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September 23 2014, 2AM

N and N 11.08.2000Debates over the Trinity involve complex metaphysical theses and the scrutiny of biblical texts. Church members often find it difficult to see how this doctrine relates to faith and practice. For me it is key - Trinitarian relations...
SKEPTICISM: World's oldest siddur or overpriced patchwork? Jerusalem's Bible Lands Museum unveils what they suggest is the world's oldest siddur. But is it really? (I24News). Excerpt:"I believe the Green Foundation acted in good faith based on the info...
HAARETZ: Cabinet postpones decision on controversial route of West Bank barrier. Ancient terraces in Battir were designated Unesco World Heritage Site in bid to change route of Israeli wall. (Nir Hasson).Israel’s cabinet on Sunday put off making a de...
Unsurprising to the nice round number of zero, Adam made it known this week he is wary of protests. His post indicating as much is one-half cheek and the other half teeth. As it happens, his (& a good many of your) reservations squeakily hinged on the... [politics of the absurd]

1AM

As a father, Vladimir Nabokov’s Lolita is difficult to read. With Banned Book Week upon us, however, and with my wife suggesting I read Reading Lolita in Tehran, I figured I’d better read Lolita in New Jersey first. It’s not the kind of book you w... [Books] [Consciousness] [literature] [popular culture] [Posts] [Rock-n-Roll] [Banned Book Week] [Ellen Hopkins] [Kinks] [Lola] [Lolita] [Manifesto] [Reading Lolita in Tehran] [Stanley Kubrick] [The Kinks] [Vladimir Nabokov]

September 22, 11PM

This series is about Israel’s policies in Gaza. I think they’re so unconscionable that I can’t believe they’re up for debate even among Jews — and yet they are. Instead of criticising Israel, I invite you to explore the bas... [Atrocities and Oppression] [history] [Race]

10PM

Bible Reading Destroys the Church (Part 2 of 2) Church division does not have a single all-encompassing “cause.” Events in a complex system rarely do. The notable correlation between increased personal Bible reading and new denominations does ... [Bible]

9PM

My colleague, Rabbi Jeff Hoffman, has written a post about the meaning of the phrase “Ma’avirin et Ro’a HaGezeirah” from Unetaneh Tokef. For many generations, there have been commentators – including Ramban (12th c.)[3] and R. Yitzchak A... [High Holy Days] [liturgy]

5PM

Here you go- The kings themselves, and such as exercise authority in the world, desire to be in their filth, and are indifferent as to any kind of abomination; for they fear lest in case of any innovation the common people should take occasion to raise tu... [Calvin]

4PM

If your children don’t hate you from time to time you have failed as a parent. And if they hate you all the time you have also failed as a parent.Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]
I’ve never been an iPhone fan. When they first came out I was still using an LG flip phone and I was anti-Apple. When I finally got a smart phone it was an Android device (a Samsung Galaxy SII to be exact). It just so happens that my first smart pho... [Technology]

3PM

Alejandro Jodorowsky's The Holy Mountain is, I suppose, a Jesus film of sorts. But it's not hard to see it's rarely discussed along with more conventional takes on the story. Jodorowsky's dark surrealist vision is riddled with images that will tend to off...
I wasn't going to comment on the so-called wars taking place among atheists but I think I have something to say others have not yet said. I also want to respond to Christians who seem to be reveling in our disputes. I know that in this politically cha...
In this era of increasingly accurate 3D computer imagery, animators have come up against a problem known as the “uncanny valley” — after a certain point, the closer to accurate 3D imagery is, the creepier it becomes. The reason that it&... [aesthetics] [art] [Creepiness (the book)]

2PM

When biblical blogging began, it was a loose confederation of bloggers discussing the bible and related things.  And then it exploded, both numerically and in terms of interested bystanders.  As a consequence, a lot of people started to blog and even if... [Biblioblogs]
When does prayer occur during Christian worship? In my view, the entire worship service is prayer offered to God. There are obviously one or more “prayers” (plural) that take place during a worship service – an invocation, perhaps, or a pastoral pra... [Reflections] [prayers]
It has been awhile since I have posted on this site.  To update readers, I am currently an adjunct lecturer at The King’s University in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada and am optimistic that I will find a permanent position in the field specializing in t... [Publications news]

1PM

Remember back when it was suggested that the new Biblical Studies Institute and its Director at the University of Sheffield was to be in direct lineage to the Biblical Studies Department?  And how some of us said ‘oh sure it will’.  It seems... [Biblical Studies Resources]

12 PM

“Tomorrow I have to lecture on the drunkenness of Noah, so I should drink enough this evening to be able to talk about that wickedness as one who knows by experience.” Dr. Cordatus said, “By no means; you ought to do the opposite!” To this Luther ... [Luther]
We may therefore safely conclude that Jesus habitually went from village to village, speaking of the kingdom of the God of Israel, a celebrating this kingdom in various ways, not least in sharing meals with all and sundry. These actions and words must the... [gospels] [historical Jesus] [jesus] [King Jesus] [kingdom] [N. T. Wright] [Synoptic Gospels]
Every once in a while someone writes a book that says exactly what you have been thinking for a long time. In Pete Enns’ most recent book I found a description of the Bible and how it works articulated just the way I would say it. In fact, I wish I had ... [The Professor's Bookshelf]
The first thing I acknowledge is that I grieve just like everyone else; I do not grieve as a minister. I have the very same emotions, the very same needs as all persons who experience loss. (p. 20) This is from the forthcoming book Surviving a Son’s... [Christianity] [grief] [religion]

11AM

both look interesting… Scholars of the Gospel of Mark usually discuss the merits of patristic references to the Gospel’s origin and Mark’s identity as the “interpreter” of Peter. But while the question of the Gospel’s... [Books] [Mark] [Fortress Press] [ivp-academic] [Michael Kok] [Robert H. Stein]
I am getting very excited about this.  My book Muted Hosannas is very close to becoming an actual real thing.  I’ve sent proof pages back to the editor with some final (I hope) changes and corrections, and my friend, Joel Watts, has finally come o... [Other Posts]
I learned the other day the shockingly sad news that Honey-Boo-Boo’s mom and dad had called it quits.  Apparently Sugar Bear was cheating on June in a series of online dalliances (curiously, that’s how they met too….).  Now the couple ... [sarcasm]
“I spent my whole life trying to put a battery in backwards before I finally realized that batteries don’t work.”  -Every Fundamentalist-Turned-Unbeliever testimonial ever (via Lutheran Satire)Filed under: War On Atheism [War On Atheism]
The world keeps turning even if I am only turning in my grave. What grave thoughts! Grave and grace differ by only one letter - and the typo is easy on a querty keyboard :) Phil Long is putting his introductory course on the historical context of the NT ... [carnival]

10AM

The proposals so far sent for consideration of inclusion in the History of Reception of the Bible series by Peter Lang Verlag have been stellar.  We are in the process now of evaluating them and making further inquiries and recommendations. We’d lo... [Peter Lang Verlag] [Reception History]
Because, in his words, I’ve got my set of values, things that are important to me now at this point in my life, and that’s all that matters. Yes, precious, all that matters is what you feel.  Stay strong, precious, and never let all that God and holi... [Heresy and Heretics] [misery] [Modern Culture] [pseudo-christianity] [pseudo-theology]

9AM

I have been watching ABC News each weeknight for the past five or so years.  I have settled on it as my news home, if you will.  Don’t get me wrong: I still read other news-related sources.  But I regularly watch ABC News to keep curre... [politics] [Television]
Give a person the internet and they will often take advantage of it to put on parade their invincible and unredeemable dilettantish ignorance.  For instance, A-J Levine, one of the finest scholars of the NT presently working wrote a piece for CNN the oth... [loathing] [media] [misery] [Modern Culture]
John and James – My favorite picture that I keep on my desk. September 22 is a difficult day for me and my family. Ten years ago, on September 22, our son/brother James went home. I cannot describe it as anything else. While it left us with a deep s... [Personal]

8AM

On September 5th I changed the name of this blog to "Debunking Abrahamic Religions." Since that time the number of hits to this blog has dropped an average of 1570 a day! So in the interests of reaching more people I've changed the title back to "Debunkin...
And let us not think that we embitter only the word of the Lord if we sin.  Our transgression goes as far as to wrong God Himself; for it is written that one who sins “dishonors God by violating the Law.”*  It would be little enough if Scrip... [origen] [sin]
Source: The recently released National Congregations Study has offered up a variety of data on changing trends in American houses of worship when it comes to the treatment of gays and lesbians and overarching demographics, but there’s one data point t... [Uncategorized]

7AM

via ‘Ship of Fools’ Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]
The Southern Blog has a nice interview with James Hamilton related to the development of his new book Exalting Jesus in Ezra and Nehemiah. [Books] [Ezra] [Interview] [Nehemiah] [old testament]
via Kara SladeFiled under: pseudo-theology [pseudo-theology]
Dr. David Watson has suggested we close, even in part, the General Conference. I like this idea, not in the least because of the hijacking both the left and the right attempt to do. Years ago, groups on the right threatened to disrupt. Currently groups on... [United Methodist Church]
“Don’t tell Hallmark, but the love that God has in mind for us as His children doesn’t mesh well with their greeting-card line. The love that God wants of us and wants us to cultivate as His children is not some sort of sentimental feeling. He wants... [Books] [Vine Ripened Life]
This is a guest post by L. T. Lewis. L. T. is a spiritual mentor, and the founder of Kick Boxing Believers. Well-adjusted P.K. (preacher’s kid) and grateful mother of two young adults. She teaches and guides individuals/groups towards a more joyful, hea... [Guest Posts for the TIll He Comes blog] [faith] [Guest Post] [Mark 5:25-34] [works]

6AM

[I]t [the book of Proverbs] heightens the significance of the secular everyday life, not by emancipating it from the sacred but by blurring the boundary between sacred and secular, not by pushing the boundaries of the secular as far as possible but by see... [Books] [Idle Musings] [Proverbs]
A bit ago, David M. posted a question about Judges 5.2 on Facebook. As you know, I am currently researching a “unique” view of the death of Christ so when I read this, it immediately jumped out to me as something I could use. Judges 5.2 is set... [Doctoral Work] [Judges] [Septuagint] [devotio] [Judges 5.2]

5AM

Please take note of this important truth: via Logos Bible Software That’s what those of us familiar with the subject call true Christian theology.Filed under: Theology [theology]
To the Burgomaster and Council of Zürich.Geneva, September 22, 1553. High and mighty Lords!—We know not if your Lordships are aware that we have in hand a prisoner, Michael Servetus by name, who has written and had printed a book containing many things... [Church History]

4AM

Proving, once more, that alcohol is the Devi’s milk.  Look what it makes you do… Tilling, Watts, Goodacre, and of course, Thompson And then, under the sweater, with a total stranger, Lombatti!   Those Italians….Filed under: biblioblo... [Biblioblogs]
Because they humiliated (that’s the right word) Manchester United over the weekend. Manchester United surrendered a two-goal lead to lose 5-3 to Leicester in a wild Premier League game on Sunday, with the promoted side scoring four times in 20 minut... [Schadenfreude] [soccer]
As a longtime user of Windows machines and a new user of Apple machines I can honestly say that one machine is not necessarily better than the other, or put differently, one operating system is not necessarily better than the other. In terms of hardware m... [Technology]
I don't have Sam's new book yet, but he is always thoughtful and interesting when he writes, and I suspect there will be a number of people who will be better off having read his new book, Waking Up: A Guide to Spirituality Without Religion.To read a gene...
When you start to get more 'advanced' in Greek grammatical studies, you really begin to discover that nothing is what you thought it was. Here are three examples.VoiceTraditional grammars tell you that Greek has an active, middle, and passive voice. And t...
INTEND (ELUL 27)And what did I intend, after all?To uncover beauty everywhere.To travel eveninto the heart of an enemyand unlock the rusted gate.To walk beside someonefor a time; to sharea simple sunrise as spectacularas a nebula unfolding.To act as thoug... [Elul] [poetry]
Today’s post is from Morris Proctor, certified and authorized trainer for Logos Bible Software. Morris, who has trained thousands of Logos users at his two-day Camp Logos seminars, provides many training materials. In a recent blog post about displaying... [Training] [collections] [Logos 5] [Morris Proctor] [mp seminars] [tutorial]

3AM

Here is Michael Shermer's excellent and fitting tribute to the late Victor Stenger, LINK. Don't miss reading Stenger's latest book, God and the Multiverse: Humanity's Expanding View of the Cosmos, which is now out.Stenger also wrote a chapter for Christia...
I was really delighted to see the new Church of England project iTestify launched this summer. (I was also a tad disappointed, since I was thinking of doing something similar myself!). The idea is simple – short, video testimonies of up to 3 minute... [Biblical Studies] [Life & Ministry] [Church of England] [evangelism] [John's Gospel] [mission] [Revelation] [Testimony]