The Odious Penal Substitutionary Theory of Atonement

PZ Myers posted an entry on his blog with the title “Odious Christianity.” He is commenting on a tract that came his way which includes the following cartoon: After sharing it, he writes: Whoa, hang on there. How is justice served by punishing an innocent? So, with this judge, if I get a parking ticket [Read More…]

Lecture on the Interrelationships Between the Gospels

Here’s a recording of a class I taught, recapping the Synoptic problem and then looking at the distinctive features of the Gospel of John: [Read more…]

From the Dust

I had the movie From the Dust drawn to my attention yesterday. It focuses on the creation-evolution controversy, but with attention primarily focused on how the various viewpoints of our time are reading and interpreting the Bible. The web site for the movie has some bonus clips, including this one with several New Testament scholars talking [Read More…]

Cymothoa Exigua and Creationism

The Evolution Facebook page shared the interesting example of parasite behavior I am quoting in full below. The photo may give you nightmares. The question I want to ask is what young-earth creationists and others who reject evolution say about such organisms. Do they envisage God creating these parasites specifically to do the things that [Read More…]

Giveaway Winners

OK, it is Monday, and so it is time to pick and announce the two winners of copies of The Christian World of The Hobbit by Devin Brown, courtesy of Patheos. Using a random number generator, I’ve determined that the winners are…[drumroll]: comments #5 and #22! Which means that the winners are [drumroll continues]:  Dan Wilkinson and [Read More…]

KJV-Onlyism

Libby Anne has posted an entry on her blog about that movement which claims that the King James Version of the Bible is the best, the only true Word of God. Since she gave me a mention in her post, I thought I should give her a shout out here – and also share a [Read More…]

Blogging One’s Conference Paper

The night before last, I put the finishing touches on the first completed draft of my conference paper for the upcoming Society of Biblical Literature conference in Chicago. It will still need to be worked on – most likely to trim it to the appropriate length. I anticipate posting the complete paper on the blog [Read More…]

Giveaway Reminder: The Christian World of the Hobbit

This is a reminder that tonight is the deadline to enter to get one of two free copies of The Christian World of the Hobbit by Devin Brown, courtesy of Patheos. Click through to read the detail on how to enter. It’s incredibly easy! Don’t leave entry comments on this post – click through to enter [Read More…]

The Serenity Prayer, Revised

From Somewhat Real. HT Fred Clark   [Read more…]

Ancient Hebrew Cosmology

Nick Norelli shared the image below depicting ancient Hebrew cosmology, i.e. the cosmological assumptions of the authors of the Jewish Scriptures/Christian Old Testament. (It is from the new Logos 5 software which I am looking forward to testing out and blogging about soon.) Nick asks whether those who reconstruct this view of the cosmos based [Read More…]


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