Legal Sea Foods

My favorite moment in the two-hour premier of Heroes was when Peter, faster than ever, had run to Boston to get clam chowder from Legal Sea Foods in Boston. Being originally from the East Coast, I miss clam chowder and many other seafood items. And when I was at SBL in Boston last year, I [Read More…]

Did Matthew Know Luke? A Neglected Angle on the Synoptic Problem

I was going to call this something like “Taking another Luke at the Synoptic Problem”, but I thought I might have reached my pun quota already. But I’ve often wondered why the possibility that Matthew might have used Luke’s Gospel as a source is rarely even mentioned in books on and discussions of the Synoptic [Read More…]

Remembering the Death Star Tragedy

I saw this on Scotteriology. He saw in it a useful example of an aspect of hermeneutics. I just thought it is amusing… [Read more…]

LOST: Flash Sideways

LOST has one season left, and clues, set photos and interviews with the producers all point to the next season featuring characters we’ve come to know and love living in an alternate timeline, one in which the plane never crashed on the island. A major question which is as yet unanswered is whether that means [Read More…]

Willie Dye

A young-earth creationist speaker is coming to Butler’s campus this Wednesday. His name is Willie Dye. I hope that students will take the time not merely to glance at his web site but to take a close look at his CV. He lists multiple PhDs, all from unaccredited institutions. Getting your information from someone who [Read More…]

Deism: Alive and Well?

There’s an interesting article in USA Today about those who usually put down “none” when asked about their religion. Apparently most aren’t atheists, nor are they New Agers. According to the article, the majority are more akin to Deistic rationalists in the heritage of Thomas Jefferson or Thomas Paine. They are mostly people who would [Read More…]

Mosaic Authorship of the Pentateuch

Thanks to the ambiguities and double entendres of the English language, I just realized that I can affirm my adherence to “Mosaic Authorship of the Pentateuch”. I do indeed believe that the Pentateuch in its present form is best characterized as a mosaic, created from the work of multiple authors… Just to be clear, I [Read More…]

A Romanian Explains Democracy and Religious Liberty to American Creationists

I just have to share this video (HT Pharyngula). For those with no tolerance for even the slightest vulgarity, I warn you that it includes the expression “BS” spelled out as a phrase (in this context not “Biblical studies”). But the maker of the video, a Romanian named Cristina, seems to understand how democracy and [Read More…]

Sci-Fi Reminder

Those who have been awaiting the return of their favorite science fiction shows, and have thus not been watching much TV, may need reminders that Heroes returns on NBC tonight at 8pm, and Dollhouse returns on Fox this Friday at 9pm. [Read more…]

Prologue as Legitimation

Butler’s Digital Commons site has added a few more of my older publications, including a piece I published in Irish Biblical Studies while still a graduate student. It is entitled “Prologue as Legitimation” and pays particular attention to the significance of relating the parallel sections of the prologue when it is viewed as having a [Read More…]