- Andrew Perriman explains why he doesn’t like systematic theologies, and he makes a great point about the failure of many theologians to look closely at the text in their theological endeavors.
- Stuart comments on a report that there are 38,000 Christian denominations. Since this information was on a Wikipedia page, I did some digging and it looks like this statistic actually comes from the 2001 edition of the World Christian Encyclopedia (Oxford University Press). But, according to About.com, the actual number reported in that work was only 33,830. So, that’s much better.
- In case you’re still on the fence regarding Bible software, here are some more reviews of Logos 4 and Bible Works 8.
- The finalists for the National Book Awards have been announced. Similarly, here’s a list from Metafilter on the The Best American Essays of 2010.
- And, here’s a list from Mashable of the Ten Memorable Viral Videos of 2010.
Since I was out camping all weekend, here are just a few links of interest from the last couple of days.
- S.M. Hutchens offers reservations on the Manhattan Declaration and why he thinks it needs to be revised, prompted largely by Chuck Colson’s and Timothy George’s recent comments on the subject.
- Peter Enns comments on the lack of theological sophistication in polls aimed at understanding religious belief. Of course, one might also lament the lack of theological sophistication in those taking the polls.
- WikiLeaks published a whole series of classified documents related to the war in Afghanistan, providing a much more detailed look at the war than has been publicly available before.
- Andy Rowell offers a nice list of resources for ecclesiology. It’s pretty focused on evangelical-baptist ecclesiology, but still a nice starting point for anyone looking for books covering a number of important ecclesiological issues.
- Jim comments on HuffPo’s plan to do a series on Scripture commentary. Christian scholars from various traditions will take turns commenting on Matt. 7:24-27.
- Mike Bird reviews Logos 4.
- I usually resist commenting on all things Ted Haggard, but his recent comment to WSJ that he had “over-repented” was too good to pass up. My favorite line from the article: “‘Tiger Woods needs to golf. Michael Vick needs to be playing football….Ted Haggard,’ Mr. Haggard said, ‘needs to be leading a church.'” Maybe it’s just me, but shouldn’t his focus be on what the church needs?
- And, what would it look like if you wrapped everything in a professor’s office – every book, every pen, every piece of furniture – entirely with aluminum foil? That’s what one professor found when he returned from vacation. If only my students loved me so much.