Early Christian Monotheism with James McGrath: Homebrewed Christianity 68

Over at Homebrewed Christianity they’ve posted an interview I did about my book The Only True God: Early Christian Monotheism in Its Jewish Context. Click through and listen to the podcast (my part is about a minute and a half into the show): Early Christian Monotheism with James McGrath: Homebrewed Christianity 68 In other news, [Read More...]

Review of The Lost World Of Genesis One: Conclusion

John H. Walton’s The Lost World of Genesis One: Ancient Cosmology and the Origins Debate provides a very helpful overview of issues related to the study of the creation account in Genesis 1, its historical and cultural background, and its relationship (or lack thereof) to the theory of evolution and modern science education. Walton’s non-committal [Read More...]

Mandaeans in the News

Jim Davila shared recent news about Mandaean refugees: http://paleojudaica.blogspot.com/2009_11_15_archive.html#3691037173885699200 [Read more...]

Review of The Lost World Of Genesis One, Part Eighteen

Proposition eighteen of John Walton’s The Lost World of Genesis One takes the stance that science education should be neutral when it comes to questions of purpose. A science course should by its very definition “discuss material origins from the perspective of a material ontology” and thus “there is no point at which the Genesis [Read More...]

Will There Be Tweckling At SBL?

I know that plans are afoot to tweet SBL. But will it degenerate into tweckling? This recent article in the Chronicle may serve as a cautionary note… [Read more...]

Review of The Lost World Of Genesis One, Part Seventeen

Proposition seventeen in John Walton’s book The Lost World of Genesis One emphasizes that the theology of creation that one can elaborate on the basis of his understanding of Genesis 1 is stronger rather than weaker. In support of his point, Walton appeals to an Orson Scott Card novel, Prentice Alvin, which features a dialogue [Read More...]

Freethinkers Are Finally Being Organized

(HT Karyn Traphagen) There’s also a provocative video aimed at young-earth creationists and their ilk (with entertaining images accompanying its challenge): (HT AIGBusted). [Read more...]

Palin 2012 Jokes

Having posted on Sarah Palin’s views on evolution (the plural “views” seems particularly appropriate), I realized that, if she does run for president in 2012, Saturday Night Live will be able to reuse some material from its 2004 presidential bash with only minor changes. Palin: “I have not flip-flopped. I have consistently upheld evolution to [Read More...]

SBL Candle In The Wind Sing-Along

Scott’s suggestion (in the comment section on an earlier post) that we have a “Candle In The Wind” sing-along at SBL got me thinking. Will there be a piano at the bibliobloggers’ dinner? I’ll gladly provide accompaniment, but we’re going to have to move fast if we want to revise the lyrics so that they’re [Read More...]

The Two Dr. Jims

Doctor Who fans love episodes in which different regenerations of the Doctor meet up. And so today’s episode features an encounter between two Dr. Jims. Dr. Jim of the thinking shop regeneration has replaced K-9 with a cat, who kindly explains why textbooks cost so much. Meanwhile, that earlier regeneration of the Doctor Jim has [Read More...]

Don’t Diss Darwin

I’ve been meaning to post on the NCSE’s entertaining, banana-humor-filled response to Ray Comfort’s tampering with Charles Darwin’s On The Origin Of Species. But Science and Religion Today mentioning it reminded me. The NCSE site is called Don’t Diss Darwin and below is a taste of what is on offer there. Perhaps in response, Ray [Read More...]

Brill Fellowship at the Scaliger Institute

This sounds like an opportunity that many scholars will be interested in: Call for proposals for the 2010 Brill Fellowship at the Scaliger Institute The Scaliger Institute and Brill publishers invite scholars and researchers to send in proposals for the 2010 Brill fellowship at the Scaliger Institute of Leiden University Library. Brill, the oldest scholarly [Read More...]

Free Bibles

For those looking for free digitized versions of Bibles in original languages, early translations, and other such scholarly resources, I just happened across the site http://www.bibles.org.uk/ It includes Hebrew, Greek, Syriac as well as many other Bibles, and some lexica too. I have yet to actually view the files but the site looks very useful [Read More...]

Updated Palin-tological Perspectives on Creation and Evolution

Heather Wax has posted some more information about Sarah Palin’s views on evolution and creationism. It sounds like they are more nuanced than what some have been reporting. [Read more...]