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...]

From Bultmann to Banana Man

Today is the birthday of Rudolf Bultmann, a great New Testament scholar and thinker about the Christian faith. As with most great thinkers, he had ideas that have not stood the test of time. But so much of what he proposed is insightful that he is still very much worth reading. Conservatives have probably heard [Read More...]

Septuagint Studies Soirée

Abram K-J has proposed a new blog carnival with a specific focus: the Septuagint Studies Soirée. Blog about the LXX, then click through and let Abram know that you’ve done so, and your post will most likely get included!     [Read more...]

This Is The Blog You Are Looking For

Just in case you didn't already know that. HT Approaching Justice   [Read more...]

Interesting Posts Elsewhere: New Location!

I mentioned needing a replacement for TheOldReader. I am going to give Feedly a try – it looks promising. The main thing it lacks is the ability to share select posts to an RSS feed. But I think there is a solution which may be acceptable to those who've enjoyed that sidebar or RSS feature. [Read More...]

How Would You Try To Get Through?

I received an e-mail recently from someone whom I banned for trollish behavior, which seemed to me to be wasting the time of not only myself, but also other commenters. The individual in question was demonstrably dishonest, and refused to interact with evidence. The e-mail illustrates the same persistent claim or belief that the individual [Read More...]

How To Start an Academic Blog

Joshua Mann has written a blog post about how to start an academic blog, gearing up for a presentation on the topic for SBL in November. When I saw the title, it reminded me of the classic cartoon about how become a famous blogger. In much the same way, to become an academic blogger, you [Read More...]

Sometimes You Just Really Love a Post

When Candida Moss tweeted yesterday about our both being in the same place to do interviews for a History Channel show, Dorothy King tweeted the picture below in response, and I wanted to share it with you.     [Read more...]

Technological Transformation

I am writing this on a bus with free wi-fi that will (unless something unexpected happens) take me to Heathrow Airport. That I could pop across the Atlantic for a conference in Oxford for a few days is itself a marvel of technology, but one that has been around for a while now (and was [Read More...]


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