? Pay a visit to The Church of Jesus Christ and let me know what you think. I’d much rather my book be “Copernican”, personally, but for most authors that’s too much to hope for. But I’m willing to settle for “weighty”, which Element 112 certainly is. I suspect it [Read More...]