Is Google+ Useful?

I’ve seen notices on several blogs that people have been signing up for Google Plus. If you are among those who have done so, I would be interested in hearing your impressions thus far. Is Google+ useful? Does it look promising compared to Facebook? Is it like an Android tablet when you already have an [Read More...]

All Major Systems of Thought Assessed in One Cartoon

From Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal (via) [Read more...]

Shocking Image of the Youth Minister who broke ALL of the Ten Commandments – Simultaneously!

HT Máire Byrne, who also shared a couple of other cartoons besides this one. Click through to see the rest. [Read more...]

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...]


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