Learn Aramaic Online

It is aimed at speakers of German, but I imagine that even if you don’t know German yet (and if not, why not?!), this site focused on teaching the modern spoken Aramaic/Syriac of Eastern Christian communities will still be of interest and useful to you. http://userblogs.fu-berlin.de/aramaic-ol/ I’ve added it to the list of Useful Sites that [Read More…]

Guns and Liberty

A Christian university offers a “free course” so its students can get a license to carry a concealed firearm? Why are guns so important to the folks at Liberty that they offer a course on concealed carry free of charge? If a Christian college offers free courses on carrying guns, but charges money for courses [Read More…]

Using Jesus

Newsweek, mythicism, Jesus, the Bible, and web traffic, all in one Coffee With Jesus cartoon, courtesy of Radio Free Babylon.   [Read more…]

Free Excerpt from Time and Relative Dimensions in Faith

Darton, Longman and Todd has made a free sample of the forthcoming book Time and Relative Dimensions in Faith: Religion and Doctor Who available on Scribd. The book can be pre-ordered on Amazon.com. TIME AND RELATIVE DIMENSIONS IN FAITH: Religion and Doctor Who by davidm1618 [Read more…]

The “Bible Scholar” App

I have mentioned before the need for an app that makes Biblical scholarship available to the general public for free. A recently-publicized app called “The Bible Scholar” illustrates why it is needed, rather than actually providing what is needed. The app is the King James Version of the Bible, Matthew Henry's commentary, and many other [Read More…]

Limits to Religious Freedom

Since Tuesday is Constitution Day, and I will be gathering students from my course on “Religion and Freedom of Expression” soon for the first time to talk about Randall Bezanson’s book How Free Can Religion Be?, I thought I would see if there is interest in discussing the topic on this blog. As a starting [Read More…]

Free Will

I guess I just wasn’t predestined to be a Calvinist. It isn’t that I didn’t try. In my teens, I encountered some very staunch Calvinists who persuaded me that God didn’t simply foreknow everything, but foreordained it. Nothing was outside of God’s sovereignty, nor could anything thwart the divine will. But however much I thought [Read More…]

Logan Airport

I love it when airports genuinely seem to understand that people find themselves there for long periods of time, and that something like free wi-fi can turn the wait from a hassle into time that is actually productive. For instance, one can post an update like this on their blog. Of course, Indianapolis International Airport [Read More…]

Eugenie C. Scott – Evolution vs. Creationism

In honor of Eugenie C. Scott’s announced retirement from her role as executive director of the National Center for Science Education, the NCSE has made chapter two of the second edition of her book Evolution vs. Creationism: An Introduction available for free as a pdf on their website. You can buy the entire book from [Read More…]

SBL Seminar Papers Online

Ancient World Online noted recently that a number of SBL Seminar Papers going back more than a decade have been made available online in pdf form. Mike Heiser mentioned this as well, sharing a list of some that he downloaded, and another rounding up papers on 1 Enoch. [Read more…]


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