You’ve found the blog of Robert M. Bowman Jr., better known as Rob Bowman. No, not the guy that directed episodes of The X-Files, Star Trek: The Next Generation, and other classy shows. What I do is much more interesting: I explore the strange old worlds of the Bible, seek out new answers to new questions that skeptics and people of other religions ask, and in general boldly go where few Christian apologists have gone before. I am the executive director at the Institute for Religious Research and the author of a dozen books including Putting Jesus in His Place: The Case for the Deity of Christ, which I co-authored with my good friend Ed Komoszewski.
If you were searching for Robert M. Bowman the aerospace scientist, Air Force combat veteran, and peace activist, that was my father. He passed away on August 22, 2013.
Yesterday was my 60th birthday, so this seemed a good time to launch this personal blog site. I have needed a personal blog for some time for three reasons. First, my work is scattered on the web in various places and this is a way to bring all of it together. Second, sometimes I want to comment on matters outside the usual subject areas of the ministry and academic websites where I do most of my writing. I might even want to talk about something personal. So this is where I will do these things. I’ll also announce new resources of interest here as they become available. Third, although I will continue to use Facebook, I want a place to post my thoughts on various topics where the material is easier to organize, control, and find.
I am under no illusions that there will be heavy traffic coming to this site, but I will allow comments as long as they are constructive, civil, and appropriate. See the page “Commenting on This Site” (in the black bar near the top of the page) if you are interested in posting a comment here.
The title of this blog was chosen to express my objective in everything I write. To what extent I consistently hit the target will no doubt be a matter of debate.
Awesome Rob. Glad you are doing this!
Thank you for starting this blog
Excellent idea Rob, I will be a regular visitor.
Excellent idea! Now you need a “subscribe” button (unless I’m missing one in plain sight).
Yep. Found it. In plain sight.
Thank you for this Rob! I have been learning from your work since the late 1980’s.
Great beginning; well done.
Which manuscript at top graphics? Must be Hebrew – left to right. I tried to magnify it, but too blurry. I can see the pages stitched together – Dead Sea scroll?
Richard Hornick (Joel’s father-in-law).
Richard, thanks for that encouragement. Yes, it’s an image of the Great Isaiah Scroll, one of the most famous biblical manuscripts discovered in the Dead Sea Scrolls.