Archives for July 2009

ID & Ego

It has been far too long since I’ve posted on the subject of intelligent design, but I was inspired by Eric Reitan’s recent post to comment on the arena into which ID seems to be turning its attention, namely the soul and mind-body dualism. The whole method of intelligent design seems to be reducible to [Read More…]


A very recent visitor was the 400,000th, according to StatCounter. Thanks for visiting! And thank you to the other 399,999 as well! [Read more…]


As the start of a new semester draws near, professors will find this useful to brush up their language skills in undergradese… HT Euangelion [Read more…]

Jesus the Mystic in the Gospel of John

Ben Byerly has posted a lengthy quote from my book The Only True God as well as a series of questions, comments, thoughts and reflections. This was sparked in turn by Michael Whitenton’s post on amateur vs. professional study of the Bible, in which he noted that I had written something in my book that [Read More…]

Continuing Conversation

What are you doing reading this post?! The conversation is currently continuing over at Ecce Homo. Hurry, you don’t want to miss it! [Read more…]

Happy Mandaean New Year!

The Mandaeans’ calendar is fascinating for all sorts of reasons, but its relevance today is relatively simple. It is the Mandaean new year! Happy new year to all Mandaeans around the world! [Read more…]

NBC News Archives On Demand

I just received an e-mail informing me about a new online service from NBC News, making its news archives available. The address is It is a subscription service, but one that it may be worthwhile for educators to persuade their institutions to subscribe to if there are enough relevant archives. One can currently sign [Read More…]


For those who may not have heard of it, I wanted to briefly mention Gallica, a site connected with the Bibliotheque nationale de France. It is a useful site for finding older academic books that have been made available online, on subjects such as the Mandaeans. [Read more…]


I’ve always lived in a world where going to the moon was possible. I wonder if that more than anything else is responsible for various aspects of the generational differences in worldviews one finds in the world today, or whether such generational divides exist even when nothing quite so earth-shattering (er, I mean, sattelite-visiting) separates [Read More…]

Ecce Recensus: The Only True God Persuades A Skeptic

Michael Whitenton has posted a review of my book The Only True God: Early Christian Monotheism in Its Jewish Context on his blog Ecce Homo. Since he has encouraged me to respond and turn his blog review into a bloggersation, I’ll add a few thoughts. First, let me say that I’m very grateful for the [Read More…]