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ABC News (HT: Michael Bird) and the AFP (HT: Jim Davila) are reporting that the regional court in Cologne, Germany, has rendered a verdict that makes involuntary circumcision on religious grounds illegal, although the practice remains permissible if done for medical reasons. The decision follows on the treatment of a four-year-old Muslim boy for post-operative bleeding and the prosecution of the doctor who had performed the procedure.
Jim Davila comments that “banning circumcision didn’t work out very well for Antiochus Epiphanes.” In addition, the court commented that:
The body of the child is irreparably and permanently changed by a circumcision. . . . This change contravenes the interests of the child to decide later on his religious beliefs. (via AFP)
Via Michael Bird:
I’m glad to announce that my Ph.D padwan Adam Copenhaver has passed his doctoral viva. His thesis was: “The Colossian Heresy? An Investigation of the Christological Polemics and Socio-Cultural Background in Colossians.” Adam boldly argued for M.D. Hooker’s position that there was no specific “heresy” or “heretics” in Colossae, and Colossians was written as a general exhortation against a variety of possible religious encroachments against a cluster of house churches in the interior of the Lycus Valley.
Adam is a cohort from Westminster. We’ve kept in touch a bit since then, and it’s a delight to see that his thesis’s passage is now official.
On the web:
- The Society of Biblical Literature releases Christo Lombaard, ed., The Old Testament and Christian Spirituality: Theoretical and Practical Essays from a South African Perspective.
- Brian LePort comments on Craig Evans, Joel Lohr, and David Petersen, eds., The Book of Genesis: Composition, Reception, and Interpretation.
- Michael Kruger anticipates Carl Trueman, The Creedal Imperative, scheduled for release in September.
On the web:
- Stephen Carlson’s dissertation on Galatians’ textual history is now available online in PDF format.
- Joel Willitts ponders “what to do with the story of Israel.”
- Tony Peterson reviews the recent Tokens show at Lipscomb University that featured Miroslav Volf, Saeed Khan, and Fred Gray, among a number of musicians.
- Brian LePort considers Everett Ferguson’s discussion of Tertullian.
- Joseph Kelly reviews some recent discussion of the referent(s) of “Torah” when used in the Hebrew Bible.
Sunday’s New York Times had a disquieting article about a potentially dramatic increase in substance abuse among teens for the sake of improved academic performance:
The boy exhaled. Before opening the car door, he recalled recently, he twisted open a capsule of orange powder and arranged it in a neat line on the armrest. He leaned over, closed one nostril and snorted it.
Throughout the parking lot, he said, eight of his friends did the same thing.
The drug was not cocaine or heroin, but Adderall, an amphetamine prescribed for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder that the boy said he and his friends routinely shared to study late into the night, focus during tests and ultimately get the grades worthy of their prestigious high school in an affluent suburb of New York City. The drug did more than just jolt them awake for the 8 a.m. SAT; it gave them a tunnel focus tailor-made for the marathon of tests long known to make or break college applications.
“Everyone in school either has a prescription or has a friend who does,” the boy said.
For the full article, see here.
On the Web:
- Paul Barrett is now blogging (HT: Michael Bird).
- The Israel Antiquities Authority issues a press release with further information about the recently discovered Bar Kokhba-era coin and jewelry cache (HT: Jim Davila).
- Ray Bradbury has passed away. Robert Woods posts a brief tribute and considers how Bradbury’s Something Wicked This Way Comes sits within Mortimer Adler’s framework for identifying “Great Books.”
- Richard Keeling and Richard Hersh argue for the importance of culture change in higher education.
On the web:
- The new Journal for the Evangelical Study of the Old Testament is openly accessible online (HT: Charles Jones).
- Keith Williams reflects on the “clouded” use of technology in the classroom.
- Ancient World Online has a new plugin for WordPress.org users.
- Stephen Carlson reflects on the placement of the “burden of proof.”
- Mark Goodacre discusses Steve Walton and David Wenham’s treatment of the synoptic problem in their Exploring the New Testament.
- Colin Kruse’s replacement for Leon Morris’s commentary on Romans in the Pillar New Testament Commentary is soon to be available (HT: Logos Bible Software).
- Charles Jones notes the availability of a Christian Art index.
- A Bar Kokhba-era cache of coins and jewelry has been discovered (HT: Jim Davila).