Archives for February 2008

Looking Forward To God’s Surprises

There’s been an ongoing bloggersation about pluralism, universalism, inclusivism and so on involving this blog and several others. I’ve already posted a quote of the day for today, but then I came across this: I can’t help but think of the scenario in Jn 8.1-11 involving the woman caught in adultery. I wonder, if at [Read More…]

Quote of the Day (Harold S. Kushner)

“We are always entitled to call the Torah to witness against itself, that is, to apply its own moral standards to some of its passages. We do it no disservice when we let it teach us the highest moral principles, standards so high that the Torah itself – the work of human hands and minds [Read More…]

LOST: in need of a constant

Tonight’s episode of LOST was wonderful. We learned how Daniel Faraday, in 1996, was working on an experiment that would allow the consciousness of a living thing (in practice, a rat named Eloise) to be “unstuck” in time. He meets Desmond, after his future self tells him to go find him at the Department of [Read More…]

Quote of the Day (Doug Chaplin)

“There is no gospel that does not wear cultural clothes, no simple faith that owes nothing to general education for its expression and understanding. It is a necessary corollary of the Word made flesh, that the message of Jesus wears the clothes of Jerusalem and Athens, Illinois or Cambridge” (Doug Chaplin, “The rhetoric of Athens [Read More…]

Teach Yourself Mandaic

It will not take you very far, and is focused on the modern spoken dialect, it would seem, rather than the classical form of most interest to scholars. Nevertheless, the resources recently made available on a Mandaean site in Australia for learning the Mandaic language are still a welcome addition. Thanks to those who’ve made [Read More…]

What has Athens to do with Jerusalem?

April DeConick proposed having a “blog co-op” on the theme “What has Athens to do with Jerusalem?” Before proceeding to the source of this quotation, good old Tertullian, I do want to share an anecdote. I distinctly remember (although I cannot remember precisely when) suddenly realizing that “Joppa” (which I remembered from the movie Clash [Read More…]

The Hand Of God

Yesterday’s episode of Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, was arguably the most powerful yet, at least as far as the series’ exploration of religion and artificial intelligence is concerned. If anything, the episode could be criticized for overplaying this aspect – often times a subtle approach is best – but in in the end it [Read More…]

Around the Blogosphere

Everyone (well not quite but lots of bloggers) are talking about the recent Pew Forums study on religion. The study itself can be found on the Pew Forums web site.The Quixotic Infidel has a nice chart (and post) about the development of the New Testament canon.The Bad Idea Blog focuses attention on the hypocrisy in [Read More…]

God’s Battered Wife

A student in my class on Paul’s letters had a very thought-provoking reaction to the summary of Israel’s experiences wandering in the wilderness in 1 Corinthians 10:6-12. There a series of actions in violation of the Law are listed, and the punishments that resulted. For this student, the text was a description of how each [Read More…]

A Muslim Who Loves Jesus (Part Of A Continuing Bloggersation)

Doesn’t exclusivism inevitably place the focus for salvation more on assent to doctrine than on either one’s attitude to God or one’s behavior? Thus far I’ve approached the subject from the standpoint of passages in the Bible that seem to me to be relevant. Let me in this post try a different approach. I suspect [Read More…]