Is This Blog Church?

Tim Bulkeley blogged about the subject of the church and social capital. He suggests that, if he preaches on his blog to an audience of hundreds worldwide, in addition to those present in a congregation he is physically present with on Sunday, then there has been a gain, not a loss. That got me thinking. [Read More...]

Apologetics, Faith, and Pride

The quote comes from a guest post on Pete Enns’ blog, in which Randy Hardman tells the story of why he left the pursuit of apologetics as a vocation. [Read more...]

Christopher Skinner on the Move

Christopher Skinner, who will be known to some of you from his blog Peje Iesous, is moving his blogging to Nijay Gupta’s blog Crux Sola. For more about Christopher, there is an interview with him on Greg Monette’s relatively new blog, which some of you may not be aware of yet. [Read more...]

Chuck Blanchard is Back

Chuck Blanchard is back blogging at his old location, “A Guy in the Pew.” Thanks to The Lead for drawing this to my attention [Read more...]

Ten Years Old

Today is the tenth bloggiversary of Exploring Our Matrix. Even before it moved to Blogger, there was a version hosted on my own academic web space. And that is still there! So you can click through and see what things looked like when this blog first began. [Read more...]

Doctor Who and Religion Day

Today is the religion and Doctor Who synchroblog! Here’s what I’m aware of so far on other blogs: Jack Collins has been live-blogging (or live micro-blogging) the Religion and Doctor Who conference at the University of Manchester. He started with his arrival, then the amazing library, then his panel having gone well, and having spoiled [Read More...]

Universal Declaration of Human Rights

The above Zen Pencils cartoon was accompanied by a reminder that October 16th is Blog Action Day, with a focus this year on human rights. Human rights are things that we as humans define. But we do so rationally, by declaring that the same rights, freedoms, and protections that we want, all should have. Looking [Read More...]

August 2013 Biblical Studies Carnival(s)

The latest Biblical Studies Carnival has been posted on the blog Near Emmaus. Many thanks for Brian LePort for hosting it this month! The monthly Hebrews carnival has also appeared, as has the new Septuagint Soiree. I am delighted to say that Exploring Our Matrix is represented in all three!   [Read more...]

Argumentum a Recensiones Amazon

I have encountered what may be a relatively new fallacy, but is a logical fallacy nevertheless. A commenter attempted to argue that the Intelligent Design book Darwin’s Doubt is weighty because it has more 5-star reviews on Amazon.com than 1-star reviews. That is pretty surprising, to be sure, even given the inevitable turnout of the [Read More...]

Josephus, Jesus, and John

Ken Olson recently had a guest post on the Jesus Blog, about the Testimonium Flavianum.¬†Olson’s chapter on this subject, “A Eusebian Reading of the Testimonium Flavianum,” is online on Academia.edu.¬†Jim Davila and Richard Carrier also discuss this topic. Olson’s argument is summed up as follows: “The most likely hypothesis is that Eusebius either composed the [Read More...]

From Divine Identity to Unitarian Worship Music

Dale Tuggy, who teaches at SUNY Fredonia, left a comment here recently, pointing out the presence online of an article he wrote critically evaluating Richard Bauckham’s notion of “divine identity.” In the process, I discovered a blog called Trinities, to which Tuggy is a contributor. It really does explore the doctrines of divine threeness and [Read More...]


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