‘The End(s) of Historical Criticism’ by Michael C. Legaspi

I realize I’m a little late in posting this.  Quite an excellent article overall.  I especially enjoyed this bit (also, I agree with and support it, as should you!):

Biblical studies is, at present, still a cultural and social project, one that exists principally as an alternative to traditional and confessional modes of biblical interpretation. John Collins of Yale, the eminent historical critic, has made precisely this point. In a presidential address to the Society of Biblical Literature, he suggested that biblical critics can help stem religious violence by “noting the diversity of viewpoints in the Bible” in order to “relativize the more problematic ones.”4 In doing so, scholars prevent readers from adopting any settled convictions about what the Bible actually says. In this way, the critic can demonstrate to any true believers ready to take up the sword that “certitude” about the meaning of the Bible is merely an “illusion.”

via The Bible and Interpretation.  Read on here: http://www.bibleinterp.com/articles/legaspi357930.shtml


Vatican paper: Homer Simpson’s a Catholic

I realize I’m late pressing this (Jim West, as usual, beat me to it), but if Homer is a catholic, why does he go to a church where (1) Lovejoy is a Reverend who is married and (2) Flanders, who goes to the same church, is a fundamentalist and shows signs of Pentecostalism?

That aside, Homer and Bart both are, if anything, apostates of their church–both have expressed disbelief.  Just because they show some rather humorous apathy towards their religious belief (as most Catholics do today), that doesn’t make them any more ‘Catholic’ than ‘American Dad’ characters.  As Jim said, they’re friggin’ cartoons.

Read on: Vatican paper: Homer Simpson’s a Catholic – Entertainment – Television – TODAYshow.com.

The Dead Sea Scrolls are Being Google-Bookized « Zwinglius Redivivus

The Dead Sea Scrolls are Being Google-Bookized « Zwinglius Redivivus.

The Dead Sea scrolls will soon be available to anyone with an internet connection. Search engine Google and the Israel Antiquities Authority have revealed plans for an online archive of the scrolls, which number around 900. The images will appear in high definition, with a special camera costing more than £157,000 used to photograph the scrolls. The organisers hope that the website will be live by the beginning of 2011. Users will also be challenged by “the ultimate puzzle game”; a chance to join up the thousands of pieces of scroll into one virtual document.

Technolog – Google ordered to reveal identities of commenters

Technolog – Google ordered to reveal identities of commenters.


But, I’m sure many of you think it would be some kind of tear in time/space, if, God forbid, we were actually held accountable for what we say.


Interesting article.  Read on at the link above.

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