Archive for 'Public Forum'

Upcoming Speaking Schedule and … Cruises!

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I have finalized my speaking schedule for the Fall semester (I’m 58 and I still organize my life according to semesters… ) and more or less for the Spring as well.   These are the events that are all open to the public; some charge for a ticket, others not.  If any of these is near you, simply google the sponsor and my name, and normally that will take you to any information you may need should you want to ...
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Yale Shaffer Lectures 1 of 3 – Christ Come in the Flesh

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Ten years ago now — October 12-14, 2004 — I delivered the Shaffer lectures at Yale University Divinity School. The central theme of the series was “Christ in the Early Christian Tradition: Texts Disputed and Apocryphal.” Among other things, I tried to show how early Christian groups tried to restrict readings of their sacred texts to suit their own purposes. This first lecture is entitled on “Christ Come in the Flesh.” (The video quality will not ...
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Suggested Donation for the Blog

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With this post I would like to request that everyone on the blog consider making a donation, above and beyond your membership fee.   I know that some of you simply cannot afford to do so, and that, of course, is absolutely fine.   Others of you simply do not want to do so, and that also is absolutely fine.   But if you have the means and the will, I would very much like you to consider my request.

My proposed amount ...

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Freedom From Religion Foundation Lecture

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On May 3 of this year I gave a lecture at a meeting of the Freedom from Religion Foundation in Raleigh NC.    The lecture is about what it is like to be an agnostic who writes about religion.  That’s an irony that I am constantly aware of and most of the lecture is about my experience as a non-religious person who is an expert in something he doesn’t believe in.

I also used  the lecture  to stress that being ...

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Clarification!

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I need to clarify something that I said in my earlier post today about my next project, since I have elicited several demurrals in response, and it was because I didn’t express myself very clearly.   What I said was this:

Scholars have long held that Mark was the first of our Gospels to be written, and that it probably appeared sometime around the year 70 CE.  Some scholars think it might have been a bit before that ...

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Suggestions for Improving the Blog (Its Content)

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In my previous post I discussed some of the ideas that had been put forth for increasing the amount of money that the blog takes in – which is my ultimate goal, as I’ve repeatedly said.  I realize that for most of you (all of you?), that’s *not* the ultimate goal.  Most of you are interested in what the blog can provide by way of substance and content.  So, on that topic….

I have tried ...

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National Cathedral Lecture – Misquoting Jesus

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Here is a version of my lecture “Misquoting Jesus.”   Some of you have seen a different version of the lecture (I’m sure I’ve posted one!); I’m particularly fond of this particular one, both because of its setting in the Washington National Cathedral and because, well, I just think I was on better form than usual.   The lecture was given on Feb. 6, 2007.

 

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Ideas for Raising More Money on the Blog

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Many thanks to everyone who responded to my request for comments about how to improve the blog.  I am taking all of them under advisement!  Here I’d like to flesh out a bit three specific suggestions and give my take on them (I will address a few others in my next post).   Please consider each of these and respond if you feel so moved!   These are themed: they are all about money and about how to raise more of ...
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Follow-up Apologies for the Post on Dinesh D’Souza

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I was completely taken aback when I got up this morning (I’m in London – five hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time) to check my blog and Facebook pages to find that I caused a bit of a firestorm by my comments on Dinesh D’Souza when in yesterday’s post I introduced the video of the debate that I had had with him a couple of years ago.  That was not my intention at *all* and I’m non-plussed, surprised, and ...
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My Debate with Dinesh D’Souza on the Problem of Suffering

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A prominent figure in the news lately has been Dinesh D’Souza. Dinesh is best known as a hyper-conservative political commentator. His most recent book is America, and this week it is #1 on the New York Times bestseller list for non-fiction. It has a companion documentary film. If you’re politically very-right-wing conservative and despise Barack Obama and everything he stands for — this is the book for you! Dinesh was a policy analyst in the Reagan White House as ...
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