What Does a Progressive Christian Believe?

I highly recommend Delwin Brown’s book What Does a Progressive Christian Believe?: A Guide for the Searching, the Open, and the Curious (New York: Seabury, 2008). Of course, it is always encouraging to find others drawing the same conclusions and making the same points as oneself. For instance, Brown makes the same point I made [Read More...]

Welcome Hullabaloo Visitors!

Digby at Hullabaloo picked up on the “Evolution and Indoctrination” post from Mike the Mad Biologist, and has sent hundreds of visitors over here to my blog. He even went further than that and ordained me! Does anyone know the appropriate blog etiquette for such situations? Should I return the favor and refer to him [Read More...]

Divergent Birth?

Apologies for the pun in the title, but it seemed the best way to sum up the theme of today’s installment in my Sunday school class. After a brief introduction of how historical study works, we compared the geographical movements and time frames in the infancy narratives in the Gospels of Matthew and Luke. In [Read More...]

Mike the Mad on McGrath

Mike the Mad Biologist has quoted my post on “Evolution and Indoctrination” at length over on his blog. Those interested in the subject may want to take a look at what happens when that post from here gets transferred into the world of ScienceBlogs. No discussion as yet (maybe you’d like to start some…). [Read more...]

The View From The Center Of The Universe

Joel R. Primack and Nancy Ellen Abrams have accomplished something important, and indeed rather remarkable, in their book The View from the Center of the Universe: Discovering Our Extraordinary Place in the Cosmos (New York: Riverhead/Penguin, 2006). They seek to offer nothing less than the route to a mythology for our age, one that embraces [Read More...]

Illiterate Authors?

Today I started reading Bridget Gilfillan Upton’s book Hearing Mark’s Endings (Leiden: Brill, 2006). It connects up both with my interest in the end of Mark and in oral tradition. At one point she writes the following about the author of the Gospel of Mark: “That the evangelist could read and writer Greek suggests that [Read More...]

A Vast Improvement

I’m grateful to David Ker for giving an extreme makeover to my book cover over at Lingamish… Anyone who doesn’t like the one I came up with is invited to print David’s and paste it on. I won’t be offended, honest! [Read more...]

Judging a Book by its Cover

I’ve posted a larger image of the book’s cover over on The Burial of Jesus blog. I’m posting it here as well. I’ve hopefully gained a new respect for the difficult work cover designers do, if nothing else, through the process of making my own covers! If there is a next time that I publish [Read More...]

Music Archive

I’ve highlighted the wonderful resource that is http://www.archive.org/ before on this blog. But today I took a look to see what was there related not to my scholarly research interests, but to the music I love. I found a book about one of my favorite composers, Erich Wolfgang Korngold, as well as the score for [Read More...]

Amazon Connect

In preparation for the release of my forthcoming books, I’ve set up an Amazon Connect Profile for myself. In addition to syndicating my blog’s RSS feed and highlighting books I’ve written, it also collects in one place reviews I’ve written. Particularly striking was seeing whether or not readers found my combined review of books Francisco [Read More...]

Nature Red in Tooth and Claw

Outside the Box has a post on the problem of death, disease, starvation, animals eating one another, and other such facets of the natural world that drive evolution. Can such a process be viewed as the work of a benevolent God? Here’s what I wrote in response to his post (I also left it as [Read More...]

Another Flyer

Here’s a link to another flyer for The Burial of Jesus, highlighting some of what I think are the more interesting topics discussed and conclusions drawn in the book. I wasn’t sure if it sounded too “sensationalistic” for this flyer to be useful in promoting the book to academic libraries. I also learned that there [Read More...]

Book Progress

My book The Burial of Jesus: History and Faith is close to being finalized, and hopefully will be available within a few weeks from BookSurge. Today I made a first attempt at making a flyer for use when promoting the book. I’d welcome feedback and suggestions about ways to improve it. You can download it [Read More...]

4400 Episodes

Some fans of The 4400, like fans more generally, would have liked the show to go on forever, eventually dying a languishing and humiliating death as it runs out of steam. I just watched the end of season 4, the final season of The 4400, and I think it was a satisfying, appropriately dignified way [Read More...]