Ability to Focus

If someone tells you that today’s students, perhaps because of video games, simply cannot focus the way students could in the past, don’t believe them. Halo Reach players spent five years trying to accomplish something in the game that seemed impossible: getting into…an empty room, one that was otherwise inaccessible, referred to as the “Banshee [Read More...]

And Also With You

A few religious Star Wars memes for Star Wars Day. May the Fourth Be With You! [Read more...]

Pareidolatry

A cute cartoon from People in White Coats. Is this blasphemy, or a miracle – or can it be both? While I probably would have shared it just for the punny title (mashing together pareidolia and idolatry), there is a serious point worth reflecting on – and not just about our human penchant to see patterns [Read More...]

Happy Star Wars Day! May the 4th Be With You!

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Acts 8 (Enterprise Edition)

Unvirtuous Abbey shared this on Facebook. This isn’t what I have pictured when I have read Acts 8. But it may be what I end up picturing from now on. But I have thought often about the tendency of science fiction to depict miracles and gods as real, but the products of advanced technology or [Read More...]

The Bible Between Harry Potter and War and Peace

The Washington Post shared an infographic from Personal Creations (below) which compares how long it will take an average reader, at an average speed, to read various works of literature. I’d like to suggest that a simple comparison of page numbers isn’t a good guideline – or at least, if you are reading a compilation [Read More...]

Pigmentation Pigeonholes

The quote is based on something I wrote in a comment discussing racism. The photo comes from a website which quite bizarrely asks whether dark skin with blue eyes has a “natural explanation” or is due to genetic mutation! [Read more...]

At The Pearly Gates

A cartoon by John Atkinson. St. Peter could have used this one by Colby Jones:   [Read more...]

Genesis Oven Mitts

Hemant Mehta blogged today that oven mitts decorated with the hands from Michelangelo’s “The Creation of Adam” are now a thing. You can buy them on Etsy. In other unrelated news, Charisma News apparently doesn’t know that Jonathan Cain is the pianist and keyboardist for Journey, not their lead vocalist. He recently married Pastor Paula [Read More...]

Which Bible Would Jesus Use?

The above image, shared on the blog Stuff Fundies Like, illustrates the problem with using “What Would Jesus Do?” as your guiding principle. People tend to assume that the things that they would do are what Jesus would do. If using the WWJD? principle can’t get you to realize that Jesus wouldn’t use a modern English translation, [Read More...]

April 2015 Biblical Studies Carnival

Jeff Carter has shared his round-up of highlights from last months Biblical studies blogging. Click through to take a look. [Read more...]


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