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Anachronistic Scholarship: An Observation

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Too much biblical scholarship these days is nothing more than an attempt to make ancient people look like modern thinkers.  Paul, for instance, was not one bit interested in women’s rights or gay rights or anything of the sort.  He preached the Gospel and left it to God to change lives.

Putting Paul in a modern Hipster outfit may make exegetes feel better, but it’s nothing more than a caricature of Paul.  And the same holds true of all such anachronistic wishful thinking.

Stop drafting ancients for your modern wars.  They DON’T CARE!  They weren’t feminists nor egalitarians nor socialists nor democrats nor republicans nor blacktavists nor any other subset of modern political ideology.

Written by Jim

October 22, 2014 at 15:15

Any Book He Recommends is of Necessity to Be Ignored

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Aside from the fact that he says nothing at all about the book itself, that Rick Warren felt compelled to advertise himself illuminates his true purpose. Grudem… Recommended by Warren… I’m sure Oprah liked it too. It’s a shame that a certain journalist who loves to sling theological misprision hasn’t been asked to blurb it too.


Written by Jim

October 13, 2014 at 21:20

Fake News + Serious Comments + Historical Ignorance = The Internet

First, the fake news:

An Italian expert studying a first century document written by the Roman historian Marcus Velleius Paterculus that was recently discovered in the archives of the Vatican, found what is presumed to be the first eyewitness account ever recorded of a miracle of Jesus Christ. The author describes a scene that he allegedly witnessed, in which a prophet and teacher that he names Iēsous de Nazarenus, resuscitated a stillborn boy and handed him back to his mother.

And now the serious comment which is also the bit of historical ignorance:


And there you have it.  The majority of comments on the internet are just like that.  Wikipedi-esque and surely to be deemed the truth…

Written by Jim

October 6, 2014 at 17:34

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From Fleecing the Flock to Fooling the Foolish: Jim Bakker is Back to Scamming

Remember Jim Bakker?

The televangelist who served five years in a federal prison on fraud and conspiracy charges in the early 1990s is now selling End of the World Biscuits, Time of Trouble Beans and other survival gear for the end of days, The New York Daily News reports.

Bakker hawks his wares on his self-titled The Jim Bakker Show, where instead of purchasing items, viewers can buy “Love Gifts” –as they’re called –by making “donations” at extremely marked-up prices.

Along with the Time of Trouble Beans, which consists of 14 totes full of black bean burger mix for $3,000 and End of the World Biscuits, food items include End of the World Gravy and Kevin’s Krazy Lasagna.  Viewers can get an assortment of other survival gear including a Bakker’s Dozen Extreme Canteen Kit that consists of 13 packs of ponchos, thermal blankets, glow stick and whistles for $500.

Morton Smith Talks About His Fraudulent Pseudo Scholarly ‘Secret Gospel of Mark’

Written by Jim

October 3, 2014 at 14:46

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Joel Osteen Knows Nothing About The Bible- And Neither Do his Followers

Author and megachurch speaker Joel Osteen raised eyebrows this week when he wrote on his popular Facebook page that Moses was present to see the sun stand still under Joshua’s leadership and that he witnessed the Hebrew boys being thrown into the fiery furnace.

“God said in Numbers 11:23, ‘Moses, is there any limit to My power?’ Osteen, leader of the 43,000 member Lakewood Church, posted on Monday, and then proceeded to expound. “He was saying, ‘Moses, you saw Me part the Red Sea, stop the sun for Joshua, keep three Hebrew teenagers safe in a fiery furnace, don’t you realize that I can bring water without rain?’ There’s no limit to God’s power.”

The status received over 317,000 likes from his more than 8 million followers, and was shared over 52,000 times. A number of followers also agreed heartily with Osteen’s teaching in the comments section.

Ignorance is blistering.

Written by Jim

September 24, 2014 at 11:31

What Sheffield Has Done is Dishonest, Misleading, and Disgusting

In 2009, the University of Sheffield proposed to close the Department of Biblical Studies, perhaps the world’s foremost and most innovative biblical studies department.

The response included a barrage of letters protesting the plan from academics worldwide. Many of the letters are preserved on the Save Biblical Studies website. Responding to these protests, the University promised to retain the Department of Biblical Studies and to strengthen it.

But as early as 2014, the University of Sheffield again decided to disband the Department. The Department no longer exists, and current academic staff are now employed to a “Research Institute for Biblical Studies“, which has been interpreted as a short-term stop-gap measure before biblical studies at Sheffield ceases completely.

But what about all those academic protests? Did they count for nothing? Not at all. The letters of protest have been mined by the University of Sheffield, and used as marketing endorsements for biblical studies at Sheffield.

Appallingly, the University has taken letters of protest, culled them, edited out bits, and then made use of them as though they were promotions of the new Research unit-

All of these endorsements were culled from the letters of protest written in 2009 against the closure of the Department. They are now being used as “endorsements” of the University of Sheffield after the closure of the Department. To be clear, the protests are all being callously misrepresented as unqualified positive statements about biblical studies at Sheffield University.

Read the whole evidentiary piece here.  I’ve never been more dismayed by an academic institution before.  Someone is a deceiver at Sheffield and worse than Mark Driscoll in his or her misuse of material.

UPDATE:  Here’s a screenshot of the cropped and misleading quotes, for that inevitable moment when the University yanks that segment of its page.


Written by Jim

September 1, 2014 at 08:13

Posted in pseudo-scholarship


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