Divine Protection

This came to me via Bob Cargill and Thom Stark on Facebook. It nicely makes the point that many Christian views of “salvation” are more like “protection” in the sense that word has in protection rackets. The one “protecting” you is also the one they are protecting you from. Perhaps genuine salvation ought to save [Read More...]

Lee Harmon on the Two Witnesses

James Bradford Pate has been blogging about a book by Lee Harmon on the Book of Revelation. One of the most interesting things I noticed is Harmon’s suggestion that the two witnesses in Revelation 11 could be the priests Jesus and Ananus, both of whom are killed, in close connection to which (according to Josephus) [Read More...]

Faith that Moves Mountains

David Hayward's latest cartoon has a real life story behind it. Dashrath Manjhi lived in a remote part of Bihar, India. Because of a mountain range with no road through it, when his wife needed urgent medical help, she died, because help could not reach her in time. And so he spent more than the [Read More...]

More on the Ridiculousness of Left Behind

Fred Clark is continuing his series that takes apart the unintentionally comical character of the Left Behind books in slow motion. His latest post on Nicolae: The Rise of the Antichrist is a gem. It includes wonderful statements like this: Tim LaHaye wants his readers to recognize that he, Tim LaHaye, is uniquely correct about [Read More...]

Doctor Who: Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS

The episode “Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS” has a lot of contrived dangers and resolutions. But in the process, it gives us a nice tour of the longest running character on the show (we saw the TARDIS slightly earlier than we first encountered the Doctor), and also carries us closer to the end [Read More...]

The Doctor’s Name – One Excellent Possibility

It isn't just the Silence who want the secret kept. There are also many fans that simply don't want to know the Doctor's name. For instance these folks here: I don't blame them. Let's face it, if there is a big reveal on Doctor Who after 50 years of secrecy, and it turns out the [Read More...]

Numberphile on 666

Today in my Bible class the topic was apocalyptic literature – Daniel and Revelation. The student who presented included a segment of the above video on the number of the beast, and I thought it was worth sharing with a wider audience. I now have my lecture on this topic online, so that we can [Read More...]

Left Behind in a Nutshell

A quote from the latest post in Fred Clark’s ongoing review of the Left Behind series gets at the heart of his evaluation: This is a pattern in these books. We’re told that Buck Williams is a master journalist, but since the authors couldn’t be bothered to learn what good journalism looks like, we’re shown that Buck is a [Read More...]

Barney the Antichrist

As readers will know if they watched my recorded lecture about the Book of Revelation, I offer a lighthearted look at some of the proposed identifications of the Beast, including the suggestion that it could be Barney. To be fair, a purple dinosaur is obviously more like the monster depicted in the book than most [Read More...]

The Four Horses of the Snowpocalypse

These horses were actually sculpted in China – read the story here. But for some reason when I was shown the photo, I thought, four horses, four horsemen, snowpocalypse (recent blizzard in New England) and it all sort of came together. [Read more...]

That’s Not Taking Revelation Literally

One media outlet described the man who quit his job over a form with the number 666 on it as taking Revelation literally. Fred Clark had this to say, with his characteristic combination of sarcastic wit and religious insight:   No. No, no, no, 666 times no. Believers like Slonopas do not “take the book [Read More...]


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