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...]

Ad Hominem

Regular commenter Ian said the following, which made an important point clearly and succinctly, and so I wanted to share it. He wrote: Being shown in detail that you’re wrong is often confused for a personal attack. I have heard so many people, when presented with counter-evidence to their views, complained that the person criticizing [Read More...]

Let’s Get Critical

Henry Neufeld writes: We tend to defend the things we believe. We even tend to defend the things we want to believe. But if we are going to claim to be critical—and I think that’s a good thing to be—then we need to be critical all the time. That will mean that many of the theories [Read More...]

An Evolutionary Creationist’s Declaration of Independence

This seems particularly fitting for the occasion of 4th of July and an ongoing interest of this blog (it is authored by Mike Beidler, and first appeared on the blog Rethinking the αlpha and Ωmega: An Evolutionary Creationist’s Declaration of Independence (Apologies to Mr. Jefferson) In the BODY OF CHRIST, February 26, 2010. The unanimous [Read More...]

Biblical Criticism

This cartoon came to my attention on Facebook: I wonder whether the cartoonist is intentionally playing on the double meaning of “criticism”, or reflects the same confusion educators often encounter in classes. When we talk about “Biblical criticism” the phrase does not mean “criticizing the Bible” – it means the careful, thorough, detailed, scholarly study [Read More...]

Quote of the Day

If your faith can move mountains, it should be able to withstand a little criticism. – Source unknown, via Robert Cargill on Facebook [Read more...]

Fork Criticism: Understanding Biblical Criticism Through Cutlery

Via Sansblogue, I learned about the St. Eutychus blog, and the post there that seeks to use cutlery to illustrate different methods and conclusions in Biblical criticism. Here are a couple of examples: Click through to read the rest. [Read more...]

Redaction Criticism, Star Trek, and the Bible (Director’s Cut)

To err is human. To learn to take the time to revise and improve on first drafts of one’s work may not be divine but it sure is important. In the freshman class I teach, students are required to submit a first draft of most papers, which is then graded and given feedback, after which [Read More...]

Rafael Rodriguez is (probably) Wrong about his own Wrongness

Rafael kindly responded to my reply to his post, including (in a comment here) the following video, which presumably was meant to indicate that he would be tap dancing around some of the issues.  :-) Rafael mentions a number of topics – such as whether Mark Goodacre is correct about the matter of Q – [Read More...]

Rafael Rodriguez is Wrong on Redaction

Rafael Rodriguez has posted some thoughts on reading Tom Holmén’s entry on “Authenticity Criteria” in the Routledge Encyclopedia of the Historical Jesus. Since Rafael and I have had conversations about this topic both in the blogosphere and in person, he won’t be surprised to hear that I think he is wrong. But since the theme [Read More...]

Prove John Hobbins Wrong: Criticize Patheos!

I shared a link in my last post, but I think this deserves a post of its own. John Hobbins has shared why he can’t recommend Patheos. I can understand some of his points, while others I think are off target. But one in particular seems way off base, the idea that by joining Patheos, [Read More...]


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