LOST Rewatch: Enter 77

As the party heads north looking for Jack, they find a cow with a bell around its neck, and then a building with a satellite dish on top and other animals around it, and the man with the eye patch they had seen on the screen in the Pearl station. Danielle has never been there [Read More...]

Handling Ancient Artifacts

The handling of mummy masks by Josh McDowell, allegedly in the interest of getting his hands (literally) on a first-century copy of Mark and perhaps other New Testament texts, has been getting a lot of attention. Some – including me at one point – have missed exactly what he said as a result of not watching the video [Read More...]

Exobus

From Inherit the Mirth we get the untold story of the Exodus. HT Allan Bevere. [Read more...]

LOST Rewatch: Tricia Tanaka is Dead

In a flashback, Hurley’s father tells him that hope is never stupid, and “in this world, you gotta make your own luck.” On the island, we see Hurley talking about his experience, and being scared most of his time on the island, except when he was with Libby. He is talking to her, at her [Read More...]

What Could a Fisherman Compose?

I shared a link to a blog post by Jonathan Bernier a while back, which questioned the relevance of the purported employment of the traditionally-proposed author of the Fourth Gospel. Here’s a list which someone put together of occupations of tannaitic rabbis: The sages of the Talmud worked at many diverse occupations. For instance, Hillel was [Read More...]

LOST Rewatch: Stranger in a Strange Land

Tom Friendly tells Jack they are moving him. Jack says that if they are going to kill him, they should have the honesty not to call it “moving” him. Tom asks Jack what kind if people he thinks they are. he says the kind of people that would kidnap a pregnant woman, hang Charlie from [Read More...]

Wonder is the First Step Towards Further Knowledge

“Wonder at the things that are before you, making this the first step to further knowledge” – Jesus, in the Gospel according to Matthias. Quoted by Clement of Alexandria (Miscellanies 2.9.45) The background image is a photograph taken by Chris Murphy.   [Read more...]

The Five-Fingered Theology of The Simpsons

A collection of trivia about The Simpsons mentioned that God and Jesus are the only characters depicted with five fingers. Any thoughts on the symbolic significance of this? Any thoughts on how this relates to the four-toed statue on LOST? [Read more...]

LOST Rewatch: Flashes Before Your Eyes

The episode begins with Charlie searching through Sawyer’s stash of stuff. Desmond asks Charlie and Hurley to come with him. Locke and Sayid break the news about Eko having died. Locke says, “The island killed him.” Suddenly Desmond sets off running through the jungle, jumping into the ocean and swimming to rescue Claire. Charlie shouts [Read More...]

Where Does Money Come From?

I found this Dilbert cartoon amusing. It relates to questions of the relationship of God and mammon, but also serves as a comical parable of the supposed issues that people come up with in relation to biological evolution. It is often hard to recognize when a current state of affairs is not explained well by simply [Read More...]

Prophetic Blizzard

I had students reading some of the Hebrew prophets recently. I pointed out to them that they never threaten people with punishment in an afterlife. Instead it is always judgment within history. Plagues, famines, pestilence, earthquakes, war, and so on. Do you know what else the Israelite prophets never threaten their nations with? Blizzards. Freak snowstorms. That is worth [Read More...]


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