Spruce Treeeeeeee!

Fred Clark has offered a characteristically witty post that builds on my recent one about an ancient spruce tree in Sweden. He suggests that “spruce tree” can become the standard response to any young-earth creationist nonsense one is presented with (much like the YEC phrase “were you there” except that in this case the response [Read More...]

Unhomogenized Bible

Sabio Lantz shared the above image in a post that addresses the way “the Bible says” is used to slip past major issues, such as “Which Bible?” and “Which author?” and “What is the Bible?” Click through to read the entire post. The image of homogenization is particularly apt. The only way to homogenize something [Read More...]

Technology is Making Us (Anti-)Social

Thom Stark was one of several who shared this on Facebook. In addition to the irony of the phrase, which applies as well to newspapers as it does to smartphones and other electrinic devices, there is the fact that the things the passengers are holding connect them to news and information about and from a [Read More...]

I’m Gonna Spend My Christmas With a Dalek

This song makes no sense, and the Daleks will exterminate whoever is responsible for it if they get wind of it. But as a Whovian, one has to mark the beginning of the Christmas music season with this sort of thing. [Read more...]

Chris Keith on Social Memory Theory and the Gospels

Chris Keith shared a link to the above lecture on social memory theory and the Gospels, his inaugural lecture at St. Mary’s University College, Twickenham. See also Chris’s own post as well as Mike Kok’s and Tyler Stewart’s posts about a session at SBL in which Chris and others addressed the same topic.   [Read more...]

Science Fiction and the Bible (ISBL/EABS)

Via John Morehead, I learned that there is a call for papers for the second time for a session on “Science Fiction and the Bible” for the International Society of Biblical Literature and European Association of Biblical Studies conference in July. Click through for more details! [Read more...]

Review of The Evolution of Adam

I adapted a review I wrote for this blog of Pete Enns’ book Evolution of Adam, The: What the Bible Does and Doesn’t Say about Human Origins for publication in Reports of the National Center for Science Education. It is now available to be read online. [Read more...]

An Adventure in Time and Space

The folks at IO9 mentioned how genuinely moving and emotional this reenactment of the beginnings of Doctor Who is. I agree. There are some truly powerful moments, and the entire story is one that Doctor Who fans will particularly love, but can be enjoyed by anyone. It is about the BBC's first female producer and [Read More...]

Review of The First Thanksgiving

I confess that I accepted with some reluctance the invitation to participate in the Patheos Book Club about Robert Tracy McKenzie’s book The First Thanksgiving: What the Real Story Tells Us About Loving God and Learning from History. It wasn’t that I thought it wouldn’t be interesting. I just wondered whether I could really afford [Read More...]

Thanksgiving Travel

HT Ben Witherington   [Read more...]

Grief at the Loss of Absolutes

David Hayward shared the above cartoon. The title uses “deconstruction” in its popular rather than its technical sense. It is really about the application of Kübler-Ross' famous “five stages of grief” to the grief we experience when we realize that our conviction that we have the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth [Read More...]


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