Many thanks to Nick Norelli for pointing out that my dissertation is available online through the University of St. Andrews research database. You’d think I would have known that already, but I didn’t realize the database was open to the public. So, if you’re looking for something to fill your spare moments, feel free to check it out.
I am dealing with some emotional turmoil, however. I tried to access my dissertation a few minutes ago, but I was blocked by the seminary’s web filter because the material “is considered inappropriate”! I’m not sure what to make of that. It’s one thing to have a reviewer or professor tell you that your dissertation isn’t any good. But, when some mindless software starts taking potshots at your research, that’s pretty annoying. I bet it hasn’t even read my dissertation. Stupid software.
I did give my dissertation a pretty snappy title, though, so more people would want to read it:
Embodied Souls, Ensouled Bodies: An Exercise in Christological Anthropology and Its Significance for the Mind-Body Debate with Special Reference to Karl Barth’s ‘Church Dogmatics’ III.2
Seriously, who could possibly stay away from a book like that? In my family, we gather around the fire and read our favorite parts to each other while eating ice cream. You should try it.
- John Barber argues that evangelicalism is dying, but that there’s hope for revival.
- Kevin DeYoung offers some words from Dorothy Sayers on the importance of theology in her day (and ours).
- A new study confirms that poor people are more generous.
- A Methodist church in the UK has backed off from its plans to celebrate communion via Twitter.
- Denny Burk offers 6 reasons to try the Olive Tree Bible app.
- The BBC interview NT Wright on his impending retirement and move to St. Andrews. HT
- Apparently there’s a new FB scam targeting Justin Bieber fans. Of course, if you’re a Justin Bieber fan, you probably deserve it.
- And, some guy was such a big Ayn Rand fan that he drove across America, plotting his course with a GPS system, so that when he was done it would spell out “Read Ayn Rand.” I’m sure that was time well spent.
- Paul the Octopus has now picked Spain to win the world cup. Sadly, like many misunderstood superheros, Paul has raised the ire of the lesser abled. And, angry German fans, irate that Paul used his magic powers to cause Germany’s loss to Spain, are now planning to eat him.
- Larry Hurtado continues to add useful resources to his blog. Today’s contribution is his essay “Monotheism, Principal Angels, and High Christology,” which discusses “on Qumran evidence and its relevance for the emergence of Jesus-devotion in early Christianity.”
- Diglotting argues that Jesus was an inclusivist.
- Here’s an article summarizing some research that suggests younger scientists are more likely to be religious than older ones. (HT Rachel Motte)
- By now you’ve probably heard that the PCUSA General Assembly has voted 53%-46% in favor of allowing noncelibate gays and lesbians to be ordained ministers. Although the decision still needs to be sent to the local presbyteries, this vote has sparked quite a bit of discussion. This move follows an earlier one in which the General Assembly voted to approve a new form of church government that will ostensibly be better suited to meet the needs of 21st century churches. Update: The Assembly has also voted not to redefine marriage.
- Nijay Gupta offers some of his favorite resources on the wisdom literature and the prophets.
- And, those reports about the Church of England being on the verge of approving Jeffrey John’s appointment as their first openly gay bishop, were in fact wildly exaggerated. The nomination committee has made it clear that John will not be considered for the post. While they’re at it, though, they will apparently be reconsidering (again) the issue of women’s ordination.
- Of course, we have to mention the fact that someone is actually protesting N.T. Wright’s appointment to the University of St. Andrews. And, no, it’s not John Piper. It’s an episcopal priest angry about Wright’s opposition to gay ordination. (HT Mike Bird) And, Joel Watts offers some good thoughts on the situation.
- In a shocking development, researchers have now determined that more than two hours a day spent watching TV or playing video games can cause attention problems.
- And, please tell me that this is a joke.