Conservative Christians Promote Sex Change

It suddenly struck me today that, contrary to my assumptions, today’s conservative Christians apparently embrace the notion that one can be transgender, and actively support the idea of sex change operations. How else can one account for their determination to turn Junia into a man? [Inspired by recent posts by J. K. Gayle and Suzanne [Read More...]

Scholarship Around the Blogosphere

First, Bob Cargill shared the following motivational poster, with the heading “Why scholarship is important” and the additional observation that “Just because it’s simple, clever, or rhymes, doesn’t necessarily make it correct.” Scott Bailey, in addition to passing on the image above, also continued his discussion of whether higher criticism attempts to “destroy the Bible,” [Read More...]

We Are Not All Cylons (So Say We All)

Joel Watts has posted what most people would probably consider an unnecessary reminder: No, we are not all Cylons. He was referring to this video: I agree that it is problematic to treat myth – ancient or modern – as though it is actual literal fact. But having said that, I do think that Battlestar [Read More...]

Slave Leia PSA

HT SF Signal [Read more...]

The New Antitheses

David Hayward does it again… [Read more...]

How to Determine the Queen and King of the Biblioblogosphere

There have been major struggles for dominance in the biblioblogosphere, as bloggers have sought to attain the coveted #1 rank, and debated and introduced new methods of evaluation – from Alexa rankings to voting. I would like to propose a different method. The queen and king of the biblioblogosphere should not be based on something [Read More...]

Drafts of My Article on Monotheism

My earliest draft of my reference article on the term “monotheism” was very brief, and so I can share it in its entirety here: monotheism n. Do not use this term. I came to the International Society of Biblical Literature conference hoping to get a better sense of whether this was the emerging scholarly consensus [Read More...]

Recipe for Biblical Literalism (From the Archives)

Take one part overly-familiar Bible verses. Repeat these verses over and over again until a thick, opaque layer is formed. Use this layer to cover the remaining 39 parts consisting of Bible verses that do not talk about the same subject as those more familiar verses, verses which seem to disagree with them, as well [Read More...]

Harmonizing Judas With Doctor Who

This post isn’t about singing harmony on a Lady Gaga song, but about turning a favorite conservative Christian passtime into a fun blogging activity. The discrepancies between the accounts of Judas’ fate, what happened to the 30 pieces of silver, and how the “Field of Blood” got its name are well known. If you aren’t [Read More...]

Review of Holger Michael Zellentin, Rabbinic Parodies of Jewish and Christian Literature

I’m grateful to Mohr Siebeck for having sent me a free review copy of Holger Michael Zellentin’s new book, Rabbinic Parodies of Jewish & Christian Literature (Texts & Studies in Ancient Judaism, 139). Anyone who studies ancient religious literature is bound to have come across stories which seem amusing and/or satirical. But determining when stories [Read More...]

God Beyond the Bible

Two humorous images related to this theme. First, here’s a cartoon from David Hayward: And via Jesus Needs New PR, a sign from a church that believes that God is still speaking: [Read more...]


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