Archive for December, 2013

Fewer Ph.D.s

December 31, 2013

Johns Hopkins thinks it’s a good idea. And they are probably right.

Good Advice

December 31, 2013

Based on reactions like the ones reported here, caution is warranted. Here is the reason:

The true defining characteristic of the average contemporary academic is total, abject terror of saying anything that might jeopardize her career. Lest a single unfavorable moment be seen by a colleague or administrator, junior faculty on the tenure track often have a second “real” Facebook account under a different name and tweet orblog anonymously. Even tenured academics have much to fear: One wrong move could lose them a grant, promotion to full professor, or any modest raise ever again.


Words for the Dumpster

December 30, 2013

Agree. There are some phrases that are overused and at the minimum annoying. Get rid of them.

N T Wright and Empire Criticism

December 29, 2013

Some thoughts on N T Wright’s approach to empire criticism by Scot McKnight. There’s lots more at Jesus Creed on Wright if you’re interested.

Classic American History

December 29, 2013

A list of things I should read (I know a couple, but there is always more).

Some ethics

December 24, 2013

Here is an insightful discussion of why it may not be possible to explain some basic ethical facts.

Noah movie?

December 23, 2013

For those who were hoping for something worthwhile or interesting, this may put a damper in your expectations.

Homeschool Apostates

December 23, 2013

Here’s an article that notes that homeschooling doesn’t necessarily lead to expected outcomes. For those who think homeschooling is the solution to everything. I’m not sure how widespread this kind of reaction is, and the type of homeschooling described may not be (I hope isn’t) typical.


December 23, 2013

This graphic makes a couple of interesting points, even though I probably have far different theological convictions than the poster (he does call himself a liberal Christian!).

1. The word literal is really unhelpful. I wish we could do a better job of setting it aside and finding an alternative. Finding none, we’re stuck with lots of confusion.

2. How bad much of our interpretation is. I think the chart is on to something. We resort to figurative explanations when forced to, but often not in a consistent or coherent way. Much work to be done here, at least in explaining what is going on.

Cultural Jesus

December 23, 2013

Some helpful cultural context for the manly Jesus proclaimed by Mark Driscoll.