Dilshad Ali is the new editor of Patheos’ Muslim “portal” (seeing a journalist getting hired is a welcome change of pace). And Patton Dodd, whose name you may recognize from Killing the Buddha, has joined the Patheos team as well. Max Lindeman arrives with his Diary of a Wimpy Catholic and New Testament scholar James F. McGrath arrives with Exploring Our Matrix — a couple of blogs that are new to me and I’m just beginning to explore.
Baylor theologian Roger E. Olson is someone I’ve linked to in the past and I’m happy to see his self-titled blog here at Patheos. His most recent two posts are characteristically sharp: “Biblical injunctions regarding aliens in our midst” (which is exactly what it sounds like) and “Why I do not care to engage neo-fundamentalists in dialogue” (it seems he’s learned not to trust them — heresy hunters tend to find heresy wherever they look).
And I’m particularly pleased to see that Tony Jones’ Theoblogy is now under the roof of Patheos’ sprawling house of many mansions. For a good introduction if you’re not familiar with Jones’ blog, check out “I Don’t Believe in Demons.” What I especially like about his writing and his way of looking at the world might be summed up from the end of that post:
I’m going to be getting together with Greg Boyd later this winter. He’s the smartest person I know who believes in demons and spiritual warfare and the like.
That’s a vital and invaluable practice. Find the smartest person you can who disagrees with you and engage with the best presentation of their ideas that you can.
Anyway, that’s a whole bunch of new neighbors to welcome to the block and, sadly, it’s way too hot and humid here in the Brandywine Valley to bake. So instead of offering a neighborly pie, how about a nice fresh fruit tart?
(Recipe here — there is a little bit of baking)