The Great Thing about Doctor Who Halloween Costumes

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Breezy Point Theology

This photo from Queens has been circulating widely, showing the devastation caused by fires which broke out in Breezy Point during Hurricane Sandy: The survival of the statue of Mary impressed some Catholics. But as you might expect, I think this illustrates the sort of thing which I blog about often, and which I was [Read More...]

Jesus, the Grim Reaper?

The depiction of a figure seated on a cloud and wielding a sickle in Revelation 14 is striking for several reasons. Is the figure supposed to be Jesus? If so, some may find it unsettling to imagine him taking on a role that is reminiscent of the Grim Reaper. And since it is Halloween, I [Read More...]

Breaking News: Disney Acquires LucasFilm, Star Wars Episode VII scheduled for 2015!

I thought it might be a hoax, but the Walt Disney company web site confirms that it is acquiring LucasFilm and will be making new Star Wars movies, with George Lucas as creative consultant! The official Star Wars blog has more information about this, and its implications, as well as the long and winding history [Read More...]

Conference Hashtag: #SBLAAR

After some consultation, I think that it is to be agreed that the hashtag to use for those tweeting about the upcoming AAR and SBL joint annual meeting is #sblaar Adding the year seems unnecessary. And while putting the AAR ahead of the SBL seemed preferable for alphabetical reasons, the resulting hashtag #aarsbl – which [Read More...]

Around the Blogosphere: The Varieties of Fundamentalisms

Here’s a round-up of some blogging on several topics of longstanding interest: Michael Pahl is leaving Cedarville University due to his views, which are at odds with those of that fundamentalist institution. The university’s president has also resigned. Doug Chaplin asks how any institution with the views Cedarville stipulates in its statement of faith can [Read More...]

Impact of Sandy

If you are a family member, friend, or other regular blog reader anywhere along the East Coast or in another area affected by Hurricane Sandy, do check in to let me and others know you are alive, when you have the opportunity, and when time and surroundings permit, feel free to share your experiences. A [Read More...]

Fake Photoshopped Frankenstorm Photo

There’s an alleged photo of Hurricane Sandy drawing near to New York. I wondered about its authenticity, but I still shared it on Facebook, and then had it pointed out to me that its a fake: It is apparently a mash-up of two photos. If you want real (and for that reason even more impressive) [Read More...]

Mandaean Studies at SBL and AAR

Here is a round-up of what’s going on at this year’s Society of Biblical Literature and American Academy of Religion annual meetings on the subject of the Mandaeans and their literature (including one by yours truly):   S18-134: Nag Hammadi and Gnosticism 11/18/2012 9:00 AM to 11:30 AM Room: S505a – McCormick Place Revisiting the Relationship [Read More...]

This Year’s AAR/SBL iPad App is Finally Available!

If you are an iPad, iPhone, or iPod user, and you are attending the Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Religion and/or the Society of Biblical Literature in November, you have been impatiently awaiting the promised iOS app for your device dedicated to the event (just as we did around this time last year). [Read More...]

Job Creation: The Beginning

This cartoon from The New Yorker came to my attention via Facebook: The comments on the Facebook page were interesting, with many pointing out that the perspective of Genesis is that God did create jobs for Adam and Eve: gardening. But is it the job of God or government to create jobs for human beings? [Read More...]


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