Free Excerpt from Time and Relative Dimensions in Faith

Darton, Longman and Todd has made a free sample of the forthcoming book Time and Relative Dimensions in Faith: Religion and Doctor Who available on Scribd. The book can be pre-ordered on Amazon.com. TIME AND RELATIVE DIMENSIONS IN FAITH: Religion and Doctor Who by davidm1618 [Read more...]

The “Bible Scholar” App

I have mentioned before the need for an app that makes Biblical scholarship available to the general public for free. A recently-publicized app called “The Bible Scholar” illustrates why it is needed, rather than actually providing what is needed. The app is the King James Version of the Bible, Matthew Henry's commentary, and many other [Read More...]

Limits to Religious Freedom

Since Tuesday is Constitution Day, and I will be gathering students from my course on “Religion and Freedom of Expression” soon for the first time to talk about Randall Bezanson’s book How Free Can Religion Be?, I thought I would see if there is interest in discussing the topic on this blog. As a starting [Read More...]

Free Will

I guess I just wasn’t predestined to be a Calvinist. It isn’t that I didn’t try. In my teens, I encountered some very staunch Calvinists who persuaded me that God didn’t simply foreknow everything, but foreordained it. Nothing was outside of God’s sovereignty, nor could anything thwart the divine will. But however much I thought [Read More...]

Logan Airport

I love it when airports genuinely seem to understand that people find themselves there for long periods of time, and that something like free wi-fi can turn the wait from a hassle into time that is actually productive. For instance, one can post an update like this on their blog. Of course, Indianapolis International Airport [Read More...]

Eugenie C. Scott – Evolution vs. Creationism

In honor of Eugenie C. Scott’s announced retirement from her role as executive director of the National Center for Science Education, the NCSE has made chapter two of the second edition of her book Evolution vs. Creationism: An Introduction available for free as a pdf on their website. You can buy the entire book from [Read More...]

SBL Seminar Papers Online

Ancient World Online noted recently that a number of SBL Seminar Papers going back more than a decade have been made available online in pdf form. Mike Heiser mentioned this as well, sharing a list of some that he downloaded, and another rounding up papers on 1 Enoch. [Read more...]

Nestle-Aland Greek New Testament 28th Edition Online for Free

As a number of other bloggers have already mentioned, the NA28 – that is, the latest critical edition of the Greek New Testament – can be read online for free. It lacks the critical apparatus indicating differences between manuscripts, and features just the eclectic text, i.e. what the committee decided was most likely to represent [Read More...]

Freedom of Speech = Freedom to Insult, to Criticize, and to Apologize

Many of the recent discussions about “free speech” in connection with the internet video about Islam called “Innocense of Muslims,” the violent reactions to it, and the apologies for it, seem to me to miss the point. In our democracy, within limits to ensure that the safety of people is safeguarded, people can express themselves [Read More...]

Balloons on a Mailbox

I thought I knew what it meant when someone tied balloons to their mailbox in the United States. A birthday party, or some other celebration, right? Or just possibly a yard sale. And so when I saw balloons on my neighbor’s mailbox, that’s what I presumed it would be. But then I got closer and [Read More...]

Win a Free Copy (or Three) of The Burial of Jesus!

At $2.99 my book The Burial of Jesus is probably well within the realm of the affordable for most people. But if you’d prefer to have a copy for free, then Joel Watts will be giving away three copies. Click through for details! [Read more...]


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