Around the Fringe of the Blogosphere

A few bloggers have mentioned my article about mythicism in The Christian Century: Otagosh: “McGrath blasts the fringe” John Byron: “Did Jesus Exist?” (I also loved his name for this blog: “Exploring Our Matrix Together”!) Paleojudaica also shared a link [Read more...]

Jedi Church

Via Rod of Alexandria. For more Star Wars humor, see the commercial series from the UK that was shared recently at IO9. Also of interest, see John Morehead’s contribution to a Patheos book club conversation that I also will be joining in.   [Read more...]

2013 Conference on Mandaeism

I’d been waiting for an update on a conference which had initially been proposed to be held this summer. Here’s the updated information from the ARAM Society web site: Mandaeism, 25-28 July 2013 (University of Stockholm – Sweden) ARAM Society for Syro-Mesopotamian Studies is organizing its Thirty Seventh International Conference on the theme of Mandaeism, [Read More...]

Doctor Who and Christmas

All Doctor Who fans are eagerly waiting for the Christmas special. And I’m eagerly looking forward to talking about Doctor Who and Christmas (among other things) at the American Academy of Religion conference in November.  But there is another possible connection between Doctor Who and Christmas: as an explanation for why some people already have [Read More...]

Doctor Who: The Massacre of St. Bartholomew’s Eve

This episode from the third season of Doctor Who, “The Massacre of St. Bartholemew’s Eve,” focuses on events in 16th century France, when the spread of Protestantism has led to tensions between Catholics and the Protestant Huguenots. Like many but not all episodes in which the time travelers land in Earth’s past, this episode focuses [Read More...]


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