Teach the Controversy

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Happy International Jazz Day!

Happy International Jazz Day! To mark the occasion, here are two pieces that were performed at the Metropolitan Youth Orchestra Jazz and Jam Concert at the Hilbert Circle Theater last night. The first is “Merry Go Round” by the special guests who performed with the MYO, The Icarus Ensemble: The second is Malaguena by Ernesto [Read More...]

Should Christianity be about Believing the Unbelievable or Doing the Unbelievable?

A post by Jim Burklo seems to me to pose a key question about what Christianity is, what it can be, and what it should be. Here is the question in a nutshell: Should Christianity be about believing that which is unbelievable – accepting claims about miracles and the supernatural, for instance – or about [Read More...]

Antiultracrepidarians vs. Deliberatefraudists: Smackdown in the Blogosphere

Jim West posted the following definition in a post in which he defined himself as an anti-ultracrepidarian: ul·tra·crep·i·dar·i·an [uhl-truh-krep-i-dair-ee-uhn] adjective 1. noting or pertaining to a person who criticizes, judges, or gives advice outside the area of his or her expertise: The play provides a classic, simplistic portrayal of an ultracrepidarian mother-in-law. Origin: 1800–20; ultra- [Read More...]

Mythicism and other Bunk around the Blogosphere

Thom Stark blogged about Neil Godfrey’s reading comprehension (or lack thereof). In other news, Neil Godfrey complains that Bart Ehrman had trouble keeping track of which mythicists wrote which nonsense where. Richard Carrier criticized Bart Ehrman of using rhetoric instead of argument (among other things), seemingly unaware of the irony. Tom Verenna unsurprisingly but disappointingly [Read More...]

Time To Stop Asking Where Waldo Is?

Marc Cortez shared this picture yesterday: At first I just enjoyed it as funny. But for some reason I found myself thinking about it more, and realized that it also provides a nice parable or what is wrong with salvation-oriented, other-worldly Christianity the sole or almost exclusive focus of which is on whether people are [Read More...]

Natanael Berg – Symphony No. 1 “Everything New Must End” (1912)

Or, as the Oracle famously put it, “Everything that has a beginning has an end, Neo.” Here’s a Swedish composer from my favorite period in that nation’s musical output – Carl Natanael Rexroth-Berg being slightly older than Kurt Atterberg and slightly younger than Wilhelm Petersen-Berger, both of whom are composers that I highly recommend. [Read more...]

Doctor Who: Underworld

The very title of the Doctor Who episode “Underworld” hints at its intersection with religion. But while the “underworld” in question turns out to be a world of tunnels with no access to the sky, the episode nevertheless more than lives up to the expectation that it will provide interesting terrain for exploring religion. Although [Read More...]

Studying Religion Will Do This To You

From Savage Chickens via Brad Matthies [Read more...]

Geirr Tveitt – Sun God Symphony Op. 81

When a composer whose music I enjoy also touches on a religious theme, that’s all the more reason to share it, right? But in fact, Tveitt’s ideology, reflected in this piece and others, is disturbing and definitely worth discussing. It reflects the tendency to reject not only Judaism but also Christianity (so intimately connected with [Read More...]

The Historical Jesus around the Blogosphere

There’s a lot of interesting stuff in the blogosphere in the past day or so related to topics of regular interest on this blog. Bart Ehrman offered a lengthy reply to Richard Carrier. Ehrman also did an interview at Religion Dispatches about his latest book, Did Jesus Exist? Thom Stark deals with Richard Carrier’s attempt [Read More...]


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