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on being a Bibliogian©

Posted by PeteEnns on May 16, 2015 in general (dis)interst 33 Comments

By the power vested in me by the Internet, I hereby invent a new word, Bibliogian©. Anytime you use it footnote me and send me $1. Theologians, church historians, and philosophers have their own words. So why can’t I? Hi, my name’s Tim and I’m a philosopher. My name’s Susan and I’m a historian. My

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Was George Washington a Christian? (and the answer is….)

Posted by PeteEnns on October 5, 2014 in general (dis)interst 51 Comments

I came across this article written back in 2008 by Dr. Robert Duffett, president of Dakota Wesleyan University at the time, and now president of Eastern University for just over a year. Duffett offers a perspective on the faith of our “founding father” that sobers popular notions of Washington being a church-going evangelical–not to mention our country founded from

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official and authoritative report on the EXTREMELY VITAL Society of Biblical Literature meeting in Baltimore

Posted by PeteEnns on November 25, 2013 in general (dis)interst No Comments

I just got back home from my trek to the annual major nerd geek fest called the Society of Biblical Literature meeting (“SBL” to insiders), where biblical scholars and doctoral students gather once a year, some to mark their territory, others to claim pack dominance, and still others to obsess over their intellectual inadequacies. In

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You call that a history course? THIS is a history course. (13.7 billion years in 10 lessons)

Posted by PeteEnns on August 24, 2013 in general (dis)interst No Comments

Just today I stumbled upon Big History Project, an online course geared toward high schoolers that–get this–takes students on a tour of 13.7 billion years of history in ten units. Bill Gates is providing ongoing support for the project, which at this point is accessible only to educators, but is being geared up for free

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In Other News, Germansrecognizetheyuseunnecessarilylongwords

Posted by PeteEnns on June 4, 2013 in general (dis)interst No Comments

Sorry folks, I can’t resist this. Apparently my years-long letter writing campaign has born fruit: Germany is officially dropping its longest word, 63 letters, the title of  a law regulating the testing of beef: Rindfleischetikettierungsüberwachungsaufgabenübertragungsgesetz. The article will even show you how to pronounce it, though you might want to be sitting down and wearing

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