Mythicism and John the Baptist

I’m struck that most of the mythicists I’ve spoken with accept the existence of John the Baptist. It is not at all clear why this should be the case. If the Gospels, which are the first texts to mention him, are mythical, possibly intended as allegories and nothing more, then why should we treat John [Read More...]

Strangest LOST Theory Yet?

Someone arrived at this blog after searching for the keywords “Is Richard the polar bear lost”. Although it is possible that this individual knows, or knows of, a polar bear named Richard, and is wondering if said polar bear has gone missing, it seems to me more likely that this person is asking a question [Read More...]

Coffee for Academics

Academics are notorious for coffee consumption – or tea in some cases. The caffeine helps us get through grading, teaching, and research. Many of us are also connoisseurs of the taste and appreciate a variety of special blends and roasts. I’ve thought of a great name for a coffee aimed at academic, liberal arts oriented [Read More...]

LOST, God and the Black Smoke

Here’s an interview with Terry O’Quinn who plays John Locke (or someone who looks like him most of the time) on LOST, talking about (among other things) God and good vs. evil on LOST. HT Doc Artz [Read more...]

Foretaste

This is for those who weren’t able to attend the Goodwin chair installation ceremony and are curious what I talked about: [Read more...]

God in Little Green Flesh?

Today in the religion and sci-fi class, we discussed some of the theological issues that arise at the intersection between Christianity and extraterrestrial intelligence, if the latter exists. The student who presented found a phenomenal number of images relevant to the subject. This one (found online here) is my favorite, as it sums up one [Read More...]

Is There Evidence For Mythicism?

The ongoing conversation has shown yet another parallel between mythicism and creationism. On the one hand, it seems increasingly clear that there is strictly speaking no “evidence” for mythicism. Positive evidence for mythicism would presumably involve some actual indication that someone somewhere invented the story of Jesus, not merely as the novelistic historical fiction that [Read More...]

Not All Atheists Are Mythicists

John Loftus has posted on the fact that not all atheists are mythicists. He offers some examples, as well as asking why mythicism seems to be gaining so much popularity and credence among atheists nowadays. The comments thus far are what you might expect: assertions about the alleged strengths of mythicism’s case, and still no [Read More...]

Oldest Bibles Online

Via the library I’ve been informed or reminded that two of our oldest Bible codices, the Aleppo Codex (the oldest complete Hebrew Bible) and Codex Sinaiticus (which includes the oldest complete Greek New Testament), are available online. [Read more...]

LOST: The Answer To Life, The Universe, And Everything

Here’s a thought about LOST. It is a theory, not a spoiler, but I think I may be on to something. The “candidates” have all been given numbers. Two things need to be noticed. First, one of them is numbered “42″ and I’m quite certain that the producers chose knowing full well that 42 is [Read More...]

Around the Blogosphere

Shai is using Google Earth to map the literature and artifacts of religious groups in Babylonia, including the Mandaeans. LacusCurtius and Livius have a blog post about Philemon and slavery in the Greco-Roman world. Andie Byrnes shares another review of Roger Bagnall’s Early Christian Books in Egypt. She also shares a link to an online [Read More...]


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