Mythlocating the Firmament

I have been told that Earl Doherty is one of the more persuasive mythicists, although I have never found him to be so. One reason is his treatment of the cosmology that was taken for granted by most people in the Greco-Roman world, a system that would later go by the name of the Ptolemaic cosmology. It predominated [Read More...]

Indianapolis Violin Competition

I had the pleasure of being present for most of tonight’s finale in the 2010 Indianapolis Violin Competition. Unfortunately being there as a family meant we couldn’t stay until the very end and hear the judges’ decision. But we got to enjoy live performances of the Sibelius and Tchaikovsky violin concertos. Neither piece ever made [Read More...]

Breaking News: Independent Islamic Republic of Minnesota Arrests Bacon-Eaters

No, that headline doesn’t reflect reality. But it sounds like the impression this Fox news report gives: Someone I know sent the above clip to me, and I was astonished not by the events underlying it but the bigotry and misrepresentation in the reporting. In another recent post, I mentioned a bakery refusing to sell [Read More...]

The End of God?: A Horizon Guide to Science and Religion

The Dispersal of Darwin shared this documentary on religion and science (broken into four parts on YouTube). I’ve watched part of it and it is worth passing on. The documentary is hosted by Thomas Dixon, author of Science and Religion: A Very Short Introduction. [Read more...]

Gay in Indiana? It Gets Better – But You Still Might Not Get Cupcakes

In response to the suicide of a bullied gay teenager in Indiana, a project telling stories of those who have survived such mistreatment when they were younger and gone on to be happy has been started, emphasizing “It Gets Better” (HT Pharyngula): But as Jen McCreight shared, you may not be able to get [Read More...]

David and Goliath in Live-Action Legos!

Students in my classes, and I myself, regularly use images from The Brick Testament in powerpoint presentations. But this is the first time I’ve come across a live-action rendition of a Biblical story using LEGOs. Know Thyself [Read more...]

Put the Weapon Down, Abraham!

My students in “Faith, Doubt and Reason” have been thinking about the story of Abraham nearly sacrificing Isaac in conversation with Plato’s Euthyphro, Clifford’s “The Ethics of Belief” and other readings from this semester. And so this cartoon from The Ongoing Adventures of ASBO Jesus seemed particularly worth sharing… It’s actually pretty much the same [Read More...]

The Event, LOST and the Book of Job

In my course on the Book of Revelation yesterday, we found ourselves talking about the Book of Job, which had also been the topic in my course “Faith, Doubt and Reason” earlier the same day. Job and Revelation intersect on a number of points of commonality and contrast. Both address theodicy, but they disagree about [Read More...]

Star Wars Facebook

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Lostaholics Anonymous

Nikki Stafford is organizing Lostaholics Anonymous. When I have time, I may outline a twelve-step program, although the truth is that for many the issue is coping with symptoms of withdrawal, rather than ongoing addiction… [Read more...]

Mythicism and Mainstream Historical Method

I thought I’d share a link to the Wikipedia entry on “Historical Method.” Obviously it is an attempt to outline and summarize what several other books about historical method (only a couple of which I have read or consulted, but in relation to those it seems to get the gist about right). I share it not because [Read More...]