Substance and Advertising: Southern Baptists as “Great Commission Baptists”

Various news outlets are reporting that the Southern Baptist Convention stopped short of voting for a name change, and has instead added an additional name to their denomination: “Great Commission Baptists.” The article in the Washington Post says Convention President Bryant Wright and other church leaders are concerned that the Southern Baptist name is too [Read More…]

The God Particle Found!

Today’s Dilbert is subtle. It serves as a nice illustration of the confusion created when physicists talk about the “God particle” – they are not using God in the sense of a personal deity liable to add hassles to one’s life by issuing awkward commandments… [Read more…]

Doctor Who: The Two Doctors

Having had “The Three Doctors” and “The Five Doctors,” the next offering of a story in which the Doctor meets himself in a previous regeneration is “The Two Doctors.” Patrick Troughton is the only Doctor who appeared in all of them, and to good effect, since he is certainly one of the most entertaining of [Read More…]

Yahia Yuhana: How Do You Translate a Name and its Translation?

The characteristic introduction in the sections of the Mandaean Book of John focused on John the Baptist (pictured above from Lidzbarski’s edition) reads “Yahia teaches in the nights, Yuhana in the evenings of the nights…” In the translation above, I’ve merely transliterated the names used. But what we have in the text is synonymous parallelism, [Read More…]

Review of Earl Doherty’s Jesus: Neither God Nor Man chapter 10 part two

I’ve finally found some time to post my second blog entry about chapter 10 of Earl Doherty’s book Jesus: Neither God Nor Man – The Case for a Mythical Jesus. Here’s a link to my first post about this chapter. Ironically, even though I have written far more already on the first 1/6 of the [Read More…]

Doctor Who: Mark of the Rani

“The Mark of the Rani” was the first episode in which the Sixth Doctor traveled back into a famous period in Earth’s past – in this case, the time of the Luddite movement and its opposition to technology that threatened to eliminate human jobs. This setting provides the symbolic background for discussions between three timelords [Read More…]

Earliest Manuscript of Mark’s Gospel Found…on Facebook?!

A Facebook friend asked me about this image earlier today, and when I asked about its source, I received no reply. Someone else, however, mentioned that the infamous D. M. Murdock as having already been discussing it online, making me even more suspicious. But a couple of bibliobloggers have posted the picture, and so I [Read More…]

Doctor Who: Vengeance on Varos

We all have some parts of our mind that we consider unworthy, some memory that makes us shudder and squirm. The above quote from the character Quillam in the Doctor Who episode “Vengeance on Varos” captures one aspect of the Sixth Doctor admirably – some of the harshest characteristics of the Doctor, from his arrogance [Read More…]

The Burial of Jesus – Even Cheaper in the UK?

If you’re in the UK, you can get The Burial of Jesus from Amazon.co.uk – no need to go to the American store. And if my calculation is correct, it is slightly cheaper via Amazon in the UK for some reason! The book has now reached the Top 10 in the Kindle bestsellers in the [Read More…]

Academic Librarians: What They Really Do

Created by my good friend Bob Patterson [Read more…]