Feeling Widgety is Contagious

Ben Myers made a widget for his blog. Must be contagious… Get the Exploring Our Matrix widget and many other great free widgets at Widgetbox! [Read more...]


I watched the movie Atonement last night, and couldn’t help thinking about the New Testament authors. Did the Gospel authors seek to make “atonement” for their failures much as the author in the film did? Certainly this seems to be the case in the stories of Jesus’ burial, where his burial gets more and more [Read More...]

What is Christianity?

[A review of books by Spong and Wright, originally posted on my old blog on June 4th, 2007] I deliberately chose to read the two books I am writing about in parallel, more-or-less simultaneously, so as to better be able to reflect on the similarities and contrasts between them. Both are written by authors who [Read More...]

What Ordinary People Think

Starting with a quote on Maggi Dawn, I found myself tracking down the full source of the quote on another blog, Commonplaces. It is a letter attributed to Dorothy L. Sayers, which addresses itself to what “average people” think about, and think they know about, Christianity. No specific primary source is identified in any of [Read More...]

Review of Deuteronomy in the New Testament, edited by Steve Moyise and Maarten J. J. Menken

Review of Steve Moyise and Maarten J. J. Menken (editors), Deuteronomy in the New Testament: The New Testament and the Scriptures of Israel (Library of New Testament Studies, 358; New York: T & T Clark, 2007). Deuteronomy in the New Testament follows volumes in the same series on the Psalms and Isaiah in the New [Read More...]

Plagiarize? You’ll Get EXPELLED!

I recently posted a link to a plagiarism tutorial to help students avoid getting expelled. I also have a page of my own creation with examples and explanations. It seems as though my students may not be the only ones who need such help. Ian at Further Thoughts has posted a round-up of the blogospheric [Read More...]

Was Jesus Wrong?

Chris Tilling, prompted by a comment I left on an earlier post, has tackled head-on the question of whether Jesus was wrong. This is relevant not least to the discussion of evolution among Christians, since if one is persuaded that Jesus didn’t think evolution happened, and equally persuaded that Jesus could not have been wrong [Read More...]

Links from my students

One student made use of this Historical Jesus FAQ in an assignment. Another student has begun blogging the Gospel of John. This isn’t from a student, but may interest many of my students: IO9 has a piece on religion and science in science fiction. [Read more...]

Update on the Mandaeans

April DeConick has posted two items on her blog related to the only Gnostic group from the ancient world that has survived until our time. The first asks what can be done to help the Mandaeans, and offers some recommendations from Mr. Suhaib Nashi, the president of the Mandaean Associations Union. The second post draws [Read More...]

Which Quote Of The Day? (Gordon J. Glover x2)

Here’s one from today’s blog entry at Beyond the Firmament that I really liked: For one to acknowledge “microevolution” — the observable fact that any species demonstrates subtle changes from one generation to the next — but not be willing to recognize the possibility of “macroevolution” — the idea that many of these small changes [Read More...]

Bartlestar Theodica

(A review of Bart Ehrman’s book God’s Problem: How the Bible Fails to Answer Our Most Important Question–Why We Suffer (Harper Collins, 2008) and the season 4 premiere of Battlestar Galactica) It was an interesting experience to finish reading Bart Ehrman’s book, God’s Problem nearly simultaneously with the premiere of season 4 of Battlestar Galactica. [Read More...]

Around the Blogosphere

C.Orthodoxy likes how the Harry Potter series emphasizes that the world is not made of good and evil people but people who make good and evil choices.ERV continues the discussion of framing science, giving the sense that “fr*ming” has become a four-letter word!I find a representative of government claiming an atheist has no right to [Read More...]

From Creationist To Evolutionist: Chris’ Story

Over on Chrisendom, Chris Tilling has shared his own story of how he moved from having become a Christian by listening to a tape by Ken Ham, to a Christian who accepts the scientific evidence for evolution. Definitely worth reading! [Read more...]

Gretta Vosper Sermons

I’ve just discovered that West Hill United Church, where Gretta Vosper is the minister, has a videoblog (or ‘vlog’) with clips of her sermons. I’ve just discovered the site, and so may have more to say about specific sermons at some point. Anyone exploring what “progressive Christianity” means will presumably find this a useful resource. [Read more...]