Cal Newport reflects on the possibility of deleterious effects of social media on religious practice. In part, he comments: Courage, reassurance, revelation: these require a quiet mind capable of apophatic insight. One of the unintentional consequences of innovating an algorithmically-optimized, always-present source of attention-snagging noise is that this quiet disappears. For more, see Cal’s original […]
Recently, I noted that an English Standard Version audio Bible was freely available with registration at Bible.is. This version’s Old Testament is also still freely available in MP3 format on Amazon. In addition to these, Logos Bible Software is now giving away the ESV audio Bible read by David Cochran Heath. This resource “is available for […]
The latest issue of Currents in Biblical Research includes the following: Serge Frolov, “Sleeping with the Enemy: Recent Scholarship on Sexuality in the Book of Judges” Jason Hood and Matthew Emerson, “Summaries of Israel’s Story: Reviewing a Compositional Category” Coleman Baker, “Peter and Paul in Acts and the Construction of Early Christian Identity: A Review of […]
Jim Davila notes a report of a new German bill that explicitly permits the continued practice of infant male circumcision on religious grounds. The legality of the practice in Germany had been thrown into question by a related decision by the Cologne court earlier this year.