I flew into Seattle from Changsha, China three days ago. Lots of things to say on my blog have occurred to me since I last posted here directly (rather than sending the article to James, and asking him to post). So I'm hoping to post a bunch of stuff this summer -- there's so much to talk about.
The first day after my return, therefore, I posted a long critique of an attack on the gospels by a young Classics scholar named Matthew Ferguson. Quite a few people read the thing, though there were no comments yet.
Looking it over this afternoon, I felt a twinge of embarrassment. The post was too disorganized, too rambling, and lacked some crucial empirical evidence. In some places my wording was a little too strident, as well. So much for writing epics with jet lag.
So I've moved that article temporarily back to "draft" mode. I'll fix it up, offer a more thorough analysis of some of the works Ferguson cites, and hopefully post it again within a few days. If my head weren't starting to swim a bit again, I might even promise later this evening. But there's a good chance I'll be asleep by then.
In the meanwhile, as they say, a picture is worth a thousand words. These might be worth more than that. Here are some photos I took in the past few days, in some cases hours before my flight on Friday morning. The flowers grow in the lotus fields just over the little hill from our school.