Around the Blogosphere in a Time Loop

April DeConick has concluded that the Jesus reconstructed by Norman Perrin and by the Jesus Seminar are “bankrupt”. She helpfully clarifies that this doesn’t lead her to a “mythicist” position, because “parallels between Jesus’ myth and other ancient myths tell us nothing about whether or not he lived as a real person. It only tells us that ancient people cast their memories of Jesus into mythological narratives and schema that were part of their culture and minds.”

Ben Witherington lets Martin and Barton interact on meaning and interpretation of the Bible, sharing before he’s done an experience of hitchhiking to the “four corners of the earth”..

There’s a debate between Bart Ehrman and James White, as well as the continuation of a discussion between James Crossley and Michael Bird.

Paul Levinson talks about the time-loop compass in LOST. IO9 has a fascinating post about whether Daniel Faraday named his rat after his mother, and whether he recognized her on the island in this past week’s episode. I’m starting to wonder whether Daniel Faraday is not only the son of Eloise Hawking, but also of Charles Widmore, and thus Penny’s brother. Penny looks a lot like the younger “Elly”, and perhaps it will be this revelation that will persuade Penny to accompany Desmond further on his journey, perhaps even to the island.

There are videos from a course at Stanford called Darwin’s Legacy, as well as other links to Darwin scholars at The Dispersal of Darwin. Gordon Glover is making video lectures by Dennis Venema available. John Pieret blogs the responses to Jerry Coyne’s recent piece on religion and science in Edge.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/03126711689901268060 Quixie

    James;The Pagan parallels are a small fraction of the mythicist case.Also, there are many Jesus Seminar Jesuses are there are members of the Jesus Seminar. Which one do you (or April) refer to? Are you saying that Perrin’s is emblematic of the group?Ó

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02561146722461747647 James F. McGrath

    I understood April to mean that none of the criteria used to assess sayings of Jesus, and come up with a reliable core, is enough to provide certainty beyond reasonable doubt, and thus any Jesus constructed from and around such sayings is all the more uncertain.Why not ask April herself over on her blog?

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/03232781356086767207 AIGBusted

    I agree with April, although I think that if we have a figure who is cast in the same mold as other mythical deities we should be suspicious of his existence IF AND ONLY IF we do not have a strong historical case to make for this figure.


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