Romanian Baptists and the Legacy of the Communist Era

Here’s an item which has been making the newspapers in Sibiu, Romania, as well as various Romanian blogs. The CNSAS (the National Council for the Study of the Securitate Archives) has revealed that Baptist pastor Beniamin Poplăcean collaborated with the secret police during the decade prior to the fall of Communism in that country. For [Read More...]

The Semi-Pelagian Narrower Catechism

There seems to be a fair bit of theological humor circulating today. David Opderbeck shared a link to The Semi-Pelagian Narrower Catechism. To find it funny, you have to be familiar with both a certain brand of American conservative Evangelicalism and also with one ore more classic catechisms. I also had pointed out to me [Read More...]

John, Jesus and History volume 2

My copy of John, Jesus, and History, Volume 2: Aspects of Historicity in the Fourth Gospel just arrived in the mail today. I contributed a chapter on the temple saying/incident. I’m looking forward to reading the other contributions, which include some by really big names in New Testament studies. This volume, like the first, is [Read More...]

Two Subjects of Great Importance

Celucien L. Joseph has shared a video of Amy-Jill Levine lecturing on Jewish-Christian relations. And AKMA has shared a link to 15(ish) things you should know about coffee, that elixir of scholarship that is central to so many of our lives. [Read more...]

Wolfgang’s Vault

An article in today’s New York Times highlighted a site called Wolfgang’s Vault. I had never heard of it before, but after a brief visit, I had to blog about it. It is essentially an archive of live performances by famous musicians and bands, which you can listen to online for free. Among them, I’m [Read More...]

Choosing Textbooks

Do readers of this blog have any thoughts on what commentary on the Gospel of John works best as a textbook for an undergraduate course on that Gospel ? The context is a university that does not have a religious affiliation, although many students obviously do. I’m tempted to just tell them to pick a [Read More...]

Who Knew What When?

There seems to be a theme in several recent posts around the blogosphere: who knew what, and when did they know it? I’m currently having an interesting discussion on the LXX Studies blog about creation out of nothing. Internet Monk asks what Jesus knew (including whether he could pass a test without studying). Undeception has [Read More...]

Skepticism In Song

A friend of mine shared with me a video of Tim Minchin. I’d never heard of him before. It is essentially skepticism in humorous song, with an offer that is not quite the Randi Challenge Prize thrown in at the end, but is more entertaining. Since I know my blog readership includes Australian skeptics, I [Read More...]

John Meier Lecture Online

Mark Goodacre pointed out that this full-length lecture by John P. Meier on the historical Jesus – entitled “Jesus the Jew – But What Kind of Jew?” – is available on YouTube. Also in the audio/visual blogosphere, Kevin Scull pointed out a lecture by Bruce Winter available online, on the Baylor University (Truett Seminary) web [Read More...]

Sounds Like Religion and Science Fiction

It sounds like it has something to do with religion and sci-fi, but it doesn’t. Today the Evangelical Textual Criticism blog highlighted the indeed very useful Virtual Manuscript Room of the Institute for New Testament Textual Research in Münster, Germany. In the process they referred to documents that are being brought from the vault, scanned [Read More...]

Books in the Mail and on the Shelf

I have a slight backlog of books to review, but I’m catching up. I finished reading John Walton’s The Lost World of Genesis One some time ago, but having decided to blog about each chapter, it will take some time to finish. I’ve been reading Martin Zemmit’s `Enbe men Karmo Suryoyo (Bunches of Grapes from [Read More...]

Blog Post On FlashForward Leads To Cutting-Edge Scientific Research

Not long ago I posted on the inclusion of a variation on the Schroedinger’s cat thought experiment in the last episode of Flash Forward, and some of the problems with the way they explained it. My good friend Bob Patterson responded to the show’s lack of scientific rigor by undertaking his own experiment on Schroedinger’s [Read More...]

Pointless Parallels

On the whole I’ve found the textbook I’ve been using for my class on the Bible this semester, Stephen Harris’ Exploring the Bible, to provide helpful information and just about the right amount of it. But the last chapter we read, on the world in which Christianity emerged, had some at one annoying facet. In [Read More...]

Almost a Literalist

I think this is one of the best cartoons on so-called Biblical literalism I have ever seen (HT Experimental Theology). You may need to click through to get the full-sized version. [Read more...]