Troll Amnesty Day

I hereby proclaim this day Troll Amnesty Day. Having recently seen a person behaving trollishly on this blog, and dealt with by commenters here without any need to resort to banning them, I’ve decided to lift all previous bans, and give a second chance to all commenters that have previously been banned. This will also give [Read More...]

Ten Possible New Names

Anthony Le Donne has responded to my question about possible new names for my blog with a list of ten possibilities. Some of my favorites include: Dinosaurs with Saddles Horus Is Just Alright With Me McGrath’s Gaffes The Epistle of St. James the Nonplussed Click through to read the rest of them. From what I’ve [Read More...]

Time for a Name Change?

I’ve been thinking that the Matrix reference in the name of my blog has become rather dated. And so I’m contemplating changing it. Any suggestions for a new name? Should I just call it “James McGrath’s Blog,” or would something else be better? Silly as well as serious suggestions are welcome. Of course, I could [Read More...]

Most Popular Posts of 2014

Below are the nine posts that got the most visits over the past year. Each of them received more than 10,000 pageviews, and #1 post received more than 35,000 pageviews. #9  Ignoring the Most Biblical Explanation #8  Beware of Who’s Who Scams  (this post is from 2011, but since the scams continue, interest in the post [Read More...]

Scenes from #SBLAAR14

A few people took photos of me at the conference, and so I thought I would share them. I have already shared my papers. I felt that all the sessions I was involved in went well. The discussion of Bart Ehrman’s book on Saturday was great. I thought that the mix of people who agreed [Read More...]

Amazing Lookalike?

There is apparently a blog devoted to Biblical scholars and their lookalikes. This isn’t the first time that someone has suggested that I resemble actor Paul Giamatti: I think mine may be the only one on the site where there’s a genuine resemblance. What do others think?   [Read more...]

Disquiet Time (and a New Patheos Blogger)

In an interesting convergence, I was asked to review the book Disquiet Time: Rants and Reflections on the Good Book by the Skeptical, the Faithful, and a Few Scoundrels on my blog, and not long afterwards, I learned that one of its editors and contributors, Cathleen Falsani, is now blogging at Patheos. It thus seemed [Read More...]

New Blog

I am grateful to Tavis Bohlinger for drawing attention to the fact that the University of Durham Department of Theology and Religion has a new blog. The address is: https://durhamabbeyhouse.wordpress.com/ This will definitely be worth keeping an eye on!   [Read more...]

Shame on Jerry Coyne

In a comment on his blog, Jerry Coyne responded to my recent post by quoting what I wrote and then writing the following:   This is a complete distortion of what I have said. I never started out by wanting Jesus not to exist. I had no opinion on the matter, and it was only [Read More...]

Gods, Machines, and Blogs

I recently became aware that Frauke Uhlenbruch, who chairs the EABS program unit on science fiction and the Bible, has a blog, gods and machines. It will obviously be of interest to academics who study sci-fi, comic books, and/or fandoms. Also of interest is a site connected with the “Fan Studies Network” which works to keep [Read More...]

James Crossley’s New Blog

James Crossley has a new blog, Harnessing Chaos. It will be of interest to anyone who reads Biblical studies blogs. One of the first few posts highlights another source of interest, the Biblical Studies Online podcasts. Of related interest, Fortress Press has launched Fortress Press Live. [Read more...]


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