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...]

Happy Hanukkah!

Happy Hanukkah to all those who celebrate it! [Read more...]

Bodhisanta

Via Jeffrey Osthoff on Google+ [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...]

Thutmose and Hyksos Discuss the Gods

In discussing The Daleks’ Master Plan recently, I neglected to include one important element related to religion. The Doctor, the meddling monk from “The Time Meddler,” and the Daleks, all find themselves in the vicinity of the great pyramids, one of which is being completed and prepared to house the treasures of the pharaoh. There [Read More...]

Jesus: “Hitch Didn’t Hate Me”

HT The Lead While there have unsurprisingly been arrogant, misguided and unhelpful comments from Christians, there have also been some particularly appreciative ones. Here’s an example from Bo Sanders: “Hitchens helped me by rabidly critiquing that false god of Empire and cutting open the giant bloated carcass of Christendom with razor-sharp clarity.”   [Read more...]

Doctor Who: The Daleks’ Master Plan (the first Doctor Who Christmas special)

It is appropriate that I have reached the episode “The Daleks’ Master Plan” from the William Hartnell era. In addition to being something of an epic – it had twelve parts! – it also can be said to be or at least contain the first “Doctor Who Christmas Special” – a tradition that continues to [Read More...]

The Articles of Christmas

This post provides official notification of my intention, on or immediately prior to the 25th of December 2011, to wish readers of my blog a Merry Christmas. If you are likely to find such expression of Christmas greetings/wishes offensive, you are hereby asked to refrain from reading any and all posts on this blog which [Read More...]

Christopher Hitchens 1949-2011

Christopher Hitchens, sometimes referred to as one of the “four horsemen” of the “new atheist” movement, has passed away. He was 62. As a liberal Christian, I appreciate individuals such as Hitchens, since the same problems he highlighted with respect to the Bible and historic Christianity are the reasons I find conservative Christianity unpersuasive. The [Read More...]

The New Testament Scholar Who Stole Christmas?

An op-ed piece I wrote, with the title “The New Testament Scholar Who Stole Christmas?”, has appeared in The Bible and Interpretation. Click through to read it, and feel free to share any thoughts you may have about it in the comments section here! [Read more...]


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