If God Had Spoken To Moses As Creationists Wish He Had

Brian LePort shared a brilliant comment someone left on the Reclaiming the Mind blog on a post about evolution. I thought I should share it, tweaking it slightly to improve the punctuation, and expanding it to show how it relates not only to the interests of scientists but also (perhaps even more so) to others [Read More...]

Ring Out, Ye Crystal Spheres!

This is the epilogue from Ralph Vaughan Williams’ Christmas cantata “Hodie,” which adapts the words from Milton’s “On the Morning of Christ’s Nativity“: Ring out, ye crystal spheres, Once bless our human ears, If ye have power to touch our senses so; And let your silver chime Move in melodious time, And let the bass [Read More...]

The Divinity of Christ: A Response to Roger Olson

In the same 24 hour period, Roger Olson and Daniel McClellan posted on the subject of the divinity of Christ. Roger Olson tries to make the case that this doctrine should be regarded as a Christian essential, and I must say that I find his case not only weak but extremely problematic. The New Testament [Read More...]

Jesus’ Top Ten List

I concur with Chris Brady that “Coffee With Jesus” is doing something wonderfully impressive in the cartoon genre. Take this example, in which Jesus is asked for his list of the top 10 important events of 2011: [Read more...]

It’s a Girl!

HT Daniel Florien.  Please note that if this cartoon offends you, you are probably still carrying baggage from a patriarchal era. [Read more...]

Scary Solstice

Given the back-and-forth about paganism that has been taking place on Patheos between Mike Bird, Star Foster, and others, I thought I would respond in the manner most appropriate to my own blog: with something humorous and sci-fi related. Some years ago I discovered that there were carols about Cthulhu. Here’s “Scary Solstice.” You’ll be [Read More...]

Christmassy Planetary Mnemonic

XKCD has kindly provided a new mnemonic device for remembering the names and order of the eight planets in our solar system, and it has a Christmas theme to it. Click through to read several other mnemonic aids in the same cartoon. [Read more...]

When Interfaith Gets Beautiful

Mike Bird wrote a post about the connection between Christmas, December 25th, and the “triumph of Christianity over paganism.” Many pagans were less than flattered or impressed. Star Foster, who blogs about her pagan faith here at Patheos, responded with a post “When Interfaith Gets Ugly.” What struck me most was that in her post [Read More...]

Doctor Who: The Ark

The title to the Doctor Who episode “The Ark” immediately hints at a Biblical reference, and in the episode, when the Doctor, Stephen and Dodo realize that they are on a spaceship that has rescued humans and animals from a dying Earth, Dodo actually asks whether they brought two of every animal, like in the [Read More...]

Review Revisited: James Herrick’s Scientific Mythologies

A long time ago, in a parallel blogoverse, I reviewed James Herrick’s book Scientific Mythologies. Almost 2 1/2 years later, D. G. D. Davidson has posted a review on his blog, in which he disagrees with me about the extent of the book’s awfulness. In between the two, Gabriel McKee also reviewed the book. Since [Read More...]

Controversial Christmas Carols

In groundbreaking but controversial research, historians are challenging this historicity of the account of the arrival of the magi offered in “I Saw Three Ships.” Archaeologist and New Testament scholar Bob Carlung, who has spent his life investigating the historic topography of the Holy Land, said in a recent interview, “It is simply unfeasible that [Read More...]


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