By Neil Godfrey We must remember an old adage: no one joins a “dangerous cult” or a “terrorist cell.” Converts invariably see the act of joining in positive terms, as beneficial for both themselves, their society, and the cosmos (literally), and the process is far more gradual than it appears. — (Dawson 2010, …read more
Monthly Archives: January 2016
By Neil Godfrey Dr. Hector Avalos has posted at Debunking Christianity his thoughts on the documentary film, Patterns of Evidence: Exodus produced by Timothy Mahoney, and reasons to discount the historicity of the Exodus. Film trailer. I posted various views of the origins of the Exodus story in a number of posts now. …read more
By Roger Pearse A call for papers has reached me for a conference in Leuven on Chrysostom and Severian of Gabala, talking about their exegetical strategies. Lots of good speakers are planned, and I suspect most of it will be in English. One of the main items will be Severian’s commentary on …read more
By Phillip J. Long The book of Hebrews emphasizes the priesthood of Jesus more than any other book in the New Testament. In fact, much of the argument of Hebrews 5-10 is based on Jesus as the High Priest. Two words of caution before discussing Jesus as a High Priest.
First, the “high priesthood of …read more
By Scot McKnight By John Frye I like it when Mark, the gospel writer, plays with words. We find an example in today’s pericope regarding the demonized daughter of the Greek, Syrophoenician woman (Mark 7:23-30). Let’s note the context. Jesus had unflinchingly redefined what creates clean and unclean (Mark 7:1-23). With great courage, …read more
Legends of St Nicholas of Myra: the miracle of the tax (Praxis de tributo, recension 1) now online in English
By Roger Pearse Considering how important Santa Claus is to our culture, it has always seemed remarkable to me that the medieval sources for whatever stories we tell about him – or rather St Nicholas of Myra, his prototype – remained untranslated. I’ve had a few translations made, and here is another. …read more
By Holly Marr There are only two days left to build up your biblical studies collection and take advantage of exclusive savings. Through February 1, we’ve got excellent deals on over 200 volumes from some of our most popular Biblical studies collections.
Select volumes from the New American Commentary series are going for just …read more
By Scott Fritzsche For the past month, I have done something different to conduct a nonscientific and informal study…I have actually paid attention to the common insults doled out to me during conversations about a variety of topics. The insults I will address here have come when I have simply articulated the position …read more
By Phillip J. Long Like human priests, Christ was divinely appointed to his office (5:5-6). The writer will deal with his points in reverse order, dealing first with the appointment of Jesus to the office of High Priest. The writer cites two Psalms which he already used in the first chapter. The first …read more
By Scot McKnight Christian formation has developed from the early days when it was a kind of bricolage of various Roman Catholic, Eastern Orthodox and Protestant spiritual practices into a far more developed theory of practices, but what has changed most is that the experience of spiritual formation directors with “students” has formed …read more
By Scot McKnight Gillian Woods: (At the link Woods pursues her question through his plays.) What was Shakespeare’s religion? It’s possible to answer this seemingly simple question in lots of different ways. Like other English subjects who lived through the ongoing Reformation, Shakespeare was legally obliged to attend Church of England services. Officially, …read more
By Nijay Gupta
Matt Bates and Matt Lynch run a podcast series called OnScript. They recently had Josh Jipp appear for an interview about Jipp’s new book, Christ is King: Paul’s Royal Ideology (Fortress, 2015). I have heard a lot of good conversation around this book.
Check out the podcast here. …read more
By James F. McGrath If you haven’t heard yet, a statement has been issued by a group of hundreds of Muslim scholars, called the Marrakesh Declaration, on the subject of religious minorities in predominantly Muslim countries. After an extensive preamble explaining the context and background, the group does the following:Call upon Muslim scholars and …read more
By Scot McKnight NORTHERN SEMINARY NAMES NEW PRESIDENT January 29, 2016 – Lombard, Illinois – Northern Seminary’s Board of Trustees is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. William D. Shiell as the eleventh president of Northern Seminary. Board Chair James Stellwagen states, “I am very excited to welcome Dr. Bill Shiell to …read more
By Jake Mailhot The praise for Dr. Michael Heiser’s The Unseen Realm has been unending since its release last year. Readers have given it 4.8 out of 5 stars on Amazon and one reviewer called it “the most thought provoking, thrilling, insightful book I have read all year.” Just perusing the reviews makes …read more
By Roger Pearse The technical works of antiquity are not well known, not least because modern technical knowledge is often necessary to understand them. For instance a reading of an alchemical work may well baffle anyone without a Chemistry degree! So … they go untranslated and unread.
Four years ago I listed …read more
By Roger Pearse Last summer I wrote to the Arts Council, enquiring whether they would sponsor a translation of a couple of long works by Methodius of Olympus from Old Slavonic. I usually pay for translations myself, but in this case the cost was beyond what I can reasonably afford myself. I …read more
By Scot McKnight A bright morning with Bright Farms, by Whitney Pipkin: An unseasonably warm sun beamed heat into the refurbished greenhouse more than an hour outside Washington, making it feel like a place where tomatoes might not mind growing, even in mid-December. The plants already reached waist high, rooted in plastic-sheathed blocks …read more
By Tyler Smith Like all freshman at my little Bible college, I took a course called Philosophy and Christian Worldview. I learned a lot from the professor, but most of what I gleaned came from watching the flickering images of a goateed man wearing knickers, projected onto a ripped screen in the college …read more
By James F. McGrath Creationists can find 3,000 academics who will sign a statement against evolution. That’s not 3,000 academics in relevant fields, just 3,000 academics, including retired ones. I’ve yet to see mythicism show any sign of even coming close to that. And yet supposedly we are to believe that creationism’s 3,000 are …read more
By Phillip J. Long Hebrews 8-9 are theologically more controversial than the rest of Hebrews because it appears the writer of Hebrews says the Jewish people have been replaced by the Church. The New Covenant has replaced the Old just as Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross is superior to the old sacrifice in the …read more
By Roger Pearse The Bibliotheca Hagiographica Graeca (3rd ed) gives a list of hagiographical texts about St Nicholas of Myra, the origin of our Santa Claus.
As I am commissioning translations, I thought that I would run through this, in an abbreviated way, and see just what there is listed. Nothing like typing …read more
By James F. McGrath It stumbles on its wording a little. But I still think the new version is intelligible, and makes a nice point through humor. When someone puts down their phone and gives you their full attention nowadays, it is an expression of their utmost respect.We could also add a version of …read more
By Neil Godfrey Updated 5 hours after original posting. New section beginning with Monthly Religious Festivals added. Previous in this series: Plato’s and the Bible’s Ideal Laws: Similarities 1:631-637 (2015-06-22) Plato’s and Bible’s Laws: Similarities, completing Book 1 of Laws (2015-06-23) Plato’s Laws, Book 2, and Biblical Values (2015-07-13) Plato …read more
By James F. McGrath There is a very interesting set of upcoming events for those living in the Indianapolis area, focusing on the music of Arvo Pärt. On February 4th at 7pm, at St. George’s Orthodox Church in Fishers, Indiana, there will be performances of Pärt’s music, one choreographed with a dance performance by …read more
By Neil Godfrey It’s been a long time since I’ve addressed any of James McGrath’s regular little swipes at mythicism but it’s a dreary rainy Sunday morning and I’m in a mood for nostalgia. The following has just popped up on my rss feed: The Real Difference Between Creationism and Mythicism. The point …read more
By James F. McGrath Jesus says, “The apostles were stupid and lazy men, who wrote whatever they wished with a great deal of paper and ink.” The quotation comes from the work known as Dialogue of the Paralytic with Christ, which you can read on Tony Burke’s blog. I’ve been meaning to share the …read more
By James F. McGrath Tim Bulkeley has posted the latest Biblical studies carnival, including round ups of a number of series that have been unfolding over the past month, as well as other topics, such as the SBL decision to paywall Review of Biblical Literature. I had already agreed to write one more review …read more
By James F. McGrath It never ceases to amaze me, when I talk to Jesus mythicists online, how eagerly they embrace and defend Christian orthodoxy. They do not accept that Christian orthodoxy is true, of course. But they accept that it gets the facts right – an odd stance for such so-called skeptics to …read more
By Tony The latest volume of the journal Apocrypha, published under the auspices of l’AELAC, is scheduled to be published in March. The contents are provided on the Brepols site (HERE), and excerpted below:
Charles D. Wright, “6 Ezra and The Apocalypse of Thomas with a previously unedited ‘interpolated’ text of Thomas”
Rossana Guglielmetti, …read more
By TorreyS There are some websites that are more interesting than others, some blogs that are more rewarding to visit than others, and some sites that are just impressive. I follow several via Feedly; highly recommended. Today I just wanted to pay my respect and gratefulness to the site, established and upheld …read more
By Steve Wells From the Introduction my latest book (which I hope will be published soon) called “Every Jot and Tittle.”
Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law. Matthew 5:18
If Jesus really said these words, he wasn’t much of a prophet. Because nearly …read more
By Stephen Bedard Write an EBook
I believe that people involved in apologetics have something good to say. They have studied the material, interacted with people and have presented good arguments. We have talked about sharing that material in blog and podcast form but there are other options as well.
Many people dream of being …read more
By Marg I love reading about the faith champions of the past. This article looks at Selina Hastings, the Countess of Huntingdon, who was a tireless and influential Christian leader in Britain in the 1700s. Continue reading»
The post The Countess of Huntingdon and Gospel Ministry appeared first on New Life. …read more
By Ken Schenck 1. Ye ol’ Monday reading group is going through The Righteous Mind, by Jonathan Haidt this semester. David Vardaman suggested it and finds it worth a second read. Monday we chatted about chapter 1 (David was sick, Dave Ward was on assignment, Keith Drury is in Florida. So it was …read more
By Stephen Bedard Integrate Prayer
What are the activities required of apologists? Reading. Researching. Speaking. Writing. Praying.
One of the most important aspects of apologetics is prayer. This may not always be highlighted and yet it is vital. Apologetics is not just a matter of presenting evidence and seeing results. There is a spiritual part …read more
By Ken Schenck 1. Although it’s trendy to reject Q these days, it remains to me the more likely hypothesis. Luke’s version of the relevant sayings usually just seems more primitive to me, suggesting that Matthew was not his source for them. (The main competing option right now sees Luke using Matthew and …read more
By Lindsay As I mentioned in my review yesterday, The Flow of the Psalms is an excellent survey of the Psalter as a book. I recommend that everyone pick up a copy, but one lucky winner will find out for free.
Follow the instructions below to enter the giveaway. Good luck!
Flow of the …read more