He Who Has Not Been Named

Finally, a day on which I checked my blog’s keyword stats, and none of the recent arrivals had got here via “Barack Obama antichrist prophecy” or anything comparable. That search string is still the one to most frequently have brought people recently, but still, to not have had any of the most recent searches be [Read More...]

Boston, Providence and Manchester

I’m not sure whether my case is common or rare among those attending the Society of Biblical Literature conference in Boston this year, but I made my booking well in advance, not having the confidence to wait and hope for better prices. My flight is into Providence airport, about an hour from Boston, and my [Read More...]

Dating Daniel

NT Wrong has a post on the reasons why Daniel is regarded by almost all scholars as a pseudo-prophecy (like just about all the other examples of apocalyptic literature we have from this period). In my class on apocalyptic, I put up a powerpoint slide with the text of a recently discovered ancient apocalypse (one [Read More...]

Beaming Down To Church

Rarely do the blogs I follow post even one cartoon featuring Star Trek characters and a transporter, but today there were two. The first is from The Ongoing Adventures of ASBO Jesus: The second is from Pencils at Dawn (HT Bay of Fundie): [Read more...]

Bibliobloggers at SBL

Michael Halcomb just posted an update on the bibliobloggers’ get-together at the Society of Biblical Literature conference in Boston: Sunday night dinner gathering for Bible Bloggers. Time: 7pm Location: Plaza Level in Front of Exhibition B Doors [Read more...]

Around the Blogosphere

I’m grateful to Jim West for pointing out this amusing new book: How to Profit From the Coming Rapture: Getting Ahead When You’re Left Behind. Jim seems not to have gotten the joke, though. He also has a post/link on press coverage of Biblical archaeology. Mark Goodacre shares his conference paper on dating New Testament [Read More...]

Random Facts

I’ve been tagged with a meme by the Secundum Artem blog, the rules of which are as follows: 1. Link to the person who tagged you.2. Post the rules on your blog.3. Write six random things about yourself.4. Tag six people at the end of your post and link to them.5. Let each person know [Read More...]

Keith Ward, Big Questions in Science and Religion 8: Can Science Provide a Wholly Naturalistic Explanation for Moral and Religious Beliefs?

It has been a while since my last entry in this series on Keith Ward’s book The Big Questions in Science and Religion. Chapter 8 looks at attempts to explain morality, and religious beliefs, in evolutionary terms. His short answer is that, unless one accepts a purely reductionistic approach, then we cannot. We may be [Read More...]

Quote of the Day (Ken Schenck)

Ken Schenck has begun a series on the antichrist over at Quadrilateral Thoughts. Here’s a sample from today’s post: In short, those who relate these parts of Revelation to contemporary events have ended up looking stupid every single time thus far. Just think of all the people who have speculated about who the Antichrist will [Read More...]

The Official Website of the New Administration

A student sent me the link to the official web site of the president elect, Barack Obama, outlining the vision for his and Joe Biden’s administration. It is definitely worth a look. The site has the catchy title Change.gov. [Read more...]

Quote of the Day (David Ker)

My brethren, stop being so stupid. Stop forwarding half-cocked emails based on bad logic and spite. The British journalist about choked on his microphone when the seemingly intelligent general manager of an ethanol plant in Missouri started talking about how he could never vote for Obama because he’s scared and in Revelation 13 it says [Read More...]

The First African-American President

I am delighted that Barack Obama has been elected the next president of the United States. I am proud of our nation and am thrilled by what Obama’s election represents. And yet I remain troubled, not by his victory, but by the way the language used to speak about it and about him indicates that [Read More...]

Enough Already: Our Next President and the Book of Revelation

I thought that perhaps after the election, the number of visitors to my blog who arrive here via search engines, searching for keywords like “Obama” and “Revelation 13″ and “antichrist” would decrease and eventually stop. At the moment, it seems that there is, if anything, an increase. If you’re interested in the Book of Revelation, [Read More...]

“This is a historic election” – Congratulations President Obama!

As I prepared to write a post congratulating president Barack Obama, and Indiana, the state I live in, for its role, John McCain’s concession speech came on TV. McCain spoke of his genuine admiration for Obama, and eloquently articulated the historic significance of this moment in our nation’s history. I hope that McCain’s supporters will [Read More...]