My Niece Is Moving…

And so she’s been looking on Craigslist.  Evidently she didn’t think to ask me what I think of Craigslist.  If she had, I could have warned her that people who post of Craigslist tend to be stark raving lunatics.  The maddest of the mad.  Want proof?  Well here’s one of the ads she happened across while looking for a roomie…

Read it before they pull it.  Which they won’t, but it will expire.

And Jessica… don’t find a roomie on Craigslist dear.  I don’t want to have to watch and Investigation Discovery special on you one day.  ‘She thought she was getting a normal room mate.  And she found the serial killer on *drumroll* Craigslist!’

Quote of the Day

The History Channel is the Dollar General of Educational Programming… — Joel Watts

One could even mutate it a little and say

Biblical Archaeology Review is the Dollar General of Archaeological publishing…

In fact, it’s a very useful analogy for so many purposes.  All of which will be exploited here eventually.  Thanks Joel, for the grist for the mill.

That’s A Jewish Rabbi Who Doesn’t Know His Stuff

He apparently thinks Islam is the oldest religion…

He must have gone to the wrong Seminary. One of those ‘we don’t know bupkis about history’ schools.

Listen to this Jewish Rabbi who agrees with Islam. He confirms and admits that Islam is the oldest religion on earth. This is true, one just has to realize that Islam pre-dates Prophet Muhammad who was simply the final Prophet in the long line of Prophets.

The video was posted by something called Jews for Allah… Okie dokie. We truly do live in strange times. Jewish rabbis who are fans of Islam and Episcopal priests (of course) who are also practicing muslims.

On Bibliobloggers: An Observation

I don’t want to embarrass anyone by naming names (see, I can be nice) – but I’m sure I’m not the only one who has noticed that a number of our bible blogging brethren manage only to mention their own on and offline publications.

Let me give an example:  Dr. So and So of Some Northern-Climed Country publishes an article in the Journal of Whoopdie Doo.  Within 5 minutes not only has he mentioned it, but he’s written as many blogging buddies as he can manage telling them about it and asking them to mention it as well.

Yet if someone outside his own skin publishes something on or offline, it’s never mentioned nor even breathed in polite company (unless it’s a like minded soul).

Is it pure ego?  Pride?  Narcissism? Perhaps.  Or perhaps its a combination of all those things.  But what I find so fascinating is the ego-centrism of it all.  Especially in light of the fact that when biblioblogging began, bloggers saw themselves as members of a community and ‘when one rejoiced, they all rejoiced’ and ‘when one wept, they all wept’.  That sense of community has – for the most part – evaporated.

Certainly there are still bibliobloggers who interact with other bibliobloggers.  And when one achieves, all achieve.  But the majority are so ensconced in self-promotion that if anyone else accomplishes anything at all, nary a word of it is breathed for fear the spotlight might be found shining its light elsewhere.

Frankly, I’m glad when Professor McChewy publishes something.  I’m glad to know it and glad (sometimes) to read it.   But when Prof. McChewy only mentions himself and ignores anyone and everyone else who publishes something I find myself more than a little put off by him, and it.

In other words, blogging, when disconnected from community, is nothing more than self-aggrandizement.  It becomes nothing more than another tool for blowing one’s own horn.  If that toot is a sarcastic self-denigrating blast that’s one thing.  But if it’s just a ‘look at me (and for God’s sake don’t look at anyone else)’ exercise in self-absorption, it’s quite pointless.  In a word, it’s arrogance.  And arrogance is usually just a mask for ignorance.

Atheists Won’t Protest This…

They only protest Christianity.  Have you ever noticed that?  Buddhism?  Nah.  Judaism?  Nah.  Taoism?  Nah.  Druidry?  Nah?  Christianity?  Oh yeah they’re all over it.  Ehrman and Avalos and Dawkins and Hawking and the other angry atheists never say a bad thing about any religion but Christianity.  Not Islam certainly!  (But I guess that’s because those atheists aren’t interested in getting thwacked with a fatwa).

Hawking, Dawkins, Avalos, Ehrman, et al

The reason is because atheists don’t hate religion in general (or if they do, they never bother specifying any faith but Christian faith).  They just hate our grand faith.   Not to worry, though.  Barth’s Universalism was wrong and you won’t have to worry about seeing any of them in Paradise.  They’ll all be roasting like pigs on a spit.

Anyway, here’s the decision in Britain that the atheists won’t mind at all.

Britain has recognised druidry as an official religion for the first time, thousands of years after the Celtic pagan faith emerged in Europe, the country’s charity commission said Saturday. The Druid Network, an organisation representing the religion in Britain, was granted charitable status in a decision that not only gives it tax breaks but also lets the religion take its place alongside more mainstream beliefs. “This has been a long hard struggle, taking over five years to complete,” the Druid Network said in a statement after its application to be registered as a charity had been accepted by the Charity Commission.

Oh Britain, turn the clock back, won’t you?

UPDATE:  Ok look atheists, I know it’s hard for you to read and comprehend, but if you’ll just take a moment to read the comment policy (found in the right nav panel) you’ll save yourself a lot of time and you’ll figure out, eventually, maybe (though you are a decidedly dense and obtuse lot) why your oh so witty (as you alone imagine) remarks never see the light of day.

A Couple of Interesting Essays in the Latest CBQ

Tom Thatcher’s Cain and Abel in Early Christian Memory: A Case Study in “The Use of the Old Testament in the New” is must reading for anyone interested in the OT in the NT side of things.   Unsurprising really since Tom’s such a good scholar.  I’d like to have him as a guest for one of our Biblical Studies List colloquia sometime.   And some guy named Duane Smith has written a downright fun essay on public urination.  Now, back to cleaning…

It’s Saturday: What Are Bibliobloggers Doing Today?

Pretty shocking behavior… you’ll have to admit.

I’m so ashamed of them…  No wonder none of them are #1.