Webcast Announced: The World Before Darwin

The National Center for Science Education sent this announcement: Hear the distinguished historian of science Everett Mendelsohn describe “The World Before Darwin” on-line! From 8:00 to 9:30 p.m. (Eastern) on September 16, 2009, Mendelsohn will deliver the inaugural lecture of the 150th anniversary Origin of Species lecture series, hosted by The Reading Odyssey and the [Read More...]

Review of The Lost World of Genesis One, Part Nine

Having argued for his previous points about the temple and the cosmos, Walton’s “Proposition 9″ is that the seven days in Genesis relate to the inauguration of the cosmic temple. It has long been hypothesized that the ancient Israelites may have had a New Year’s festival akin to other peoples in the ancient Near East, [Read More...]

The Epic of Gilgawest: A Myth of Biblioblog Origins

In the beginning, there was Jim Davila. And the blogosphere was formless and void, and NT Wrong was fishing [NOTE: some manuscripts provide a different spelling here] in the darkness. And while Jim was still contemplating what to call that which he was about to inaugurate, Mark Goodacre said “Let there be blogging”. And there [Read More...]

Review of The Lost World Of Genesis One, Part Eight

Having established that ancient readers would have associated divine rest with a temple as the locus of that rest, Walton now moves on to the theme of the cosmos as divine temple. Readers of the New Testament and other ancient Jewish literature may already have a significant background against which to appreciate this point. In [Read More...]

Wine To Water

James Tabor drew my attention to another endeavor to help provide people with clean water. This one is focused on Cambodia, and is called Wine To Water. It focuses on providing wells, but ones made by locals using local materials so that it can be fixed when it inevitably breaks. Embedded video from CNN Video [Read more...]

Water Is Life

I recently had drawn to my attention the work of a charity called “Water Is Life”, which is working to address issues of illness caused by lack of clean water through the development and distribution of a filter straw through which one can drink safely. It seems to me a clever and helpful way of [Read More...]

Discovering Alex Jones: The Failure of the New World Order and the Problems with Americacentric Biblical Interpretation

I am incredibly proud of my wife for having dealt with a telephone call from a concerned cousin with a great deal of patience while offering wise yet direct answers (as well as questions). The phone call related to the end of the world and the “information” that the cousin in question had been getting [Read More...]

Review of The Lost World of Genesis One, Part Seven

Continuing blogging through The Lost World of Genesis One, Walton’s “Propoosition 7″ takes us to the heart of his understanding of the Genesis account of creation in seven days. Walton begins by comparing how he believes ancient readers would have understood Genesis 1 with typical modern understandings, and writes “The difference is the piece of [Read More...]


I was going to call this post #11 in the “If You Get The Flu” series, and recommend inventing a holiday. My pastor has declared 09/09/09 “Exaggeration Wednesday”, even though he’s been told a million times not to do that sort of thing. The best explanation I’ve heard of the day’s significance, however, is that [Read More...]

If You Get The Flu 10

If you get the flu, pull out an album you used to listen to all the time, but haven’t listened to in a decade or more, and put it on. And just in case there’s anyone out there who’s never seen Keith Emerson perform one of his famous solos. If you’ve never heard of them [Read More...]

If You Get The Flu 9

If you get the flu, you’ll finally have time to update your blogroll. I did. Since I’ve been using Google Reader, I have the tendency to add new blogs’ feeds there without necessarily adding them to the blogroll. I’ve added quite a few blogs, and was embarrassed to find several blogs that I’ve read for [Read More...]

If You Get The Flu 8

If you get the flu, you’ll need lots of interesting activity on the biblioblogs to keep you entertained. So why not start a rumor that Jim West has achieved his top ranking among the biblioblogs by spending hours every day visiting his own blog? [Read more...]

If You Get The Flu 7

If you come down with the flu, spend your time devising the most dastardly blog meme ever, one so heinous that those tagged with it would much rather have caught your flu. Here’s one I thought of: The Blog In Any Language Meme Rules: 1) Learn a language you don’t already know.2) Find 5 blogs [Read More...]

If You Get The Flu 6

If you come down with the flu, one way to pass the time is to blog a series of suggestions of ways to pass the time when you have the flu. See if you can come up with more positive recommendations than Jim West can come up with examples of total depravity. [Read more...]