Have We Been Going About This All Wrong? Fun With Conspiracy Theories

A cartoon from XKCD (HT P. Z. Myers) illustrates a different approach to conspiracy theories: combating like with like. How might that be applied to some of the conspiracy theories that regularly get discussed here? I wonder what would happen if someone played mythicists’ conspiracy theories off against others: Might one, for example, be able [Read More...]

Doubt as Sacred Duty

Today in my freshman class “Faith, Doubt and Reason” the text for discussion was Rene Descartes’ Meditations on First Philosophy. One point I sought to highlight early on is Descartes’ understanding of doubt as a sacred duty: Descartes’ skeptical approach to knowledge and reasoning was an expression of his religious faith, with the aim both [Read More...]

How To Make My Spidey-Scar Sense a Disturbance in the Time Vortex

This has been around for a while, but since Bob Cargill shared it and said that it would tick me off four times over, I figured I had best mention it… In other somewhat related news, Chris Brady and Bob Cargill are working on a project called Sacred Techs. Mason uses Doctor Who to reflect [Read More...]

Mythicism and Paul’s Claims to Supernatural Revelation

Mythicists regularly claim (as one commenter on this blog recently did) regarding Paul that “Our earliest Christian source claimed to have learned nothing from the Christians who came before him.  He claimed to know what he knew by divine revelation.” Since the subject has come up once again, in the same form in which it [Read More...]

Doctor Who: The Edge of Destruction

The short (two part) story “The Edge Of Destruction” (the second part to which bears the title “The Brink of Despair”) was the first story to be told solely within the TARDIS and involving the Doctor and his regular companions. This was at least partly motivated by budgetary concerns, but in fact the story works [Read More...]

LOL (Venn Diagram)

I came across a Venn diagram recently that made me laugh out loud (OK, not really), which looked like this: Since I couldn’t remember where I saw it, I looked for a way to create a Venn diagram myself online, and discovered Creately. [Read more...]

On Rejected Ideas for Biblical Art

HT The Sacred Page. See 1 Samuel 18:27 if you don’t get it. [Read more...]

Quote of the Day (Tony Campolo)

I have three things I’d like to say today. First, while you were sleeping last night, 30,000 kids died of starvation or diseases related to malnutrition. Second, most of you don’t give a shit. What’s worse is that you’re more upset with the fact that I said shit than the fact that 30,000 kids died [Read More...]

Matthew Accuracy, Spurious Quotations and the Historical Jesus

Mark Goodacre has two posts up that are relevant to oral tradition and the historical study of Jesus. One is about a quotation attributed to the Dalai Lama on the internet but which is spurious. Here’s the image that sums the matter up: A while back I had wanted to share this quote, which is [Read More...]

Longing for Magic and Miracle (Is Science Fiction Simply Fantasy?)

A question to which I keep returning is whether science fiction is fundamentally different than fantasy. Both have worlds very different than our own, battles between good and evil, monsters, heroes, and usually even energy weapons of some sort. Obviously the difference is that there is at least a pretense of scientific basis in science [Read More...]

Quote of the Day (From a Review of Jesus Potter Harry Christ by Bob O’Hara)

Bob O’Hara has written a review of Jesus Potter Harry Christ: The Fascinating Parallels Between Two of the World’s Most Popular Literary Characters, a mythicist book by Derek Murphy, for The Guardian. Here’s a taste: I really enjoyed reading the book. But there it suffers from one large flaw: the argument is a load of [Read More...]


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