Archives for November 2010

Michael Behe Publishes (and other Irreducibly Complex News)

That someone engaged in scientific research publishes a scientific article is par for the course, not news. That Michael Behe’s publication of an article in a respected science journal (The Quarterly Review of Biology) is an occasion for surprise and considered noteworthy is itself noteworthy. If one searches for publications by Behe in an academic [Read More…]

Responding to Sarah Palin

The Chronicle for Higher Education features an article which quotes Sarah Palin’s book America by Heart : Reflections on Family, Faith, and Flag as saying Most of those who write for the mainstream media and teach at universities and law schools don’t share the religious faith of their fellow Americans. They seem to regard people who [Read More…]

Continuing Conversation with Larry Hurtado

I am grateful to Larry Hurtado for having taken the time to reply once again and continue the conversation. I am very appreciative of the way Hurtado has nuanced his position, and agree with his stance to a large extent. I believe that his latest blog post in our conversation helps clarify both the extent [Read More…]

Read the Blogs, Hear the Bloggers: Pocasts from #SBL10

Chris Brady has been sharing podcasts from the session on Blogging and Online Publication at the Society of Biblical Literature conference. The most recent to be shared is of my own presentation, “The Blogging Revolution: New Technologies and their Impact on how we do Scholarship” (the text of the presentation can be found here). Thanks, [Read More…]

Peer-Reviewed Christianity

While I’m reasonably content to wear the label “Liberal Christian” (even though adjectives like ‘Romantic’ and ‘Bultmannian’ are probably more accurate in indicating my views), I’m aware that many are uncomfortable with the term Liberal, as at once unhelpfully vague and as having negative connotations in certain circles. Perhaps instead we could talk about peer-reviewed [Read More…]

A Projector Story from #SBL10

Bob Cargill’s rendition of an official SBL projector There was a lot of discussion prior to the Society of Biblical Literature annual meeting about the fact that using a projector for PowerPoint would cost $25 if you requested it at the time you submitted your proposal, and $75 if you requested it later. Since I [Read More…]

The Full #SBL10 Blogger Session and More

Since Scott Bailey posted the full round-up of papers from the Blogger and Online Publication Session at the 2010 Society of Biblical Literature annual meeting in Atlanta, what’s left to hope for? As readers of Chris Brady’s blog already know, the answer is…podcasts! Chris shared a recording of Jim Davila’s presentation, and promises more to [Read More…]

Do You Know It’s A Myth?

An atheist billboard in New Jersey about Christmas got mentioned in the iReport section on CNN. It seemed worth blogging about, for several reasons. But before that, here’s the billboard in question: Here’s my first thought about the billboard and reactions to it: People have a right to feel offended at the billboard, and those [Read More…]

Ursula Goodenough on Revelation with Errata Sheets

I’m grateful to Joseph Kelly (whom I had the pleasure of meeting in person at SBL this year) for letting me know about the NPR science blog. Poking around I found a recent article by Ursula Goodenough which discusses knowledge, revelation, religion and science. Here’s a sample: I would say that scientific understandings represent revelations [Read More…]

“Biology Simply Means Evolution”

Via the NCSE, I learned of an op-ed piece entitled “The Devolution of Evolution” in The Scientist which reiterates the fundamental importance of evolution as the unifying theory that allows us to make sense of diverse fields such as genetics, embryology, and paleontology, and to understand their relationship to one another. The author of the article, [Read More…]