The Creation of the Internet

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The Internet Is Not Killing Religion

There have been a lot of posts about a recent study which showed a correlation between increasing internet use and decreasing religiosity. Some of them have headlines about “the internet killing religion.” It is worth asking some hard questions: If religion can be eliminated by the internet, what was it, and is it something worth [Read More...]

Tempted In Every Way As We Are

Hebrews 4:15 says that Jesus was “tempted in every way as we are – yet without sin.” I had someone mention to me a book which suggested that this must have included same-sex attraction, since otherwise Jesus was not tempted in every way the author was. This seems to take things too far – in [Read More...]

Saddest Search of the Internet Age

One of the reasons I focus so much attention on information literacy skills, and require students to not merely say “I found it on JSTOR,” is that it is important to know how to cope without resources that we normally rely on. The best example of this in our time is relying on Googling for [Read More...]

Do People Have a Right to Anonymity?

This morning while I was busy with other things, an individual who goes by the nickname “Crude” got into a dispute with a commenter named Stuart32 here on the blog, and posted about it on his own blog “Crude Ideas.” In the process, the question of whether one of them knew something about the other’s actual [Read More...]

Does The Internet Make People Atheists?

Via PZ Myers and a couple of other people, I became aware of an article with the title “How The Internet is Taking Away America’s Religion.”  Here is a chart from the article: There is definitely a need to avoid assuming that the correlation indicates causation. But I will certainly want to dig into the [Read More...]

Is the Internet a Library?

The meme image above has been circulating a lot lately. It reminded me of a discussion I had a couple of years ago about the difference between the internet and a library. The former is a disorganized jumble of information. What it lacks is curation. Search results, whether in a card catalogue or a browser [Read More...]

SBL Paper Accepted

I’ll be on a panel of invited speakers at SBL in 2014, talking about Bart Ehrman’s latest book. In addition, I’ve had a paper accepted by the Metacriticism of Biblical Scholarship consultation. Here’s the abstract: Can University Walls Keep Out The Internet? Statements can be found on the websites of many sectarian educational institutions, indicating [Read More...]

Is This Blog Church?

Tim Bulkeley blogged about the subject of the church and social capital. He suggests that, if he preaches on his blog to an audience of hundreds worldwide, in addition to those present in a congregation he is physically present with on Sunday, then there has been a gain, not a loss. That got me thinking. [Read More...]

Take a Minute to Read This

Take an internet minute to read the above chart, that is. But what happens if you read it on the internet at the end of your workday? HT Marc Cortez   [Read more...]

Internet Ethics

Christian Brady shared the above Bizarro cartoon. There are a number of important topics it gets at. One is the simple fact that some think the Bible contains material that looks ahead to later science and technology, and yet the evidence does not support this. But another is that, for those of us who appreciate [Read More...]


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