Unity and Diversity in Early and Later Christianity

Michael Bird (also mentioned by Ari) discusses the book The Heresy of Orthodoxy: How Contemporary Culture’s Fascination with Diversity Has Reshaped Our Understanding of Early Christianity by Andreas J. Kostenberger and Michael Kruger. D. A. Carson’s endorsement of the volume is charming and worth quoting: “In the beginning was Diversity. And the Diversity was with [Read More…]

Everyone Is An Expert On The Bible

Steve Wiggins posted an entry on his blog entitled “Pulp Bible” which looks at the fact that so many people think themselves experts on the Bible, without ever having done more than read parts of it (and in some cases perhaps not even that). The post also contains a useful reflection on Ezekiel 25:17 as [Read More…]

LOST Techniques of Biblical Criticism

The blog Undeception has posted response to my recent blog post about LOST, the Bible and harmonization. The title is “LOST techniques of Biblical criticism.“ [Read more…]

Doctor Who: Amy Chooses Religion Dispatches

that Religion Dispatches has posted the latest in the Doctor Who Media Club series, with contributions by myself, Gabriel McKee and Henry Jenkins.Gabriel McKee mentioned on his own blog Also on Gabriel’s blog is a discussion of the novel The Light of Other Days by Arthur C. Clarke and Stephen Baxter. The novel (which I [Read More…]

SBL 2010 Annual Meeting Program Online

Thanks to John Anderson for pointing out that the SBL annual meeting program has now been made available online. The two papers I’ll be reading are: The Blogging Revolution: New Technologies and their Impact on How we do Scholarship Not that long ago, in an academic galaxy not that far away, scholars steeped in traditional models, [Read More…]

Harmonization, LOST and the Bible: It’s Time To Let Go

This is from the latest New Yorker: Although I think LOST did an amazing job considering the complexity of what its writers and producers tried to accomplish, perhaps, as they themselves advised us, it is time to let go. I’m going to post what I think is an “unsolvable LOST problem” for fans to try [Read More…]

Return of the Pewee

One of my favorite birds is back in our vicinity: the Eastern Wood-Pewee. I’ve seen them from time to time, but hear them far more often. Its distinctive song (from which its name derives) is entertaining. If you’ve never heard it (or aren’t sure if you have), have a listen! [Read more…]

Coining New Words

A friend forwarded me a list some creative new words created by modifying existing words and coming up with a new definition. Some of my favorites included: Sarchasm: The gulf between the author of sarcastic wit and the person who doesn’t get it. Inoculatte: To take coffee intravenously when you are running late. Beelzebug (n.): [Read More…]

The Vulcan Way

IO9 has a religion and science fiction piece worth sharing, on living like a Vulcan. Actually, you could have many of the debates people sometimes do about real-life traditions, now that I think about it. Is being Vulcan a matter of religion or ethnicity? Is it a religion, or a philosophy? The painting seemed reminiscent of paintings [Read More…]

Five Hebrew Love Songs

I don’t need any excuse to share Eric Whitacre’s music, but when he sets Hebrew lyrics to music, it seems especially appropriate to mention here. Here is a version of his Five Hebrew Love Songs for solo vocalist with violin and piano: And here is the more familiar choral arrangement: You can also find the [Read More…]