Visiting Israel

One of the things I’m already looking forward to doing with the professional development funds connected with the endowed chair to which I’ve been appointed is travelling to some places I’ve long meant to visit, in particular places connected with the New Testament. Turkey is already on the radar, but even higher up on the [Read More…]

Someone’s In Trouble

A lot of the same keywords tend to bring visitors to my blog. But I saw one today that I hadn’t seen before: “how to makeup for missed anniversary” Boy, that guy’s in trouble – and I’m pretty sure makeup won’t make up for having missed it… [Read more…]

While We’re On The Subject

Art Boulet has reprinted Peter Enns’ review of Greg Beale’s book on inerrancy. (I also reviewed it here a while back). [Read more…]

Letter from Satan to Pat Robertson

I think this letter (supposed to be from Satan addressed to Pat Robertson; the actual author is Lily Coyle of Minneapolis) is worth sharing: Dear Pat Robertson, I know that you know that all press is good press, so I appreciate the shout-out. And you make God look like a big mean bully who kicks [Read More…]

Dollhouse at the End of the World

It has been clear for the last few episodes why Caroline/Echo was so important, and it is nice to see that her specialness, and the notion that the use to which the technology was being put in the Dollhouse wasn’t the real purpose for which it was being developed, are now being brought to the fore. [Read More…]

A Better Metaphor and Theme Song

Instead of the slippery slope metaphor which is problematic in so many ways (see my previous post), how about instead we talk about our investigation of possibilities, with an openness to being educated and changing our mind, as a “dance on a volcano”? There’s even a perfect theme song: [Read more…]

There Is No Slippery Slope

There is no slippery slope. One of the most common arguments used by “fundamentalists” (or whatever one may wish to call those who claim to accept the Bible as inerrant and that it is all to be accepted and believed) is that rejecting their view of the Bible puts one on a “slippery slope” down [Read More…]

He’s Back!

If you have missed Daniel Kirk’s blog Sibboleth, you’ll rejoice at this good news: he’s returned to blogging! Welcome back to the biblioblogosphere, Daniel! [Read more…]

Jedi Cat

Today in my Religion and Science Fiction class I got students to make tests posts on the course blog. I hope that, in addition to serious substantive posts related to the course and useful links, we’ll also post relevant science fiction humor. I’m going to hold off for a while, since not everyone in the [Read More…]

SBL World of the Bible Survey

Let me join the many other SBL members who have shared this on their blogs. The Society of Biblical Literature would like as many people as possible to complete a very brief survey related to their World of the Bible website project. Here is the information about the project which was sent out: The SBL [Read More…]