Blogging Temples (and Jim Davila the Prophet)

Jim Davila has been highlighting how the New York Times has been backtracking on and correcting an article which engaged in the common denialist tactic of treating diverse scholarly views about specific details as though it were evidence that the existence of the very thing under investigation were in doubt – in this case, in [Read More...]

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Finishing my Mythicism Article Series

I have a new article published in The Bible and Interpretation: “Mythicism and the Making of Mark.” I think that this will be my last article in this series about Richard Carrier’s book On the Historicity of Jesus: Why We Might Have Reason for Doubt, not only because I am now on sabbatical and have other things to [Read More...]

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My Blog Post Has Become An Essay

I expanded my recent blog post about the experience of my son discovering RateMyProfessors.com into an essay for Inside Higher Ed. You can now read it on their website: “When My Son Discovered RateMyProfessors.com.”   [Read more...]

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More #StuffJesusNeverSaid

This is an interesting one, because in John 6, the source of the quote which is the basis for this reworked version, the meaning is probably “no one can come to me unless they find their way to me through the Scriptures they already have.” The point is that the hearers of Jesus were grumbling in [Read More...]

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Bible Typos

The claim that the Bible is inerrant, and in particular that the manuscript tradition used by the King James translators was divinely preserved so as to avoid error, is implausible for a number of reasons. But there is one simple fact that is particularly relevant: There have been Bibles which contained typos. Of course, anyone who [Read More...]

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Non-Violence as Ruse

The above words are from an article by Ta-Nehisi Coates, “Non-Violence as Compliance,” which appeared in The Atlantic. They seemed to deserve the wider circulation that a meme image sometimes brings, and so I made the above. As the background, I used a photo of him from the Lavin Agency website. I would be interested to know [Read More...]

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Monotheism, Ethics, and the Bible

A pdf of my article on “Monotheism,” published in The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Bible and Ethics, is available on my Selected Works page. I am grateful to Oxford University Press for the permission to make the article available there. [Read more...]

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Contesting Faith, Truth, and Religious Language at the Creation Museum

My colleague Brent Hege has written what I consider to be quite possibly the most important critique of the Creation Museum from the perspective of Christian theology: “Contesting Faith, Truth, and Religious Language at the Creation Museum: A Historical-Theological Reflection.” It was published in Theology and Science. UPDATE: There was a very small number of [Read More...]

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Faith in Film

I was recently interviewed by Kandra Polatis on the subject of religion and science fiction films. The resulting article is called “Faith in film: Why science-fiction movies abound with religious themes” and can be read on the Deseret News website.   [Read more...]

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Beyond Library Walls

Today’s Indianapolis Star includes an article by Stephanie Wang on academic libraries’ move in the direction of focusing on digital resources. The article mentions me, as I spoke with Ms. Wang on the phone the other day. She had heard from our dean of libraries, whom she also interviewed for the article she was working [Read More...]

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Robotic Church

I was intrigued to see the New York Times article today about something called “Robotic Church.” While one can find lots of examples of human beings going through the motions, this is about an artist bringing together multiple robotic creations of his, capable of making music, together in one place in Brooklyn to “make a [Read More...]

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