Solutions for Homosexual Christians

Christians with possessions face a problem, at least in theory, because they are living in direct disobedience to an explicit command of Jesus, found in Luke 14:33. But several interpretative options to get around this have long been used. It is generally considered enough to give up some possessions, or unnecessary or superfluous ones. Alternatively, [Read More...]

Galactica Elections

For those looking for amusement rather than controversy, I commend the Battlestar Galactica election bumper stickers, T-shirts and other paraphernalia offered at Galactica Sitrep. From there, you’ll discover there are still other offerings of a similar sort around the web. As a fan of the show, my slogan is “Four more years”. But I guess [Read More...]

If You’re Bored…

If you’re bored, you can always go see if you can keep some discussion going over on, where I am trying to start a discussion on the same topic as my recent post here, namely the Bible and history. Or, if you liked my video clip on YouTube about an aspect of my new [Read More...]

Alliance for Science Essay Contest

From the NCSE: The Alliance for Science — a non-profit organization which seeks “to heighten public understanding and support for science and to preserve the distinctions between science and religion in the public sphere” — is holding its third annual essay contest. The theme is “In Darwin’s Footsteps,” and students are encouraged “to identify and [Read More...]

Nature, Scripture and Homosexuality

David Ker has jumped into the ferocious waters of the issue of homosexuality by commenting on Ray Boltz coming out. Here’s what I commented on the subject: Presumably if we want to do the subject justice, we’ll need to get beyond the Levitical code, which includes a great deal that is considered to be of [Read More...]

Intelligent Design, Academic Freedom and Peer Review

I just discovered Opposing Viewpoints (HT The Panda’s Thumb), and decided to chime in on the discussion of Intelligent Design over there. Here’s what I wrote in a sub-forum on academic freedom and ID: Perhaps what is needed is to distinguish between academic freedom and peer review. Many regulations about academic freedom are broad, and [Read More...]

Jesus Probably Rose From The Dead: On Historical Study and Christian Apologetics

In thinking about the issues of history and faith, I’ve come to the conclusion that a key challenge facing Christianity in our time can be outlined as follows: First, Christianity as historically understood has a close connection with historical events. Second, historical study provides the only tools available by which to answer questions such as [Read More...]

On The Shoulders of Giants

I think it is important to think and reflect a little further, to dig a little deeper, in relation to the subject of my recent post about Abraham and child sacrifice. Clearly I am willing to be critical of the story, to disagree. But I also am profoundly aware that my perspective on child sacrifice [Read More...]

Anointed for Burial?

Here’s my first attempt at video recording myself and posting it on YouTube. I talk for about 5 minutes about a topic touched on in my book, namely the difference between Mark and John about whether or not Jesus was anointed when he was buried. I’d gratefully welcome any feedback on how I might do [Read More...]

Bibliobloggers in Boston?

Are there plans to have some sort of bibliobloggers’ get-together in Boston at SBL this year? If not, there should be! [Read more...]

International “Use Your Turn Signal” Signal

There is a need for a way for drivers to draw attention to those who, through their failure to use their turn signal when driving, make the road a more dangerous and more stressful place. The current signal (a glaring angry look) appears not to serve as an effective means of communicating the point clearly, [Read More...]

Craig and Crossley on the Resurrection

Over on The Burial of Jesus blog, I’ve shared the debate between William Lane Craig and James Crossley about the resurrection of Jesus, which apparently took place back in 2007. A major reason for writing my book on the burial of Jesus is the relevance of that subject to how we view the traditions about [Read More...]

Standing in Abraham’s Shoes

N. T. Wrong shared this cartoon from YouTube about someone finding himself in the same situation as Abraham in the story in Genesis. What do you think of the advice his co-worker gives him? I also liked this cartoon that was shared at The Rev’s Rumbles. I’m not sure why exactly… [Read more...]

1 Corinthians 13 paraphrased for academics

If I speak in the languages of peoples living and dead, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have a PhD and can fathom all sorts of mysteries and significant amounts of knowledge, and if I have the common sense to know that “faith that can [Read More...]