The Missing Links – April 1, 2012

The front side (recto) of Papyrus 1, a New Tes...

The front side (recto) of Papyrus 1, a New Testament manuscript of the Gospel of Matthew. Most likely originated in Egypt. Also part of the Oxyrhynchus Papyri (P. oxy. 2).

Dr. Bryant G. Wood recently presented lectures on “Archaeology and the Conquest: New Evidence on an Old Problem.”  Wood is editor of Bible and Spade, and director of the Excavations at Khirbet el-Maqatir (suggested as a possible site for Biblical Ai). Four separate talks cover:

  • Background and Chronology of the Exodus and Conquest
  • Digging Up the Truth at Jericho
  • The Discovery of Joshua’s Ai
  • Great Archaeological Discoveries Related to the Old Testament

Alexander Pruss points to a new blog on the philosophy of cosmology.

Daniel Wallace and Bart Ehrman debate on the topic: “Is the original New Testament lost?”

A new article on “Platonism and Theism” is up at the Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy.

Alvin Plantinga lectures on “Religion and Science: Why Does the Debate Continue?” at Rainier Beach Presbyterian Church in Seattle Washington

Craig Blomberg writes on “Jesus of Nazareth: How Historians Can Know Him and Why It Matters” (PDF). 

Peter S. Williams engages with the question “Can Moral Objectivism Do Without God?”

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The Missing Links – Nov. 21, 2011

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Max Andrews shares his Top Ten Philosophy, Science, and Theology Podcasts

J. P. Moreland talks about the argument from consciousness at last week’s ETS/EPS meeting in San Francisco (video).

Craig Blomberg discusses the historical Jesus and the reliability of the Bible (video).

Atheist philosopher Daniel Came criticizes Richard Dawkins’s decision not to debate William Lane Craig.

Chad Meister writes on “Atheists and the Quest for Objective Morality.”

Similarly, William Lane Craig lectures on the question “Is God Necessary for Morality” at Boston College Law School.

A distinguished group of evangelical scholars discuss the impact of the King James Version of the Bible (audio).

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Free Education and Free Books

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Ah, what a wonderful concept!  One of the best things to happen online in the last couple of years is the proliferation of free college and seminary classes and, increasingly, free access to books or portions of books.

For seminary classes, the best site by far that I’ve discovered is Biblical Training.  Here you can download complete seminary course lectures on mp3 taught by well-known evangelicals like Douglas Stuart, Robert Stein, Craig Blomberg, Bruce Ware, and many others.  All that’s required is an initial free registration.

iTunes U also has some great courses available from seminaries.

For a nice list of other sources of free learning, see the article “Top Ten Tools for a Free Online Education” posted today by Lifehacker, and this collection by Mashable.  In addition, the Open Culture blog has a comprehensive listing of courses organized by subject, and frequently posts news about other lectures and talks by prominent scholars and thinkers.

For a very nice list of sources of free e-books, see “50 Places to Find Free Books Online” posted by Education Portal.

If you know of other sources and sites, please share them in the comments section, or email me at, and I’ll post them in the future.

It’s never been easier to learn about the most interesting subjects from some of the best scholars alive today.  And that’s a real good thing.

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