Doctor Who: Trial of a Time Lord: Terror of the Vervoids

The third major section of the Doctor Who episode “The Trial of a Time Lord,” parts 9-12, are known under the subtitle “Terror of the Vervoids“. It is the Doctor’s chance to respond to the accusations of the Valeyard, and he has been given access to the matrix, the computer database of time lord knowledge, [Read More...]

The Passive Habit reviews The Burial of Jesus

Cameron has reviewed The Burial of Jesus on his blog The Passive Habit. Thanks, Cameron! UPDATE: Link fixed! [Read more...]

Translating (Away) The Son of God

I’ve been meaning for some time to come back to a topic that has been garnering attention, the news that some Bible translations aimed at predominantly Islamic contexts were not using the phrase “son of God”, ever since I circulated an online article mentioning the news and was met with expressions of concern because that [Read More...]

Prada Perfect Mind

Via a review of Elaine Pagels’ latest book, Revelations, in The New Yorker, I learned of a Prada perfume commercial featuring text from one of the Gnostic works found at Nag Hammadi, “Thunder, Perfect Mind.” Here’s the video: I truly wonder what the ancient author and early readers of the text would make of its [Read More...]

Round-Up on the Talpiot Patio Tomb (to fish or not to fish – that is the question)

Today’s round-up on the Talpiot tombs and the “Jesus discovery”: James Tabor posted on his blog on the subject of whether the fish might be something else, and whether there is in addition to the fish a man in its mouth. Mark Goodacre continues a theme he began back when the Talpiot Tomb subject came [Read More...]

James McGrath + Miley Cyrus + Lawrence Krauss – Friendly Atheist = Richard Dawkins?

I’ve gotten quite a number of visitors today from the Richard Dawkins Foundation web site, via a repost there of my recent blog entry about Miley Cyrus, and her tweet of a paraphrase of something Laurence Krauss said. The byline of the repost there says “James McGrath – Friendly Atheist.” I’m not sure whether someone [Read More...]

Is Not Being a Jerk Central to Christianity?

Several things have converged on a similar theme. First, Jonathan Robinson shared a post by Richard Beck, and added this cartoon: But in fact, the point of the post was more in line with this image which my sister sent to me. It has some coarse language, sorry, but the point seemed worthwhile enough when [Read More...]

The Sanctity of Marriage and the Unconstitutionality of Prohibiting Gay Marriage

Via Joel Watts. It might not take more than a challenge to a state law prohibiting gay marriage, from a member of the clergy in a denomination that allows gay marriage, saying that the state is prohibiting them from freely exercising their religion, to really bring this aspect of the matter to everyone’s attention – [Read More...]

Which is the more likely cause of tornados – God, natural phenomena, or pastors full of hot air?

A lot of people are responding to comments by people such as Pat Robertson and John Piper about recent tornados causing devastation in Indiana and elsewhere. Many are atheist and similar blogs, such as Hemant Mehta, A God-Sized Puzzle, Atheist Revolution and Skeptic. Fortunately some Christian blogs, such as Matthew Paul Turner, Internet Monk, and [Read More...]

Doctor Who on the Meaning of Life

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Doctor Who: The Chase

“The Chase” is the episode of Doctor Who which saw the departure of the remaining two of the original companions from the show’s beginning, Ian Chesterton and Barbara Wright. In a very real sense, they were the main characters of the show, and the Doctor was a mysterious figure who had whisked them away for [Read More...]


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