On The Trail Of Bullgeschichte

My quest for NT Wrong took me across vast stretches of time and space. Today’s quest took me to unexpected places, too, but the end is one I ought to have seen coming. I’ve been discussing mythicism as well as oral tradition, both in relation to the historical figure of Jesus, on this blog in [Read More...]

Androids and Antiquity Around the Blogosphere

IO9 asks whether androids pray to electric gods. Galactica Sitrep tells us all the places we can get access to Battlestar Galactica episodes. John Morehead will be turning his attention to Mormon myth and sacred narrative. Ancient World Online and Horothesia share links to online ancient sources, such as the Nag Hammadi texts and the [Read More...]

Review of Keith Ward, The Big Questions in Science and Religion

Here’s the Table of Contents for my multi-post review of Keith Ward, The Big Questions in Science and Religion (West Conshohocken: Templeton Foundation Press, 2008): Introduction and a Quotation Chapter 1: How Did The Universe Begin? Chapter 2: How Will the Universe End? Chapter 3: Is Evolution Compatible with Creation? Chapter 4: Do the Laws [Read More...]

Latest (Last?) Dharma Special Access Videos

The 8th (and perhaps final?) Dharma Special Access videos have been posted. The first is a sneak peek at a Hurley-centric moment in the season premiere. The second is the “faces of LOST”, and I can’t help but feel that the backgrounds and settings in which the photos of the cast were taken are symbolic [Read More...]

Keith Ward, Big Questions in Science and Religion 10: Does Science Allow for Revelation and Divine Action?

The final chapter in Keith Ward’s book The Big Questions in Science and Religion focuses on the question of divine action. This is, in essence, the biggest question for a religious worldview interacting with modern science: What does God do? Ward begins by emphasizing the need to address such questions from a well-informed perspective: “Unfortunately, [Read More...]

Ken Olson’s Review of The Jesus Legend

Ken Olson has written an insightful review of Eddy and Boyd’s The Jesus Legend. It touches on a number of issues that I’m currently working on, such as oral tradition and historical reliability. I highly recommend it! [Read more...]

Speaking of what we do not know

A while ago I shared a video offering a “review” of LOST by someone who hadn’t seen it. Well, even funnier is this video in which someone who has never seen a Star Wars movie all the way to the end trying to piece together what happens in the trilogy. You will cry laughing! http://vimeo.com/moogaloop.swf?clip_id=2809991&server=vimeo.com&show_title=1&show_byline=1&show_portrait=0&color=&fullscreen=1Star [Read More...]

Review of Biblical Literature Blog

Review of Biblical Literature has just announced that from now on it will also be maintaining a blog, providing both an additional format for accessing book reviews and a forum in which they can be discussed. The address is http://rblnewsletter.blogspot.com/ [Read more...]

Yahweh or No Way

Stephen Colbert is always entertaining, and his new segment “Yahweh or No Way” is no exception. The clip below touches on one subject mentioned here very recently, and is worth watching all the way to the end: .cc_box a:hover .cc_home{background:url(‘http://www.comedycentral.com/comedycentral/video/assets/syndicated-logo-over.png’) !important;}.cc_links a{color:#b9b9b9;text-decoration:none;}.cc_show a{color:#707070;text-decoration:none;}.cc_title a{color:#868686;text-decoration:none;}.cc_links a:hover{color:#67bee2;text-decoration:underline;} The Colbert ReportMon – Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30c Yahweh or [Read More...]

Fourth Picture Meme

I’ve been known to pass on a good meme now and then. I’ve also at least once meant to return to one and failed to do so. Jim West tagged me on one that I’d just as gladly ignored. The rules are as follows: Go to the 4th folder in your computer where you store [Read More...]

Mistaken Memories

Working on the subject of oral tradition has further exposed me to the fascinating field of psychology of memory. Not only is our memory of stories we’ve heard fallible, but our own memories of our own experiences are plagued by the same issues. And so even if Richard Bauckham is right about the importance of [Read More...]