More Likely a Conservative Scholar’s Kid?

Via Stephen Carlson on Facebook   [Read more…]

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Sci-Fi and Fantasy in the Religion Aisle

The above photo came to me via Craig Hurle on Facebook. I am pretty sure that it is probably just a matter of religion books being in the next aisle over. But given my overlapping and intersecting interests, the photo still seemed worth sharing. And perhaps it is worth discussion in a more serious way [Read More…]

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How The Grinch Stole Christians

And I thought that trying to shop only at stores that say “Merry Christmas” was bad… HT Roger Wolsey   [Read more…]

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#ProgGOD 2: The Incarnation

I was putting off responding to Tony Jones’ recent provocation to progressive Christians to answer the question “Why an Incarnation?”, but this cartoon a friend shared on Facebook made me decide to get to it sooner: As someone who is not only a progressive Christian, but also a New Testament scholar, the conversation for me [Read More…]

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A Final, Difficult Question

David Hayward has created another wonderfully provocative cartoon. This one depicts God asking a difficult question at the final judgment: [Read more…]

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Is the Oldest Science Fiction in the Talmud?

Anthony Le Donne suggested on his blog (and in a recent conference paper) that a story in the Babylonian Talmud, in b. Menaḥoth 29b, might be the first science fiction story. In it, Moses time travels to Rabbi Akiba’s time. But is time travel enough to make a story science fiction? I’ve long pondered this topic, namely [Read More…]

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A Turning Point for Evangelicalism? Pat Robertson Speaks Out Against Young-Earth Creationism

Look how Pat Robertson responds to a question submitted to him by a concerned parent related to the Bible and dinosaurs. HT Hemant Mehta [Read more…]

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Religion and Spirituality in Science Fiction Narratives

An interview between James F. McGrath and John W. Morehead has been quoted in a chapter focused on religion and science fiction. [Read more…]

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Quote of the Day (Damien and John Keown)

The religions of the world are becoming increasingly aware that what unites them in ethics is greater than what divides them in theology. — Damien Keown and John Keown, “Killing, karma and caring: euthanasia in Buddhism and Christianity” in the Journal of Medical Ethics 21 (1995) 265. [Read more…]

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The Tenth Annual Attempt to Undermine Christianity at Christmas

Liberty Counsel and the American Family Association have posted their Tenth Annual “Naughty and Nice” list, encouraging Christians to shop at stores that wish them a Merry Christmas rather than a mere “Happy Holidays.” Am I the only one who remembers a time, not so long ago, when Christians thought that their goal should be to being [Read More…]

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The Resurrection in Eastern Iconography

John Dominic Crossan’s presidential address at SBL was incredibly interesting, and made fantastic use of technology to explore key elements in Eastern iconography depicting the resurrection – and that is what it is consistently referred to in ancient times, “the resurrection” (ἡ ἀνάστασις) and not “the resurrection of Christ.” The event is consistently corporate rather [Read More…]

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