This weekend Skarphedin set out to embarrass other bloggers. First he put up a thoughtful description of twenty-five things about the New Testament that make him skeptical. (I expect I’ll be working through the list and responding to an item or two at a time over the course of the next month or so.) He then followed that up with a series of cultural surveys: Ancient Quotations: the golden rule in positive form (a very judicious selection); Ancient quotations: returning evil with good; Comparing Christianity & Judaism with surrounding cultures; Ancient quotations: equality. Altogether a pretty amazing set of resources for thinking about Christianity and comparing its values with those of other ancient cultures and philosophies—and more generally for getting a sense of moral thought in the ancient world.