Which Bible Would Jesus Use?

The above image, shared on the blog Stuff Fundies Like, illustrates the problem with using “What Would Jesus Do?” as your guiding principle. People tend to assume that the things that they would do are what Jesus would do. If using the WWJD? principle can’t get you to realize that Jesus wouldn’t use a modern English translation, [Read More...]

April 2015 Biblical Studies Carnival

Jeff Carter has shared his round-up of highlights from last months Biblical studies blogging. Click through to take a look. [Read more...]

Happy May Day!

May 1st is International Workers’ Day. It seems like the United States may be closer to being ready to actually celebrate this holiday, which has in the past been rejected as something for socialists and Communists. People are talking about compensation, wealth, equality, and injustice more widely in the US today than at any time I can [Read More...]

Stop Praying for Peace in Baltimore

Ben Irwin shared a wonderful updating of a post he wrote about Ferguson, but which applies equally well to Baltimore, and from which the quote above is an excerpt. It is called “Stop praying for peace in Baltimore.” Click through to read more of it.   [Read more...]

Fakes, Forgeries, and Fictions: Writing Ancient and Modern Christian Apocrypha

Tony Burke has shared the program online for the 2015 York Christian Apocrypha Symposium, which will take place at York University in Toronto in September. I’ll be presenting in the final session on Saturday the 26th, on “Jesus’ Wife, Her Sister-in-Law, and the Bloggers.” Click through to see the entire program, and for details on how to [Read More...]

The Episcopaleozoic Era

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Happy International Jazz Day!

I had forgotten that it is International Jazz Day today. To mark the occasion, I give you pianist Hiromi Uehara in concert. Enjoy! [Read more...]

Exploring Our Matrix On Mobile Devices

Patheos announced recently that it will be rolling out a new mobile-friendly version of its site. I know that readers of my blog have been frustrated with some of the technical issues. And so I would encourage you to try out the site today via your mobile device(s), and let me know if and when [Read More...]

Bible Typos

The claim that the Bible is inerrant, and in particular that the manuscript tradition used by the King James translators was divinely preserved so as to avoid error, is implausible for a number of reasons. But there is one simple fact that is particularly relevant: There have been Bibles which contained typos. Of course, anyone who [Read More...]

Various Videos

Israel Today shared a video of Qumran caves, where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered: The Progressive Christian Network of Victoria shared a video of Greg Jenks talking about the Bible. Ben Witherington shared a link to an interview he did about the James ossuary (click through to see it). There’s also a new book [Read More...]

Non-Violence as Ruse

The above words are from an article by Ta-Nehisi Coates, “Non-Violence as Compliance,” which appeared in The Atlantic. They seemed to deserve the wider circulation that a meme image sometimes brings, and so I made the above. As the background, I used a photo of him from the Lavin Agency website. I would be interested to know [Read More...]

Diverse Religious Views on Same-Gender Marriage

The infographic below from the Huffington Post is an improvement over some of the others I’ve seen (one of which I blogged about last month), but still fails to break down religions other than Christianity into subcategories, thus painting those traditions with too broad a brush. The data comes from the recent survey undertaken by [Read More...]

The Writing Process

I have a sabbatical coming up in the Fall, and so I thought I would share this pie chart, which breaks down what is in store for me each day in the coming months… [Read more...]

Does This Get Your Goat?

  As you can see above, a friend of mine asked on Facebook whether anyone they know has a goat. As I said in my comment, that is the first time I have encountered a goat request on Facebook. What’s the oddest request you’ve encountered on social media? And how will the fact that one can [Read More...]


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