My Two Cents (10/03)
- The Exaustion of Secularism: Codex discusses a lecture and book by Jens Zimmerman (The Passionate Intellect), in which Zimmerman discusses the postmodern re-entry of religion (in many forms) into the sciences and academia. “In the first part of his presentation he described several causes for the demise of secularism and the resurgence of religion.”
- The Pericope Adulterae: Many textual critics doubt the authenticity of the story in John 7:53-8:11, commonly known as the the story of Jesus and the Adultress. This author examines the internal probability (v. external) of the reliability of this text, specifically, “(1) that its style and vocabulary differ from the rest of Johnï¿½s Gospel and (2) that it interrupts the flow and themes of Johnï¿½s Gospel.”
- Critiquing Ehrman: Bart Ehrman’s Misquoting Jesus has garnered plenty of attention. Here’s an interesting review of his book.
- Successfully Saving Marriages: The National Institute for Marriage reports a 98% success rate in saving trouble marriages. While that figure sounds inflated, they might be doing something right.
- Churches Don’t Do Politics: A new study finds taht most US Churches are “fairly uninvolved” in politics. That is, if you trust self-reporting ;)
- Born Again v. Evangelical: 45% of Americans say they are Born Again. But only 9% qualify as Evangelical. Barna is cofirming what we know – most who call themselves Christians don’t know the bible. This is old news to most of us, since Barna’s book has been out a while, but it’s good to bring this up until it is fixed.