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OnePlusYou Quizzes and Widgets [Read more...]

The Passion of the Flying Spaghetti Monster

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An Appeal To The Public About Intelligent Design

Scientific theories are tested by scientists, whether in labs or in real-life scenarios that relate to the theory. Taking measurements, creating laboratory scenarios, painstakingly eliminating extraneous influences in a controlled environment, making repeated observations – all that is the stuff of science, the way science proceeds. The proponents of “Intelligent Design” (or cdesign proponentsists, as [Read More...]

A Puzzle For The Would-Be Student Of Mandaic

OK, let me see if I’ve got this straight. There are scarcely any resources readily available to enable one to learn Mandaic, and most of the resources that have ever existed are out of print and, if one can even find a copy, very expensive. Yet there are apparently enough people who know Mandaic for [Read More...]

Family Guy: Blue Harvest

At the recommendation of several of my students, I watched the Family Guy – Blue Harvest, the Family Guy Star Wars parody episode. Although there was a fair bit of rude humor and other aspects that are not for the faint hearted, some of it was so well done as to deserve a recommendation. Among [Read More...]

Nosrim wa-Minim = Nasuraiia wa-Mandaiia?

Scholars of both the Bible and Rabbinic literature will be familiar with discussions of the Eighteen Benedictions (Shemoneh Esreh) and the debates about the history and original form of the “birkat ha-minim”, the “blessing (i.e. cursing) of the heretics”. Many New Testament scholars have intersected with this subject as it has been discussed in connection [Read More...]

Intelligent Design Is Pure Science…

“Intelligent Design is pure science” has been the claim of the movement associated with this name from the outset. And now you can read about it in a brand new book that explains what Intelligent Design is. The foreword to the book is written by a well-known conservative Christian apologist (and one of the authors [Read More...]

Have We LOST The Doctor?

I just watched the latest episode of Doctor Who, “The Stolen Earth” [SPOILER WARNING for American viewers]. Fan sites are abuzz with speculation about what is going on, since David Tennant is supposed to be back as the Doctor in subsequent episodes. But Davros had been monitoring earth and watching LOST – that’s where he [Read More...]

Syriac, Aramaic, and Mandaic: Learn One Language, Three Dialects, For The Price Of Five Alphabets

Many people are (or ought to be) interested in learning the language Jesus spoke as his native tongue, and in which his words were first uttered: Aramaic. It is also the language in which a few parts of the Bible were written, as well as the Talmud, Targums (paraphrases of the Jewish Scriptures), and other [Read More...]

Quote of the Day (The Qur’an)

“Believers, Jews, Christians and Sabaeans—all those who believe in God and the Last Day and do what is right—shall be rewarded by their Lord; they shall have nothing to fear or to regret” (Qur’an 2:62). I post this in particular because of a discussion on another blog where someone spoke from their assumption that all [Read More...]

Fundamentalist De(con)struction of Romans

In my class on Paul and the Early Church, we worked through several of Paul’s letters, including Romans. As I worked through this famous epistle once again, it seemed to me that the most popular passages for quotation from the letter are not the parts most central to Paul’s argument. Could it be that those [Read More...]

The Blog Brought To You By The Letter “T”

I haven’t posted about the keywords that are listed as having brought people to my blog, but this one, for some reason, grabbed my attention. Someone in China was searching for the letter “T”. It brought them here. People continue to arrive searching for information about Who’s Who and phishing scams, about Barack Obama and [Read More...]

For The Bible Tells Me So

There isn’t too much I want to say about the movie I am watching as I write this, For The Bible Tells Me So, apart from this: Watch it. It addresses the roots of homophobia, the Bible and how it relates to homosexuality, and the damage that parents in particular can do if they respond [Read More...]

Go Sell, Then Tell

I think that it should be a principled stance of educated Christians that we only take seriously someone’s claim to be a “Biblical literalist” when we are dealing with those who have sold all they have and have given it to the poor. Those words are found in the Bible and are as plain as [Read More...]