Did Jesus Exist?

Anyone who has ever visited an atheist discussion forum will know that there are plenty of atheists and “freethinkers” who take it as a given that Jesus didn’t really exist, that he is a composite figure created from a patchwork of earlier mythology, and so on. If you ask a professional historian whether Jesus existed, [Read More...]

If Possible Deceiving Even The Elect

One of the biggest challenges students seem to face is identifying reputable sources of information. This is particularly true when they are using their favorite resource, the internet, but the problem does not disappear in those few instances when some few bright sparks among them actually enter a library. One suggestion I make (apart from [Read More...]

Four Questions

Someone on Yahoo! Answers asked the following questions: 1. Why do you believe in God?2. What’s the difference between Naive’ and Blind trust and Faith?3. Is it possible that religion is just a way for people to deal with lifeand non of it’s really even true?4. Is there really any such thing as pure and [Read More...]

Deja Vu

Last night I watched the movie Deja Vu, which explores a time-travel scenario and the usual questions of whether we can change the past, and what happens if we do or even try. The film explicitly raises questions of ‘spirituality’, and one character even suggests that the past cannot be changed because ‘God has made [Read More...]

You are just saying that because…

Am I the only person getting tired of hearing the views, arguments and evidence of opposing viewpoints dismissed with phrases like “you are just saying that because you are a secular evolutionist” or “that just goes to show how biased the media is”. The latter, of course, is equally asserted by both sides – which [Read More...]

The Divine Doctor

He brought the universe into existence, was instrumental in providing the spark that produced life on our world, and will be there when our universe fades into nothingness once more. He forgives his enemies, and yet fights for good and stands against evil, defeating even the devil. When his enemies killed him, he appeared again [Read More...]

Remember the Mandaeans

Anyone who has ever worked on the Fourth Gospel and/or the scholarship of Rudolf Bultmann will have heard of the Mandaeans, at least in passing. They are a group who became known as “St. John Christians”, but this is a misnomer since they are not Christians and view John the Baptist positively but not Jesus. [Read More...]

More on the Pope and Evolution

The topic of the Pope and evolution seems to have gotten a lot of people’s attention! There are ongoing discussions around the web in the press and on blogs. A few I’ve come across so far include the Ancient Hebrew Poetry blog, the Free Republic, and I’ve tried to get a discussion going on Topix. [Read More...]

The Pope Speaks Out On Evolution

There is a wonderful little article in the New York Post drawing attention to a recent statement by the Pope. He points out how problematic it is when the current debates present creation and evolution “as if they were alternatives that are exclusive – whoever believes in the creator could not believe in evolution, and [Read More...]

A Brief Visit To The End Of The Universe

I’ve gotten up to the next-to-last episode of the last series of Dr. Who – I just have the finale to watch. In the episode “Utopia” the Doctor takes a visit to the year 100 trillion, towards the end of the universe as it approaches heat death. Humans (who still, implausibly, look just like we [Read More...]

Internet Archive

For those who are unaware of it or simply unaware of all its features, the Internet Archive is a fantastically useful site. In addition to the possibility of finding materials that have since disappeared from the web as sites have become defunct, there are also books and movies in the public domain, such as H. [Read More...]