Harrison Bergeron

I’ve been recommending to friends for a very long time that they see the movie Harrison Bergeron, but I’ve regularly heard from them that they couldn’t get hold of a copy. That will no longer be an issue. As was recently pointed out at SF Signal, one can now watch the movie online. (If the [Read More...]

Introductory Lessons in Aramaic

I just happened across Eric D. Reymond’s site Introductory Lessons in Aramaic. I know from keyword statistics that some people have found their way to this blog looking for just this sort of resource, so I thought I’d pass it on! [Read more...]

No One Takes The Whole Bible Literally

I’ve posted a clip on YouTube that recaps a key point that came up in our Sunday school class this past weekend, as well as in a recent blog post, namely that no one simply “believes the whole Bible” and “takes it all literally”. [Read more...]

The Burial of Jesus: First Amazon Review

My book The Burial of Jesus: History and Faith has received its first review on amazon.com. The review is in mediocre English and gives the book a mediocre rating. I’m still waiting for copies from the publisher to send to a few people who asked for review copies, as well as to some journals and [Read More...]

The [Euphemism] Post

I’ve been hesitant to dive into this particular subject. I want to keep my blog at its PG rating. At any rate, here is a post for those more reserved readers who wish to give my previous one a wide berth. I’ve posted on same-gender relationships before (more than once), most recently in conjunction with [Read More...]

The Sex Post

I’ve been hesitant to dive into this particular subject. I want to keep my blog at its PG rating. Yet just about every day someone finds their way to my blog searching for “hermaphrodite sex“, so this post shouldn’t change things, I guess. I’ve posted on homosexuality before (more than once), most recently in conjunction [Read More...]

Search Inside

Although the actual keyword search does not appear to work yet as of my posting this, my book The Burial of Jesus is now part of the Search Inside program, which means that you can see the book from cover to cover and browse it before making a decision about whether to buy it, recommend [Read More...]

Online Resources for New Testament Studies

Via an advertisement on the N. T. Wright Page, I discovered the Wesley Ministries Network, which has online lectures (many of which one must pay for) but also free materials in the form of lectures and articles by scholars such as (to give one example) Larry Hurtado. [Read more...]

The Burial of Jesus: Now Available in the UK

The Burial of Jesus: History and Faith can now be purchased through amazon.co.uk! [Read more...]

The Shame of Jesus’ Burial

Ultimately my view of the burial of Jesus as a dishonorable one was shaped in particular by Raymond Brown’s conclusions in his magnificent two-volume study, The Death of the Messiah. But another scholar who has also explored this evidence and drawn a similar conclusion is Byron McCane. His chapter on the subject, “‘Where No One [Read More...]

Solutions for Homosexual Christians

Christians with possessions face a problem, at least in theory, because they are living in direct disobedience to an explicit command of Jesus, found in Luke 14:33. But several interpretative options to get around this have long been used. It is generally considered enough to give up some possessions, or unnecessary or superfluous ones. Alternatively, [Read More...]

Galactica Elections

For those looking for amusement rather than controversy, I commend the Battlestar Galactica election bumper stickers, T-shirts and other paraphernalia offered at Galactica Sitrep. From there, you’ll discover there are still other offerings of a similar sort around the web. As a fan of the show, my slogan is “Four more years”. But I guess [Read More...]

If You’re Bored…

If you’re bored, you can always go see if you can keep some discussion going over on Amazon.com, where I am trying to start a discussion on the same topic as my recent post here, namely the Bible and history. Or, if you liked my video clip on YouTube about an aspect of my new [Read More...]

Alliance for Science Essay Contest

From the NCSE: The Alliance for Science — a non-profit organization which seeks “to heighten public understanding and support for science and to preserve the distinctions between science and religion in the public sphere” — is holding its third annual essay contest. The theme is “In Darwin’s Footsteps,” and students are encouraged “to identify and [Read More...]


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