The Latest Roman Technology: aBook

HT Mark Goodacre for this wonderful parody of the iPad from Horrible Histories. [Read more...]

The Danger of Backfiring Skepticism

Skepticism ought to be about critical thinking. But it often ends up being something else, which is illustrated nicely in the latest cartoon by David Hayward: It is a bit like the point made in Richard Beck’s recent blog post about scapegoating. Going against the flow, once looked down upon, is now highly appreciated in [Read More...]

If You Insist On Presenting “Alternatives”…

Today’s Non Sequitur, via The Panda’s Thumb [Read more...]

Who Thinks Professors are Unfriendly towards Religion?

Some people do in just about every category imaginable. But in only two categories in a recent survey (and those categories overlap to a degree that continues to bewilder me) did a majority think that professors are unfriendly towards religion. Can you guess which ones before checking the chart below (which was shared by Jerry [Read More...]

Ancient Alien Hassles

HT Jim West (Jason Colavito and Michael Heiser have some more serious thoughts on some less serious “authorities” than the above cartoon with respect to ancient aliens) [Read more...]

Happy Fathers’ Day!

HT Joel Watts and also Lori Baron in Facebook For another humorous Star Wars take on Father’s Day, click here!   [Read more...]

Bones of John the Baptist?

The news has been making the rounds that bones have been found which some think might have belonged to John the Baptist. This is a story which first appeared in 2010, but which has been revived by the carbon dating of the knuckle bone to the first century. The site Skeptic reports on the matter [Read More...]

Partial Update

via Ema Brown on Facebook. There have been a lot of legitimate criticisms of churches which try to be relevant in a manner that ends up sounding off target, out of touch, offensive, gimmicky, or something worse. But sometimes people make a genuine effort to cross generational divides or those of musical preference, and it [Read More...]

Chariot Wheels in the Red Sea Hoax Persists

Wing Nut Daily recently featured a brand new article about a very old hoax, centered on the claim that chariot wheels have been found in the Red Sea. That anyone could see the photos of relatively new and shiny metal wheels and not be skeptical astonishes me. That anyone could simply take the word of [Read More...]

Call for Submissions for the Next Biblical Studies Carnival

Mike Kok will be hosting the next Biblical Studies Carnival, and he is ready for your submissions whenever you are. Click through and suggest posts! [Read more...]

Richard Carrier Illustrates Historical Jesus Methodology

While one might or might not see fit to dispute Richard Carrier’s specific conclusions in his recent post, “The Dying Messiah Redux,” I think that the most important thing to note is the approach to history that it illustrates. Carrier argues that, because certain views expressed in Jewish literature from several centuries after the rise [Read More...]


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