The politics of punishment

By Rod Benson Rod outlines the real reason for the Southern Baptist Convention’s recent decision to sever ties with the Baptist World Alliance. One of the chief architects of the Southern Baptist Convention's "Conservative Resurgence," retired Texas appellate judge Paul Pressler. The Baptist World Alliance (BWA) is a fellowship of 211 Baptist unions and conventions …

75 books on faith and mental health

A friend recently asked me for recommendations of book resources addressing issues of faith and mental health. With a bit of scouting on my part, and the wisdom of my social media hive mind (thanks, everyone who contributed), I came up with this list of 75 titles covering a range of themes, problems and issues. …

Origins of the New Testament

Christianity has been described as “a religion of the book.” Other faiths also share this quality, but Christianity is a bookish religion in two important ways. First, it draws heavily on the Hebrew Scriptures for its history, theology and spirituality. Second, the New Testament books, along with those of the Old Testament (or Hebrew Bible), …

Scoping the academic literature

The first practical task in writing a literature review is scoping – a preliminary exploration of resources, including existing reviews, to assess issues of quality and planning. Scoping helps you determine which topics should be included or excluded in your literature search, and guides decisions about the structure of your review. Make a start Begin …

Who wrote the Gospel of Luke?

All the narrative books of the New Testament come to us as unsigned, anonymous documents. The first generation of readers probably knew who the authors of the New Testament books were, but oral tradition was not always passed on in the literary tradition. Scholars speak of “internal” and “external” evidence in support of authorship: clues …