Lady Hope in the Matrix

Reformed Baptist pointed out to me an interesting article available online, which tells of the connection between a famous scholar of the Greek New Testament and the Lady Hope hoax claiming that Darwin repented of the theory of evolution. The story also tells of a postcard from an individual who would later be a famous [Read More...]

Happy 200th Birthday!

Happy birthday to you Happy birthday to you Happy birthday dear Charlie Happy birthday to you! (And to you too, Abe!) [Read more...]

Why Modern Fundamentalism Shakes Confidence in the Bible

Christian Fundamentalists tell everyone that they ought to accept the truthfulness of the Bible. It is painfully ironic, therefore, that the character of fundamentalism has the effect of powerfully undermining the confidence of those who investigate or think seriously about its historicity. Think about it. Someone like N. T. Wright can come along and make [Read More...]

Have We LOST Charlotte?

With a title like that, I suppose anyone trying to avoid spoilers about tonight’s episode will have already averted their eyes. But as LOST gets more interesting in all sorts of science fictiony ways, I imagine those who are disliking the disclosure of the series’ true genre are getting more and more annoyed. But let’s [Read More...]

Roald Dahl’s “Little Red Riding Hood and the Wolf”

Here’s my son reciting Roald Dahl’s hilarious poem “Little Red Riding Hood and the Wolf” (from his Revolting Rhymes): [Read more...]

LOST Mirror Matter

A student drew my attention to an interesting LOST meta-theory, in other words, an attempt to find a unifying thread that relates the physics and the mythology of LOST in an overarching explanatory framework. This one focuses on mirror matter. Fans of the show, those fascinated by physics, and people with too much time on [Read More...]

Big Yellow Taxi, Bruckner’s Symphonies and Scholarly Confusion Between Orality and Quantum Mechanics

Blogging is a great place to think out loud and present things in ways and with illustrations that one might not consider appropriate in a scholarly paper. As it happens, I’m getting ready to read a paper about oral tradition and the Synoptic Gospels at the Midwest Society of Biblical Literature Conference. I’m also reading [Read More...]

The Clever Badger on the Burial of Jesus

A review of my book The Burial of Jesus has been posted at The Clever Badger blog. Do take a look! [Read more...]

Christian Spam

I had someone leave a comment on the last post that had nothing whatsoever to do with it. It was a long evangelistic appeal, in essence, that used Pascal’s wager (without giving credit and probably without knowing who Pascal was) and a lot of end-times pseudo-Biblical nonsense. As a rule I do not delete comments [Read More...]

Ottorino Respighi, Berceuse

My son and I performed Ottorino Respighi’s Berceuse (No.1 from his Six Pieces for Violin and Piano). He played the violin, and I accompanied him on the piano. This has long been one of my favorite pieces of music for violin and piano. I hope you enjoy the video! [Read more...]

Gabriel McKee’s Evil Twin?

If you haven’t seen it already, Gabriel McKee has written a review, entitled “Wrong on Religion; Wrong on Science Fiction”, for Internet Review of Science Fiction. It is a review of a book by James Herrick that I’ve also reviewed (my review gets mentioned in McKee’s). [Read more...]