“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…]

SOMA: New Online Open Access Theology Journal. Call for Paper on Theology and Globalization

My friend Robert Heaney let me know that a new journal, SOMA: An International Journal of Theological Discourses and Counter-Discourses, of which he is the editor, has issued a call for papers for its inaugural issue: CALL FOR PAPERS ON THE THEME OF: “THEOLOGY & GLOBALIZATION” Articles Soma is now accepting articles on the theme [Read More…]

What Do We Want Copyright To Do?

Cory Doctorow has a fascinating article with this title in The Guardian (HT 3QuarksDaily). Providing both a historical perspective as well as explaining why historic legal agreements on copyright are ignored because they make little or no sense when applied to the present day, the article encourages us to think creatively about copyright. At present, [Read More…]

Preservation of Scholarship in a Digital Age

Thanks to Brad Matthies for pointing out the article “Preservation of Scholarship: The Digital Dilemma” by Lynch and Marcum. [Read more…]

How To Tell If You Have a Blogging Problem

There are a lot of web sites that help you figure out if you have a drinking problem. But there don’t seem to be any that help you figure out if you have a blogging problem. Fortunately, all that is needed is to copy from a site about alcohol addiction, and use find and replace [Read More…]

Responsible Blog Ownership

This post was inspired by something Ken Schenck said to me on the flight back from SBL, which I misheard. It sounded like he mentioned needing to get up at night to let the blog out. Although he in fact said dog, bloggers do sometimes need to get up at night and let the blog [Read More…]

Bob Cargill’s Presentations from the Blogger Session at #SBL10

Bob Cargill has shared both his introductory remarks and his paper, “Instruction, Research, and the Future of Online Educational Technologies”, from the session on blogging and online publication at the 2010 Annual Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature. Thanks to Bob from all of us not only for his own presentation but also for organizing [Read More…]

Three Important Thanksgiving Messages

The first is to wish all readers who celebrate Thanksgiving today a Happy Thanksgiving. The second is to pass on a cartoon from David Hayward and encourage you to remember the martyrs who gave their lives so that you could celebrate this day in the traditional manner. Finally, I join with Jerry Coyne in saying [Read More…]

The Blogging Revolution: New Technologies and their Impact on How we do Scholarship

What follows below is the text of my presentation at the session on blogging and online publication at the Society of Biblical Literature 2010 annual meeting in Atlanta. The Blogging Revolution: New Technologies and their Impact on How we do Scholarship James F. McGrath When I begin with the question “What is a blog?” I am not asking [Read More…]

Bloggership: The #SBL10 Session on Blogging and Online Publication

“Bloggership” is a term for scholarly blogging which I learned at the SBL session on blogging. I will share my own paper from that session here soon (with slides and links!), but in the mean time I wanted to share links to the posts of other bloggers sharing their papers from the session, accounts of [Read More…]