Marcus Borg 1942-2015

The news has been breaking that Marcus Borg has passed away. Borg was an important figure in two areas that I also live and work in: Biblical studies, with particular focus on the historical Jesus; and progressive Christianity. Borg wrote a number of excellent books, including ones which illustrated the ability of people who disagree [Read More...]

Jonah Fish

  Another great cartoon from Inherit the Mirth. [Read more...]

Indoctorination

I discovered a punny way to talk about how we share our love for Doctor Who as Whovians. From now on, let’s just tell people that we are going to “indoctorinate” them… [Read more...]

Attractive Afterlife?

This Far Left Side cartoon makes an important point. Not only have many religions come to focus on afterlife, but they have at the same time failed to offer an attractive picture of what that afterlife is like. At best, they offer something really terrifying as an alternative. But if the best you can say [Read More...]

LOST Rewatch: Tale of Two Cities

The first episode of season 3 starts with an eye, for the first time in a long time. It is Juliet’s eye. We see her baking, and then at a book club, discussing her favorite book. The house shakes, and they run outside. We see Ben, and then in the sky, we see the break-up of [Read More...]

Scholarship is a Conversation

The University of Washington libraries has an online LibGuide about research called Research 101. The video above is one of the components. [Read more...]

The Markan Mummy

We’ve been wondering for some time about the alleged first-century copy of the Gospel of Mark which Daniel Wallace mentioned some years ago now. Attention has turned to the subject again since LiveScience had an article about it. Whatever else one may think, it is good to see that the work has apparently not led [Read More...]

Doctor Who: The Seeds of Doom

The Seeds of Doom is an episode which explores yet another widespread sci-fi trope, namely spores which fall to Earth from space and have the potential to take over humans and overrun the planet. The episode also has elements of the typical spy thriller, including the Doctor getting into more fist fights than usual. The [Read More...]

Christians Under Attack

This political cartoon is old, but it came to my attention recently and it clearly has not lost its relevance. We can debate whether Christians are “under attack” in any meaningful sense anywhere in the English speaking world – being disagreed with is not an attack, and while there are instances of harassment, discrimination, and other kinds [Read More...]

Genesis 3 Paradox

Yuriy Stasyuk made the meme above, to highlight the apparent paradox in Genesis 3. If eating the fruit of the tree of knowledge makes you aware of good and evil, then how could Eve or Adam have been expected to realize that they were being asked to do something bad when they had not yet eaten [Read More...]

Doctor Who: The Brain of Morbius

The “brain in a vat” scenario is a famous philosophical thought experiment, as well as a recurrent feature in science fiction. Given its title, it may be no surprise that The Brain of Morbius features that scenario. Morbius describes his situation, having been given voice and hearing but otherwise no sensory inputs, and thus he describes [Read More...]


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