From The Archives

The next several posts (the titles of which will be prefaced with “From The Archives”) will be posts made quite some time ago on this blog. I know there are a lot of new readers since this blog first started, and even since it moved to Blogger a couple of years ago. And so I [Read More…]

Science Fiction and Philosophy: A Review

Science Fiction and Philosophy: From Time Travel to Superintelligence, edited by Susan Schneider (Malden: Wiley-Blackwell, 2009), is a fantastic book that does not simply relate science fiction and philosophy to one another, but in fact shows that the two are significantly overlapping domains. Philosophy thrives on thought experiments, and has done since antiquity, as the [Read More…]

First Impressions of The Only True God

Mike Whitenton has received a copy of The Only True God and promises a review will follow soon. Another blogger also offers some thoughts and impressions. On related notes, Chris Brady posted on the question of a Targumic background to John’s Logos concept, while Joseph Hoffmann has a post on the Godhead brought to you [Read More…]

John On The Sudarion

I received an e-mail this past week about another subject, this time the reference in John 20:6-7 mentioning the cloth that had been on Jesus’ face. I suspect that one reason (perhaps the main or only reason) for the Gospel mentioning the detail is because it could be argued that, if someone had moved the [Read More…]

Evolution in a Christian Context

I had someone e-mail me recently with a question about whether Romans 14, with its teaching about the “strong” and the “weak”, provides good guidance for Christian who have come to realize that there are good reasons to accept biological evolution, and are now wondering whether to keep this to themselves or speak out about [Read More…]

Failing the Fundamentalist Final

For some reason yesterday I found myself imagining fundamentalists overseeing the final judgment, giving a “final exam” to make sure that only the truly saved get into heaven. It would have two questions: 1) Give your testimony of how you asked Jesus into your heart to become your personal Lord and Savior. 2) Construct a [Read More…]

My Five Books Meme

Jared Calaway has inflicted/blessed me with a meme that has been making the rounds in recent days. It was started by Ken Brown, and I thought I’d share what he wrote when he did so (since it includes both the rationale and the rules): As I’ve been preparing to apply for PhD programs, I’ve been [Read More…]

Inigo Montoya Addresses Fundamentalists

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Christian Nation Irony

It seems unlikely that at any point in the past the vast majority of inhabitants of the United States were devout Christians with a personal faith, as opposed to nominal Christians for whom their Christianity consisted largely of a “tribal identity” including churchgoing and assenting to some doctrinal beliefs and moral precepts. Does it not [Read More…]

Lull: A Good Time To Subscribe

I won’t predict a hiatus, but there is going to be, at the very least, a lull in my blogging in the near future. I have a conference in July in Oxford on the Mandaeans, and some preparations for that and other writing projects that I hope to work on before then. I may try [Read More…]