The Road

I finally saw the movie The Road recently. It offers a profoundly disturbing depiction of a post-apocalypse world in which scarcely any living thing has survived other than humans, and even though many humans have died either by starvation or suicide, others try to continue to survive, whether by scavenging for any food they can [Read More...]

Fundamentalist Christianity vs. the Sneaky Gay Agenda

Several bloggers have discussed the video below, and rather than commenting on all of their blogs, I thought I might as well share my thoughts here. I thought it was a joke when they said that proponents of the “gay agenda” are “sneaky” and then explained that their tactics include the following: They have books [Read More...]

By Their (Conservative) Fruits You Shall Know Them: Conservative Christians Use Liberal Arguments to Defend Association with Glenn Beck

An article on CNN’s religion blog mentions some arguments and explanations used by conservative Evangelical Christians to defend their support of, or association with, Glenn Beck, who is a Mormon. What struck me most, and made it seem worth sharing, is that the arguments in question are ones that have been used for a very long [Read More...]

The Atheist’s Hymnal

Steve Martin performs the one song in the Atheist Hymnal (HT Jesus Needs New PR): [Read more...]

Vaughan Williams Archive

Today is the second day of classes this semester at Butler, and the first day two of my classes meet. For everyone starting their semester, here is some music by Ralph Vaughan Williams to encourage and inspire you, courtesy of the Internet Archive. Serenade to Music The Lark Ascending Fantasia on Greensleeves Fantasia on a [Read More...]

Writing The Dead Sea Scrolls

Thanks to David Stark for posting video of the recent National Geographic documentary “Writing the Dead Sea Scrolls” starring none other than biblioblogger Bob Cargill. [Read more...]

The Colbert Report on the “Ground Zero Mosque” and whether Barack Obama is a Muslim or a Christian

The Colbert Report Mon – Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30c The Word – Losing His Religion Colbert Report Full Episodes 2010 Election Fox News HT Jesus Needs New PR [Read more...]

The LOST Themes #1: Destiny

Having been asked not that long ago about video clips that bring together religiously significant moments from LOST, I want to share what will hopefully provide that soon: a YouTube video series that has just begun, focused on major themes on LOST (HT Nikki Stafford). The first is on DESTINY: [Read more...]

Hurtado, Dunn, and Gathercole on the Pre-Existence and Worship of Jesus in New Testament Christology

Larry Hurtado announced on his blog that his review of James D. G. Dunn’s latest book has been published. He also shared a link to something he wrote about Martin Hengel’s impact on English-speaking scholarship. Nick Norelli shared recordings of lectures by Simon Gathercole on Jesus’ pre-existence. I still find Simon’s view unpersuasive. No amount [Read More...]

Neutrality Disputed

As I prepare to focus more attention in my classes this semester on critically evaluating sources of information, here are two links that are useful. First, my colleague Brad Matthies co-authored this article which provides an acronym (CRITIC) that can be useful in remembering what to look for when assessing the reliability of a source. [Read More...]

Quote of the Day (Adele Berlin)

“Above all, we must keep in mind that narrative is a form of representation. Abraham in Genesis is not a real person any more than a painting of an apple is a real fruit. This is not a judgment on the existence of a historical Abraham any more than it is a statement about the existence [Read More...]