Quote of the Day (Harold S. Kushner)

“We are always entitled to call the Torah to witness against itself, that is, to apply its own moral standards to some of its passages. We do it no disservice when we let it teach us the highest moral principles, standards so high that the Torah itself – the work of human hands and minds [Read More...]

LOST: in need of a constant

Tonight’s episode of LOST was wonderful. We learned how Daniel Faraday, in 1996, was working on an experiment that would allow the consciousness of a living thing (in practice, a rat named Eloise) to be “unstuck” in time. He meets Desmond, after his future self tells him to go find him at the Department of [Read More...]

Quote of the Day (Doug Chaplin)

“There is no gospel that does not wear cultural clothes, no simple faith that owes nothing to general education for its expression and understanding. It is a necessary corollary of the Word made flesh, that the message of Jesus wears the clothes of Jerusalem and Athens, Illinois or Cambridge” (Doug Chaplin, “The rhetoric of Athens [Read More...]

Teach Yourself Mandaic

It will not take you very far, and is focused on the modern spoken dialect, it would seem, rather than the classical form of most interest to scholars. Nevertheless, the resources recently made available on a Mandaean site in Australia for learning the Mandaic language are still a welcome addition. Thanks to those who’ve made [Read More...]

What has Athens to do with Jerusalem?

April DeConick proposed having a “blog co-op” on the theme “What has Athens to do with Jerusalem?” Before proceeding to the source of this quotation, good old Tertullian, I do want to share an anecdote. I distinctly remember (although I cannot remember precisely when) suddenly realizing that “Joppa” (which I remembered from the movie Clash [Read More...]

The Hand Of God

Yesterday’s episode of Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, was arguably the most powerful yet, at least as far as the series’ exploration of religion and artificial intelligence is concerned. If anything, the episode could be criticized for overplaying this aspect – often times a subtle approach is best – but in in the end it [Read More...]

Around the Blogosphere

Everyone (well not quite but lots of bloggers) are talking about the recent Pew Forums study on religion. The study itself can be found on the Pew Forums web site.The Quixotic Infidel has a nice chart (and post) about the development of the New Testament canon.The Bad Idea Blog focuses attention on the hypocrisy in [Read More...]

God’s Battered Wife

A student in my class on Paul’s letters had a very thought-provoking reaction to the summary of Israel’s experiences wandering in the wilderness in 1 Corinthians 10:6-12. There a series of actions in violation of the Law are listed, and the punishments that resulted. For this student, the text was a description of how each [Read More...]

A Muslim Who Loves Jesus (Part Of A Continuing Bloggersation)

Doesn’t exclusivism inevitably place the focus for salvation more on assent to doctrine than on either one’s attitude to God or one’s behavior? Thus far I’ve approached the subject from the standpoint of passages in the Bible that seem to me to be relevant. Let me in this post try a different approach. I suspect [Read More...]

Quote of the Day (Senator Mitch McConnell)

Sen. Mitch McConnell referred to the Democratic race as being between “a New York senator who was born in Illinois, and an Illinois senator who was apparently born in a manger” (Reported in the Washington Post via Commonweal; HT Obamianity and Melissa Rogers). [Read more...]

Rated M For Meme

I’d like to thank Ian for awarding me (or should that be “infecting me with”?) the “Rated E for Excellent” award – which is also a meme, since you then pass it on to ten other blogs, and so on until the word “excellent” in reference to blogs eventually loses all meaning, or the meme [Read More...]

Relegated to the Fringe (The Bloggersation Continues)

Michael has responded and suggested that I am ‘blurring the lines’. I would like to counter and argue that I see the lines as already being blurry, and feel that Michael is trying to make them clear and obvious where they aren’t. In discussing my earlier invocation of the evidence of Acts 17, Michael takes [Read More...]

Paul and Pluralism (A Reply to Ken Brown, Continuing the Bloggersation)

Thanks, Ken, for your insightful reply. I certainly would agree to a large extent with you (and Michael) that Paul saw himself as inviting people to experience redemption from the powers of the present evil age in and through Christ. To deny that this is central to his worldview, and his writings, would scarcely be [Read More...]

Brief Reply To Michael Halcomb

This is my reply to Michael Halcomb’s most recent contribution to our ongoing bloggersation. First let me address an apparent misunderstanding. You suggest that I think Paul is addressing legalism, when in fact I asserted (or meant to assert) the opposite. Perhaps I was unclear – indeed, I may have assumed that you would take [Read More...]


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