The God Question at GenCon

I’ve purchased my badges, and will be attending GenCon on Saturday and Sunday, August 16th and 17th. I also got myself a ticket to a screening of the movie “The God Question.” The God question seems to be present on the program more than in just the movie with that title, and more so than [Read More...]

RSS Feed

Hello blog readers! I hope that most of you who have subscribed to my blog's RSS feed are continuing to see posts appear. But I know that at least a couple of people have found that, since the Patheos upgrade, they are no longer seeing new posts. I thought I would mention it, in the [Read More...]

Strong’s Exhausting Creationists

Paul Braterman drew to my attention a blog post on Naturalis Historia about the influence of young-earth creationism on the Blue Letter Bible’s version of Strong’s Concordance. Look at this one in particular: The actual Strong’s Concordance suggests that the term refers to the hippopotamus. The notion that it refers to a dinosaur is something that [Read More...]

Dice Shaming

If you are or have ever been a role playing gamer, the IMGUR series calling for “dice shaming” to become a thing will make you laugh out loud. A sample is provided below. Click through for more. HT Jessica Chobot on Twitter.   [Read more...]

Nerds, Geeks, and Dorks

I have the distinct impression that the precise connotations of these terms varies from region to region. Which makes me a language dork, I gather. What are the connotations of “nerd,” “geek,” and “dork” in parts of the world that you are familiar with?   [Read more...]

Notsrim in the Talmud: Mandaeans, Christians, or Both?

A recent article in Tablet magazine mentions the reference to notsrim in a Talmud discussion of Sunday. There is a longstanding use of this term in reference to Christians, inasmuch as Jesus himself is described as “Yeshu ha-notsri.” But the term “notsri” does not naturally denote Nazareth, and the use of “Nazarenes” to describe Christians [Read More...]

The Most Interesting Reformer in the World?

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Guide to Conference Questions

From The BLN. HT Jim Linville on Facebook.   [Read more...]

Jesus Choking Hazard

Fred Clark shared a link to a post about a Jesus action figure, which I blogged about before, and which poses a choking hazard. Reading that reminded me that I had not yet shared this image I came across, in which Jesus seems to be reenacting a famous scene from Star Wars: A New Hope. [Read More...]

The Best Thesis Defense

  I smiled when I saw the above XKCD cartoon on Facebook. But from a more serious side, despite the saying that “the best defense is a good offense,” that isn't true in the world of arguments and reasoning, whatever its validity may or may not be in the realm of sports. No matter how [Read More...]

One Person’s Theology Quote

Someone shared the following image, allegedly quoting science fiction author Robert Heinlein. I have found the words in two books, but neither book is by Heinlein, and neither book attributes the words to Heinlein.   [Read more...]

Message Sent On Moodle

My latest parody song, this time on one of the potential pitfalls of online learning. [Read more...]

The First New Testament

Jason BeDuhn’s book, The First New Testament: Marcion’s Scriptural Canon, offers both a reconstruction of the text of Marcion’s Gospel and Apostolikon (a collection of letters of Paul which corresponds to those judged authentic by modern scholars), and a discussion of the relevant scholarly matters and their implications. Scholars of the New Testament should not [Read More...]

James D. G. Dunn on Gaza

Here’s a letter to the editor written to The Guardian by James D. G. Dunn, New Testament scholar and my doctoral supervisor, about the situation in Israel and Gaza: Dear Sir, I count myself as a supporter of the state of Israel, of its resettlement in its historic setting.   But I have been distressed not only [Read More...]


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