The Bible: Not Just A Book vs. Not Even A Book

Today in my class on the Bible we’re up to the Book of Isaiah. Academic study of Isaiah cannot avoid discussion of its apparent composite authorship. Scholarly theories about there being more than one author result from a careful reading of the text, and observation of important details such as the overlap with 2 Kings, [Read More...]

Cultural Lenses and the Bible: Mary’s Gift

Today in my Sunday school class we discussed the difficulties historians have if they try to fit together the information from Matthew and Luke about the birth and infancy of Jesus. The dates, place of origin and geographical movements seem difficult if not impossible to reconcile. In the process, we talked about our cultural assumptions [Read More...]

Labels and Keywords

I received an error message today as I was trying to post something – an alert that a blog is not allowed to have more than 2,000 labels. My first thought was “How arbitrary! How restrictive!” My second thought was “I have 2,000 labels?!?!” I probably won’t leave it up for long, but I’ve decided [Read More...]

Mysticism vs. Science in Sci-Fi

Someone drew an article to my attention that explores the mystical and fantastic in recent sci-fi, and asks whether it is overtaking the scientific component, looking at the example of the recent movie 9. I wonder if the “y” in SyFy (the new name of the Sci-Fi Channel) is from “mYsticism”… [Read more...]

Religion In The Public Schools

The National Center for Science Education sent an e-mail highlighting a useful book that can be downloaded free online, entitled Religion in the Public Schools. It provides legal advice about what it is legal and not legal to teach with respect to religion in such a setting, as well as issues related to evolution and [Read More...]

Dawkins in Indiana

I just received word about this upcoming event: Richard Dawkins will be discussing his new book, The Greatest Show on Earth: The Evidence for Evolution (Free Press, 2009), at 7:00 p.m. on October 12, at the IU Auditorium on the campus of Indiana University in Bloomington. Admission is free and open to the public, so [Read More...]

Accepting Darwin’s Theory Without Compromising Faith

A colleague and friend had his letter to the editor published in the Indianapolis Star. It is a response to Pulliam’s piece on evolution that I mentioned a couple of days ago. In related news, a commenter drew my attention to an online version of the book Creator and Creation by Ronald A. Simkins. And [Read More...]

Genesis for Biologists

I’m in the process of organizing a reading and discussion group on campus. The group will consist primarily of faculty from religion, biology and philosophy. Thus far, it looks like the inclination is to discuss the Genesis creation stories from an academic perspective, and hopefully provide the biology faculty with tools that can help them [Read More...]

Jim West’s Response to My Scurrilous Accusations

Jim West has responded to my post – or in his terminology, “smacked me down”. If you click through, you will find his response very entertaining. But you’ll also increase the number of visits to his site, thereby making it likely that next month he’ll rank as the #1 biblioblogger yet again. So please do [Read More...]

A Load Of Skubalon? What the Sheol?!

A friend drew my attention to an article entitled “Toward An Evangelical Theology of Cussing” which I thought some readers might find interesting, particularly those with research interests in kakalogology. [Read more...]

Shocking Revelations About Jim West

Even as Jim West’s minions at the Biblioblog Top 50 have ranked him #1 for the 7th month in a row, a shocking truth has emerged about West’s credentials and may lead some to accuse him of hypocrisy. In addition to blogging about the Bible, and criticizing those “dilettantes” who talk about the Bible even [Read More...]

Biblical Studies Carnival XLVI and Biblioblog Top 50

Within a short period the two mainstays of biblioblogdom have appeared. Most importantly, the latest Biblical Studies Carnival is up at the blog Hebrew and Greek Reader. What’s more, the meaningless but still fun Biblioblog Top 50 for September is up. Lots of new blogs on the list, so it’s definitely worth a close inspection. [Read more...]

Is Religion in Science Fiction Something New? Hardly!

Charlie Jane Anders at IO9 suggests that there is a new emphasis on religion in science fiction, according to the post that recently appeared there, with the delightful title “God Is Our Space Pilot: Does Every SF Show Need Jesus Now?“ If science fiction starts with 1 Enoch and his heavenly journeys, then it had [Read More...]

Young Earth Creationist Quote of the Day (Todd Wood)

I already had a “quote of the day”, but John M. Lynch pointed out this striking honest quote from young-earth creationist Todd Wood, and I had to share it: Evolution is not a theory in crisis. It is not teetering on the verge of collapse. It has not failed as a scientific explanation. There is [Read More...]