Blog Archives

Flotsam and jetsam (7/1)

Flotsam and jetsam (6/30)

  • James McGrath will be reviewing The Historical Jesus: Five Views over at Exploring Our Matrix. He’ll be starting with Robert Price, who holds to a Christ-Myth position – i.e. there was no Jesus of Nazareth. That should be an interesting discussion.
  • Nijay Gupta has published an 8-page review of Douglas Campbell’s Deliverance of God. The short version is that he enjoyed the book, but in the end did not find Campbell’s reconstruction of justification convincing.
  • The SBL conversation continues. John Hobbins and James Crossley have both posted their thoughts on Ron Hendel’s criticism of SBL for allowing “faith” to trump “reason” in biblical scholarship. And, Hendel has now responded to Crossley with a post of his own.
  • A recent Gallup poll suggests that church attendance is on the rise on America. I think this would be a good example of why we need to be careful with statistics. As I heard at a recent conference, although it is true that we’ve seen a slight increase in the percentage of people attending church weekly, the percentage of people who never attend church has increased much more quickly. So, although we’re seeing a few more people attend regularly, we’re seeing far more people choose to stay away altogether.
  • And, here’s a You Tube clip of Elena Kagan responding to a question about whether the commerce clause gives congress the authority to require all Americans to eat vegetables three times a day.

Flotsam and jetsam (6/26)

  • ERB offers its picks for Top 10 Books of the First Half of the Year. And Patheos has asked several professors and authors to list the books that have changed their life. (HT Parchment and Pen)
  • Richard Beck asks if there’s a difference between “conversation” and “discussion.” Specifically, he’s questioning whether you should call it a conversation if you have no intention of changing your position.
  • Liberty University has released a statement summarizing its conclusions regarding the Ergun Caner affair. Apparently they’ve determined that they he did make “factual statements that are self-contradictory.” In other words, it sounds like they’re saying that they don’t think he lied, but they do think he was pretty careless with the truth. So, they’ve demoted him, but he will stay on as a professor
  • Phil Sumpter is continuing his discussion of biblical scholarship by offering a exegesis of the plague narratives as an example of how faith and scholarship might be held together.
  • What do you think the following claim: “Among the healthy and growing churches in America today, they have already gone multi-site, are planning on going multi-site or are thinking about it, said a church strategist”? It would seem that the converse would imply that if you’re not multi-site and not thinking about it, you are clearly a growing and healthy church. If you thought otherwise, then I’m sorry to disillusion you.
  • And, in a startling discovery, it has now been confirmed that the iPhone 4 will shatter if you drop it…into a blender.

Flotsam and jetsam (6/25)

Flotsam and jetsam (6/14)