Tuesday, July 04, 2006

Looking Back

One week from today, on 7/11, The Busybody will be one year old. After 305 blogposts I'm still at it. It's been a fun ride.

Because Blogger's archiving is so primitive, I thought this would be an opportune time to revisit some of the best posts from the past year which haven't already been placed on the sidebar. Consider this a birthday carnival for the next week.

I want to thank my readers for visiting, commenting over the past year, and for making the blogosphere an enjoyable place to be. Next Tuesday, on 7/11, we'll kick off year #2. In the meantime, enjoy this trip down memory lane... and happy Independence Day to American readers.

Honor-Shame. How relevant is the bible in western culture?

Millenialism or Myth? It's better to be a mythicist than a mimimalist, though neither one cuts it.

The Shameless Hussy of Mk 7:24-30/Mt 15:21-28. Jesus was gratified by the pagan woman who managed to outwit him.

Top 10 Books of the Bible. My favorites.

Lk 17:20-21 and the Apocalypse. Jesus' evasive retort to the Pharisees.

Scholars to Spend Time With. One of my favorite blogposts.

Q: Skeptical Brits, Credulous Americans. Americans are more trendy than Brits, and perhaps more prone to believe in that which cannot be seen.

The Angry Healer. Jesus told a man to get lost for challenging his ability to heal.

20 Years is a Long Time. Christians required Gentiles to adopt the Torah as the apocalypse kept being delayed.

John Meier's Unpapal Conclave Experiment and The Conclave's Results. A diverse group finds at least some common ground on the historical Jesus.

Professionals and Amateurs I and II. Professional training isn't a pre-requisite for good biblical interpretation.

Jesus and Us. My favorite quote from the past year: Dale Allison says the historical Jesus can do very little for us.

4 Comments:

Blogger J. Archer said...

Congrats on the birthday. ;) Thanks for all the interesting, informative, thought-provoking, and life-changing things (not drastic in my case, if you were wondering) you've written.

7/04/2006  
Blogger Buddy Boone said...

Loren,

I have been reading your blog all along and have enjoyed and learned from it. My favorite post to date is Schweitzer's Legacy. I discovered Dale Allison's work through your blog and will be forever grateful.

7/05/2006  
Blogger Stephen (aka Q) said...

I've just read your post, "Q: Skeptical Brits, Credulous Americans". Re Kloppenborg: I just wanted to point out, as a Canadian, that the religious climate is very different between Canada and the USA. Of particular note, there is virtually no such thing as a fundamentalist movement here — well, perhaps a little in Western Canada.

Our history vis-à-vis Britain is very different than that of the USA.

Admittedly, over the decades, there has been a gradual reorientation away from Britain and toward the USA, due to economic realities.

Still, I seriously doubt you can discount Kloppenborg's position on the grounds that he is (North) American! That bucket won't hold water.

7/05/2006  
Blogger Rick Sumner said...

Congrats on the anniversary!

Just to add to what Q said above, even in Alberta, unquestionably the most conservative province in Canada, Fundamentalism isn't any sort of organized movement. I live in the hub of Canadian conservativism (Calgary), and could count on my hands the number of genuine Fundamentalists I've ever met. They're a rare breed up here.

7/08/2006  

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