Intelligent Design, Academic Freedom and Peer Review

I just discovered Opposing Viewpoints (HT The Panda’s Thumb), and decided to chime in on the discussion of Intelligent Design over there. Here’s what I wrote in a sub-forum on academic freedom and ID: Perhaps what is needed is to distinguish between academic freedom and peer review. Many regulations about academic freedom are broad, and [Read More…]

Jesus Probably Rose From The Dead: On Historical Study and Christian Apologetics

In thinking about the issues of history and faith, I’ve come to the conclusion that a key challenge facing Christianity in our time can be outlined as follows: First, Christianity as historically understood has a close connection with historical events. Second, historical study provides the only tools available by which to answer questions such as [Read More…]

On The Shoulders of Giants

I think it is important to think and reflect a little further, to dig a little deeper, in relation to the subject of my recent post about Abraham and child sacrifice. Clearly I am willing to be critical of the story, to disagree. But I also am profoundly aware that my perspective on child sacrifice [Read More…]

Anointed for Burial?

Here’s my first attempt at video recording myself and posting it on YouTube. I talk for about 5 minutes about a topic touched on in my book, namely the difference between Mark and John about whether or not Jesus was anointed when he was buried. I’d gratefully welcome any feedback on how I might do [Read More…]

Bibliobloggers in Boston?

Are there plans to have some sort of bibliobloggers’ get-together in Boston at SBL this year? If not, there should be! [Read more…]

International “Use Your Turn Signal” Signal

There is a need for a way for drivers to draw attention to those who, through their failure to use their turn signal when driving, make the road a more dangerous and more stressful place. The current signal (a glaring angry look) appears not to serve as an effective means of communicating the point clearly, [Read More…]

Craig and Crossley on the Resurrection

Over on The Burial of Jesus blog, I’ve shared the debate between William Lane Craig and James Crossley about the resurrection of Jesus, which apparently took place back in 2007. A major reason for writing my book on the burial of Jesus is the relevance of that subject to how we view the traditions about [Read More…]

Standing in Abraham’s Shoes

N. T. Wrong shared this cartoon from YouTube about someone finding himself in the same situation as Abraham in the story in Genesis. What do you think of the advice his co-worker gives him? I also liked this cartoon that was shared at The Rev’s Rumbles. I’m not sure why exactly… [Read more…]

1 Corinthians 13 paraphrased for academics

If I speak in the languages of peoples living and dead, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have a PhD and can fathom all sorts of mysteries and significant amounts of knowledge, and if I have the common sense to know that “faith that can [Read More…]

King of the Nasoraeans

The Mandaean text Dmuth Kushta (“Image of Truth”) has only been published in booklet form by Majid Fandi al-Mubaraki in 2002, and isn’t even in the Drower collection. In it, there is a reference to a “king of the Nasoraeans”. This could be an important historical clue, perhaps comparable in value to the reference to [Read More…]