Joel Watts has Hated Zwingli for More Than a Century

The image above first came to my attention on Allan Bevere's blog. But today the publisher E. J. Brill shared it on Facebook, adding the detail that it is supposed to be the preface to the 1830 book Zwingli’s Letters and Treatises by Joel Watts. The message of this “Peeface” for us today? Proofread. Carefully. [Read More...]

Vridar Returns (and a Review of a Review of a Review)

Before Vridar had been shut down as a result of a copyright complaint from Joel Watts, I had begun to respond to something Neil Godfrey wrote there. Now that his blog is back (at the different address of Vridar.org), I will do so. But let me first direct readers to some discussion of the events that [Read More...]

The Origin According To…

Via Joel Watts (who thinks the guy in the last frame is the Tenth Doctor)   [Read more...]

What If Jesus Was Real?

“What if Jesus was Real?” is the title of Joel Watts’ new article in the Huffington Post. Here’s the conclusion: The real Jesus was a Jew, one nearly unrecoverable in the present — but this doesn’t mean he didn’t exist. It just means we have to live constantly with the doubt we may never really [Read More...]

New Game: What Does The Bible Explicitly State?

Joel Watts has come up with a clever idea for a Bible-related game. It was sparked by the latest instance of someone claiming “the Bible explicitly states” about an issue they consider important. (If you Google the phrase, you get some 8.5 million results, so it is fairly common). And so here is what Joel [Read More...]

Student Blogging Session at SBL 2013

Here's the information about the session on student blogging and students in the digital age that the Blogger and Online Publication section and the Student Advisory Council are jointly sponsoring: Blogger and Online Publication Student Blogging and Students in the Digital Age Mark Goodacre presiding Jack Collins, University of Virginia Academic Busking: A New Paradigm [Read More...]

And The Award For Best Blog Post Title Goes To…

I think Rachel Held Evans definitely deserves an award for the title of her post today, about the Personal Promise Bible. In case you haven’t heard of it, this Bible adds your name into many verses, so that you can read them as though it were written specifically for you. The title of Rachel’s post [Read More...]

Premature Finality

When I saw this cartoon on the blog The Egyptiana Emporium, it made me reflect on how easy it is to revise what we write nowadays compared with in the past… Once it was a matter of starting over carving in stone the entire tablet. Then it was “simply” a matter of typing one or [Read More...]

Jesus, Criteria and the Demise of Authenticity Conference

Some of you may have managed to watch live video of the conference “Jesus, Criteria, and the Demise of Authenticity” over the last two days. And you may read the book. Either way, you may want to take a look at Joel Watts’ and Mark Goodacre’s blogs, since they live-blogged the conference while in attendance, [Read More...]

Literalism, Critical Thinking and Science around the Blogosphere

Let’s start this collection of links with Adam Kotsko’s post on literalism. Here’s a sample: I sometimes had to fight an uphill battle with secular liberal students who basically took fundamentalists at their word that they were following the Bible “literally” and who felt that such “literalism” was somehow the most authentic form of religion. [Read More...]

The Biblioblog Top 10 (May 2011)

Thanks to Daniel McClellan for posting the Top 10 Biblioblogs by vote for this past month, and thank you to everyone who voted for Exploring Our Matrix, which came in #1 again! Thanks for following the blog to its new location! A newcomer to the top 10, right there at the bottom, is Jim West. [Read More...]


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