More Evidence that Creationists are Charlatans

Cdbren has been a persistent commenter on some threads about creationism here, insisting that creationists are not liars and denying his ignorance about science even when it has been blatant. While the ability to edit comments after the fact is useful both for correcting inadvertent mistakes and for covering up evidence of one’s major blunders, [Read More...]

Secret Agents Calvin and Hobbes

IO9 shared depictions (created by Coran Stone, also known as Kizer180) of a grown-up Calvin and Hobbes having become action heroes, fighting against a Winnie the Pooh and Christopher Robin who have turned to evil. Why am I sharing this? Not because it has anything to do with this blog, but just because it is [Read More...]

Thor: A World Where Magic and Science are the Same

I finally got around to watching the movie Thor last night and early this morning, and I’m glad I did. Thor has always been an interesting character in the realm of comic book superheroes. Others were godlike or messianic in character, and the lines between sci-fi and the supernatural, always blurry even at the best [Read More...]

Doctor Who: The Rescue

The Doctor Who story “The Rescue” is a relatively short (two-part) but nevertheless powerful episode. With “The Dalek Invasion of Earth” having seen the departure of Susan, “The Rescue” introduces a new young girl to fill the function she did, namely providing a relatively young person’s perspective and involvement in the action. In fact, it [Read More...]

Top 10 Posts of 2011?

Many bloggers mention their most popular posts of the year in an end-of-year post. I plan to do the same. But I am also curious to hear which ones were the favorites of regular readers, too. What goes viral, and what is of interest to regular readers, is not always the same thing. What would [Read More...]

Did Jesus Exist? A Place to Discuss without a 500 Character Limit

I made a video some time ago, and it continues to get visits from the occasional mythicist who rejects the argument and wants to be persuaded that Jesus existed in 500 characters or less. I’m sharing the video again here in the hope that perhaps the commenter currently wasting time over there might come here [Read More...]

How It Happened (Isaac Asimov)

Thanks to Cliff Martin for pointing out this story by Isaac Asimov. It offers yet another slant on the composition of the creation account in Genesis 1: “How It Happened” by Isaac Asimov My brother began to dictate in his best oratorical style, the one which has the tribes hanging on his words. “In the [Read More...]

If God Had Spoken To Moses As Creationists Wish He Had

Brian LePort shared a brilliant comment someone left on the Reclaiming the Mind blog on a post about evolution. I thought I should share it, tweaking it slightly to improve the punctuation, and expanding it to show how it relates not only to the interests of scientists but also (perhaps even more so) to others [Read More...]

The Burial of Jesus in Japan?

I’m planning on revising my book The Burial of Jesus: History and Faith and releasing the second edition as an ebook. Having spotted a post on IO9 about the claim that there is a tomb of Christ in Japan (a topic that has come to my attention from time to time), I am wondering (1) [Read More...]

The Doctor, The God and The Guardian

I’m grateful to a commenter for pointing out to me that on December 24th, The Guardian featured an op-ed piece on the Doctor from Doctor Who by Stephen Kelly, asking “Does Doctor Who feature a god for our times?” Here’s a sample: He may not be the messiah but this Sunday, one and all shall [Read More...]

Doctor Who: The Dalek Invasion of Earth

This classic episode of Doctor Who, “The Dalek Invasion of Earth,” featured (as the title indicates) the return of the Daleks. When Ian said he thought they had destroyed the Daleks on Skaro, the Doctor pointed out that that was at a different time, presumably in the future, while the Daleks clearly had spread elsewhere [Read More...]


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