Monthly Archives: January 2011

15 posts

Biblical illiteracy

As I recall (although the author of the comic did not cite it and I cannot find it now) the poll referred to was a Pew Poll that has been widely misinterpreted. My recollection is that those polled who identified as atheists or agnostics also tended to report growing up within more conservative Christian contexts. Thus they received their biblical training within the Christian context. On the other hand, there are many who identify as […]

SBL – “Blogging and Online Publication” section call for papers

From Bob Cargill: The call for papers for the ‘Blogging and Online Publication’ section at the 2011 SBL Annual Meeting in San Francisco, CA is now available. The meeting will be held November 19-22, 2011. SBL members wishing to present papers should submit proposals on the SBL website here by March 1, 2011. The SBL Blogger and Online Publication section invites proposals for papers for its 2011 annual meeting session. The open session calls for papers focusing on […]

Blogging for the sake of…?

This post is a reply to an excellent post from a student in our Presidential Leadership Academy, “Metabloging, pt. 2.” Students who are enrolled in this three year program have one continuous assignment, to blog once a week during the fall and spring semesters. The goal, as you will gather from my comments, is to encourage the students to think reflectively, critically, and in a public forum (thus my willingness to post this discussion here). […]

Remembering Mr. Schreyer

Most of you who read this blog know me from my academic and/or online activities rather than my administrative duties. This post comes from my blog as dean of the Schreyer Honors College, Penn State. This past weekend our founding benefactor and our students’ greatest supporter died. William A. Schreyer turned 83 almost two weeks ago and made the most of every day he had. We will be posting further reflections on Mr. Schreyer, his […]

SBL Updates Student Rules

This was forwarded on by a graduate student. I am glad that they are reconsidering the matter. Dear Student Member: The Executive Committee of Council met on 12 January 2011 to discuss concerns over the recent policies regarding student participation in the Society’s Annual Meeting. The policies that were announced in November 2010 required all students without a doctoral degree to submit to the Program Unit Chair the full text of the paper they intended […]

Rewriting Gen. 1 against atheistic evolution

Acknowledging that a significant of understanding Genesis chapter 1 is realizing the ANE background against which it was written, Joel Watts, AKA Polycarp, suggests we do the same with our modern backdrop of atheistic evolution. How would you write it? So, what if we did the same thing today – what if God inspired us today to tell of His power and authority against atheistic evolution? I use this term to note only an evolution […]

Feed Your Flock – Pepsi & the Catholic Church?

My brother pointed me to this post at John C. Dvorak’s site. According to JD This was a leading entry in PepsiCo’s Super Bowl commercial contest. When word leaked out about it, the Catholic Church went bananas. Pepsi has been trying to squash every occurrence of it on the Web; so, I don’t know how long this will be up. I cannot confirm that this is the case, that the Catholic Church was upset or […]

What’s a little (blood) libel among friends?

By now you have no doubt heard about Sarah Palin’s comments in the wake of the Arizona shootings. A little background is that Ms. Palin’s political action committee website had a map of the use with sniper scope images over certain districts, including Arizona, that they were “targeting” in the election. Many, on both sides of the aisle, have pointed to such militaristic images as fostering the kind of violence that broke forth this past […]