Doctor Who: The Face of Evil

The episode “The Face of Evil” from the Tom Baker era is famous for introducing Leela as the Doctor’s companion. For those interested in the show’s treatment of religion, it is also famous for its content. It originally bore the title “The Day God Went Mad.” The Doctor lands on a planet where remnants of [Read More...]

Misread Bible Passages: Beware the Nicotines!

We continued our study of Revelation in my Sunday school class, and while we had some serious discussion of the issues facing the churches mentioned in chapter 2, the main thing that seemed worth blogging about was a misreading. One of the attendees said that at first glance they thought that two of the churches [Read More...]

U2, “40″

We played and sang this in church today: [Read more...]

Wilhelm Peterson-Berger – Symphony No. 2 in E Flat Major “The Journey on Southerly Winds” (1910)

Another example of the hauntingly beautiful and melodic symphonic music produced in Sweden in the early 20th century. [Read more...]

The Passion of the Christ: How It Should Have Ended – or Maybe How It Shouldn’t Have Ended, but Did End Once Anyway?

The series “How It Should Have Ended” is famous for coming up with amusing alternate endings for movies and TV shows. I couldn’t help thinking about that series when a student shared this amusing experience that someone shared on Facebook:     [Read more...]

Doctor Who: The Happiness Patrol

The Doctor Who episode “The Happiness Patrol” provides a wonderfully tongue-in-cheek exploration of the nature of happiness and of society, at times functioning as a parable, at other times engaging in wicked satire – as when the dictatorial ruler of the colony, Helen A, herself responsible for requiring happiness of the population, speaks of the [Read More...]

From the Talpiot Tomb to the Blogosphere

In my class on the historical Jesus yesterday we discussed the burial of Jesus, including some discussion of the Talpiot tomb. Here’s what’s been appearing in the blogosphere since my last round-up on the topic: Mark Goodacre shows problems with the claim that Jonah’s name appears on an ossuary in the Talpiot patio tomb. He [Read More...]

Carrier and other Mythicists Reacting to Ehrman

In responding to Bart Ehrman’s book about mythicism, Did Jesus Exist?: The Historical Argument for Jesus of Nazareth, Richard Carrier points out some genuine errors (e.g. that Carrier’s degree is in Classics – although that would not at any rate be an insult) and alleged errors in a lengthy review, which approaches the matter in [Read More...]

Every Eye Shall See Him, Even Those Who Pierced Him

Revelation 1:7 reads: Look, he is coming with the clouds, and every eye will see him, even those who pierced him; and all the peoples of the earth will mourn because of him. So shall it be! Amen. The implications of that verse for what the author of Revelation thought are noteworthy. One could perhaps [Read More...]

Bart Ehrman has a New Blog

Bart Ehrman has a new blog, called Christianity in Antiquity: The Bart Ehrman Blog. He will be doing something very different, and very interesting, with it. The blog offers some public content but also has subscriber-only content. Money from subscriptions to the blog will be donated to charities, and so in addition to offering blogging, [Read More...]

The Seven Spirits of God and Heavenly Bureaucracy in the Book of Revelation

A few weeks ago we began working our way through the Book of Revelation in my Sunday school class. Two points that I drew attention to in the text relate to the same theme of the cosmology of the author and readers, with its heavily populated spiritual and celestial realms. Right in the first paragraph, [Read More...]


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