There is a funny parody site about ED Theory – i.e. external delivery. This is a great pre-Christmas present. Enjoy!(ht: Pharyngula) Read more

Sean the Baptist has posted a blog entry on a subject that I’ve long thought about, but never written about (until now). In Matthew’s Gospel (chapter 24), the image of some being ‘taken’ and others being ‘left (behind)’ is used, but in a way that in fact suggests that those who are left are the “saved”, while those taken away are judged, like those taken away by Noah’s flood.Sean shares what a number of key commentators have to say on… Read more

In some recent discussions both on this blog and elsewhere, the question of whether someone like me, who is far from being a fundamentalist, is a ‘Christian’. This leads naturally to the question ‘What is Christianity?’ The problem is that, while fundamentalists make the most noise, and thus can seem to be speaking for Christianity in general, there is plenty of evidence to show that fundamentalism is a reaction to modernity, and not something that existed prior to the modern… Read more

I have to share one more item today, since there may be colleagues of mine here at Butler who will find this interesting (as may others). John Beversluis, Emeritus Professor of Philosophy who retired from teaching at Butler University not long after I started teaching here, wrote a book on C. S. Lewis, from which a short excerpt has been posted on the Debunking Christianity blog as a discussion-starter. I will have to read his book sometime in the not… Read more

Ancient Hebrew Poetry asks whether blogging about the Bible is a waste of time. James Tabor highlights April De Conick’s op-ed piece in the New York Times. So does Josh McManaway, Chuck Blanchard, The Uncredible Hallq, Irenic Thoughts, Paul Edwards, Jim Davila, Claw of the Conciliator and millinerd. April De Conick has herself responded to some of these follow-up pieces. Metacatholic discusses Scripture’s “fuzzy edges”.John Pieret discusses Mary Midgley’s latest piece on creationism and evolution. Pharyngula has been following a… Read more

“When people join a scientific community, they give up certain childish but universal desires: the need to feel that they are right all the time or the belief that they are in possession of the absolute truth. In exchange, they receive membership in an ongoing enterprise that over time will achieve what no individual could ever achieve alone. They also receive expert training in a craft, and in most cases learn much more than they ever could on their own…. Read more

A review of Thomas, the Other Gospel by Nicholas Perrin (Louisville: Westminster John Knox, 2007).The Gospel of Thomas, attributed to “Didymus Judas Thomas”, is the extracanonical Gospel whose contents are taken most seriously in historical Jesus studies, as potentially connecting us in some way with the historical figure of Jesus. Nicholas Perrin’s recent book is an argument that this Gospel in fact is most naturally regarded as a composition produced in late 2nd century Syria.I do not intend to engage… Read more

I’m just sharing there to set them side by side, because the contrast is noteworthy. If the humanities are less ‘scientific’ than the natural sciences, clearly Intelligent Design is not even in the same league with the humanities.On the one hand, there is a beautiful statement that April DeConick made on her blog, about what scholarship in any field should be about: seeking understanding and following the trail of evidence, even if it leads us to unexpected places.On the other… Read more

Reposted from Abnormal Interests without modifications, since the time is short!_____________________________________Please help Tyler with this month’s Biblical Studies Carnival. He is willing to pick up a bouncing ball for us but he also needs our help. You should submit your nominations for the Carnival, including your own posts, at ASAP.Tyler just sent the following urgent email asking for help with this month’s Biblical Studies Carnival,Hi everyone,I just heard today (!) that the individual scheduled to do this month’s Biblical… Read more

There is a game, and now a movie, based on animation that rebels against its maker. No theological analysis for now…just entertainment. Enjoy!(Embedding it didn’t work, so you’ll have to click the link) Read more

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