Archives for September 2008

Amazon Bestseller!

I must offer thanks to those who decided to pre-order The Only True God. I just looked and it was ranked as a bestseller, coming in at #53 on in the category Books > Religion & Spirituality > Judaism > History of Religion Of course, I initially suspected that perhaps there were only 53 [Read More…]

What We Know

We are part of something greater than ourselves, something that may well be infinite. It gave rise to us – “created” us, if you will, through the unfolding of various processes. We cannot see it from the outside, cannot know if referring to it as “it” fits less well than using a personal pronoun. Does [Read More…]

The Only True God: pre-order discount

You can pre-order The Only True God: Early Christian Monotheism in Its Jewish Context at a significant discount on I’m not sure what kind of offer University of Illinois Press has at SBL, but it is hard to beat 34% off the list price! [Read more…]

Review of Swearengen, Beyond Paradise

Review of Jack Clayton Swearengen, Beyond Paradise: Technology and the Kingdom of God (Eugene, Oregon: Wipf & Stock, 2007). Review published in Teaching Theology and Religion 11:4 (2008) p.236. Jack Clayton Swearengen’s book Beyond Paradise: Technology and the Kingdom of God is intended as a primer on the ethics of technology and engineering from a [Read More…]

North American Undergraduate Conference in Religion and Philosophy

Call For Papers: The North American Undergraduate Conference in Religion and PhilosophyDate: Friday-Saturday, March 27-28, 2009Location: St. Francis University, Loretto, PATheme: “The Common Good”Deadline: 150 word abstract, February 13, 2009; complete submission, March 13, 2009Website: CALL FOR PAPERSWe cordially invite undergraduates to submit proposals on matters pertaining to philosophy and religion for the third [Read More…]

An Irish Priest, an English Rabbi, a Welsh Imam and a Panda walk into a bar…

In a book chapter on oral tradition, I want to make reference in a section heading to some stereotypical set-up for a joke, where certain individuals who make regular appearances at this point in jokes walk into a bar. Who should I use in this illustration? If this were merely for a British audience, then [Read More…]

The Blue Parakeet

Scot McKnight’s forthcoming book The Blue Parakeet: Rethinking How You Read the Bible (Zondervan, 2008) is spiritual dynamite. In the book, Scot treats the Bible with a combination of honesty and devotion that is remarkably powerful, and while some may find his approach troubling because it challenges their cherished assumptions, I anticipate and hope that [Read More…]

30 Pieces of Silver

Historians do not know whether Judas really betrayed Jesus for 30 pieces of silver. On the one hand, betrayal by a trusted disciple is unlikely to have been invented, any more than denial by a disciple who became a prominent figure in the later church. But the sum of money may be derived from Scripture [Read More…]

Judas and the Field of Blood

There is great difficulty fitting together the information in Matthew and Acts about Judas’ death and his connection with a field known as “The Field of Blood”. One has him buy the field, while the other has the authorities do so with his money. One has Judas fall headlong and burst open, the other has [Read More…]

Jesus and the Resurrection around the Blogosphere

Crypto-Theology asks whom Paul was referring to in 1 Corinthians 15, when he said some deny the resurrection of the dead. N. T. Wrong continues surveying the topic of visions of the resurrection. Phil Harland offers Jesus’ baptism by John as an event with a high probability of being historical. All those posts should be [Read More…]