How to Tell Pseudoscience and Pseudoscholarship from the Real Thing

Geology professor Callan Bentley received an e-mail from the Discovery Institute asking for permission to use a photo of his. He refused, explaining why. He has shared the back and forth between himself and them on his blog (HT P. Z. Myers and┬áHemant Mehta). The entire thing is worth reading, but I’ll quote the ending [Read More…]

ARAM 2013 Conference on the Mandaeans: The Program So Far

Below are the papers that have already been placed on the program of the ARAM conference on the Mandaeans, which will be held in Oxford in July, including my own. I expect that there will be still more before the program is finalized. If you do research that is related to the Mandaeans, and have [Read More…]

Rock Mass

I found myself wondering recently whether the necessary components for a mass in rock style are available. Below are songs which have the right titles and are not a world away in their themes. But are there other songs, and ones perhaps more suited for this purpose, than the ones below? I wonder what it [Read More…]

Star Wars Memes about a Pope and a Saint

It shows how hectic things have been lately that I had not mentioned the decision of Pope Benedict here on my blog to resign until now. And even now, all I have to offer are a few tidbits of Star Wars humor related to the subject… And as Joel Watts shows, one doesn't need to [Read More…]

Whovian Valentines

And there are many more around the internet, so keep searching! [Read more…]

Ash Wednesday

Tonight was the first time I’ve experienced Ash Wednesday celebrated at a Baptist church. My own church, Crooked Creek Baptist Church, was the host to an interfaith Ash Wednesday service, a multi-congregation and multi-denomination celebration, featuring our own Rev. Tom Bartley as well as┬áRev. L. Bryant Parker of Witherspoon Presbyterian, Rev. Kevin Bausman of Immanuel [Read More…]

Puritan Valentine’s Day Cards

HT Bob Cargill on Facebook [Read more…]

More Discussion by and about Christian Liberals and Progressives

Several blogs have focused in on the subject of liberal and/or progressive Christianity since I posted on the topic a couple of days ago. Bo Sanders argues that Liberal and Progressive are terms that need to be distinguished, with the latter being more postmodern, among other things. Tony Jones asked whether he fits into Roger [Read More…]

Congratulations to Scot McKnight and Dennis Venema!

Congratulations to Dennis Venema and Scot McKnight for having received an Evolution and Christian Faith grant from BioLogos. Congratulations to the other recipients as well! [Read more…]

SBL Blogger and Online Publication Call for Papers

As I will be taking over as chair of the Blogger and Online Publication Society of Biblical Literature program unit, let me highlight this year’s call for papers. There have been a lot of ways in which blogging has impacted the scholarly realm in recent years, and vice versa. Lots of them deserve to be [Read More…]