From The Archives: What Romania Has Taught Me About The Bible

I lived in Romania for three years, have been married to a Romanian for seventeen, and have had a lot of contact with Romania and Romanians. I love the surprised look on people’s faces when I tell them that I didn’t really understand the New Testament until I lived in Romania. Romania was part of [Read More...]

There And Back Again

This is just a quick post to say that I’m back from the conference about the Mandaeans in Oxford. It was really excellent. Even though the papers reflected many different angles on the Mandaeans – from anthropological perspectives on their current refugee plight to philological considerations about Mandaic magical bowls to mentions of the Mandaeans [Read More...]

From The Archives: Sola Scriptura?

Although I am a Protestant, I must confess that the idea of ‘sola Scriptura’, of ‘Scripture alone’, doesn’t work. It could perhaps theoretically work in Islam, where one can (assuming one doesn’t take a critical approach to the text) assume the unity of the book as a given. In the case of the Bible, such [Read More...]

From The Archives: Matthew Accuracy

In their book on Rumor Psychology Nicholas DiFonzo and Prashant Bordia mention the concept of “Matthew Accuracy”. Deriving its name from the principle in the Gospel of Matthew that “to the one who has more will be given, but from the one who does not have even the little he has will be taken away”, [Read More...]

From The Archives: God is a Mystery, not an Explanation

The world we live in is full of mysteries. When we envisage the self-replicating molecules that drive life on this planet, we wonder how they could have arisen, and we seek explanations. Likewise with the very fact than anything exists at all, we wonder why there is something rather than nothing. To say “God did [Read More...]

From The Archives: The Two Doctors (Arguing With Oneself)

For many fans of Doctor Who, among our favorite episodes are the ones where the Doctor encounters his earlier selves – which inevitably leads to arguments! Although intended primarily for comic value, I presume, there is an important insight in these episodes. If I were to meet an earlier me, I would encounter a person [Read More...]

From The Archives: What’s Wrong With Being ‘Right’?

For those who are enthusiastic about the voices calling for a return to or preservation of the Christian foundations of our society, you will probably find yourself largely in agreement with the sentiment of another famous politician, who said: The national government will maintain and defend the foundations on which the power of our nation [Read More...]

The Apocalypse of Eve

Pat McCullough has posted Biblical Studies Carnival 43, in the form of a ‘recently discovered text’ called “The Apocalypse of Eve”. Take a look! [Read more...]

The Church Of Jesus Christ Has Begun Considering The Only True God

I couldn’t resist the opportunity to have a blog post with such a striking title. But of course, it is the blog The Church of Jesus Christ that has begun to consider (and blog about) my recent book, The Only True God. Given that the blogger in question goes by the nickname Polycarp, it will [Read More...]

From The Archives: Things Your Minister Wishes He Or She Could Tell You

There are things your minister, pastor, priest or preacher would love to be able to tell you, but cannot because of concerns about job security. I am not only thinking about the scandalous revelations that occasionally come to light, nor even the relatively minor fact that your pastor sometimes comes to the pulpit the same [Read More...]

Biblioblog Top 50 – June 2009

The Biblioblog Top 50 list for June 2009 has been posted. [Read more...]

On The Fly

I don’t have time to put together a post with a round-up of all the interesting posts around the blogosphere today, so I will simply point readers to the sidebar on this blog with posts I’ve recently read and chose to share. Someone found their way to this blog today by searching for “why are [Read More...]

From the Archives: Advice for Those Buying a Used Religion

This is a second repost of something I wrote on my old blog about Carl Sagan’s The Varieties of Scientific Experience, which are essentially a transcript of his Gifford Lectures. Sagan’s approach to religion is so thoughtful, level-headed, and rational that it is tempting to advocate “Saganism”, an approach to truth that is open to [Read More...]

The Insufficiency of Scripture

There have been books about the “sufficiency of Scripture”, but yesterday as I was reading the Bible I happened across a verse which testifies to the insufficiency of Scripture. 2 John 12 reads: I have much to write to you, but I do not want to use paper and ink. Instead, I hope to visit [Read More...]


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