Do as Jesus Says, Not as He Does?

Bruce Gerencser shared the above graphic, which another blogger made from a quote of his. Bruce writes, “for any Christian who happens to stumble upon my deep, dark, evil corner of the blogosphere, I’d love to hear your explanation of Jesus saying, love your enemies, while God, the alter-ego of Jesus, tortures his enemies in hell. [Read More...]

Do All Creatures Go To Heaven?

Too often people accept concepts and ideas without ever taking the time to think through the implications. From Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal. HT Jerry Coyne. [Read more...]

The Hand on the Mirror

I confess that when I was included in the book club discussing Janis Durham’s book The Hand on the Mirror: A True Story of Life Beyond Death, I was not entirely enthusiastic. I had blogged about books about near-death experiences by Eben Alexander and Mary Neal, and they left me skeptical. I was delighted to [Read More...]

At The Pearly Gates

A cartoon by John Atkinson. St. Peter could have used this one by Colby Jones:   [Read more...]

LOST Rewatch: The End

Rewatching LOST from the beginning has been an interesting experience. We have to go back – to the island, to stories that we knew. They are never the same on a second experience. Reaching the end, part of me wants to find a way to watch the stories in chronological order – to start with [Read More...]

LOST Rewatch: Ab Aeterno

The episode begins with Jacob’s visit to Ilana in the hospital. The continuation shows Jacob asking her to protect the six remaining candidates. She asks what she should do after bringing them to the temple, what she should do next, and he tells her to ask Ricardus. On the island, Richard says that he has [Read More...]

LOST Rewatch: Happily Ever After

The episode begins with Zoe talking to Desmond, who had been drugged. Charles Widmore tells Desmond that he had been shot by Benjamin Linus, and now has been brought back to the island. Desmond attacks him, but Widmore’s men restrain him. Widmore orders that Desmond be brought to the generator room for a test, and [Read More...]

Wow Factor

Today's Non Sequitur. One of life's mysteries is where the missing socks go. But apparently not everyone is so focused on that particular question. If you could have the answer to one great mystery as your final reward, what would you choose?   [Read more...]

Let the Punishment Fit the Crime

This comic from Cyanide and Happiness relates to both religious ideas of punishments in an afterlife, and education, and so I had to share it. There is a long history of people imagining punishments in an afterlife that are suited to the evils they did in this life. And, however problematic that is, it is probably [Read More...]

Religion and Death

Hemant Mehta drew attention to a statement by Larry King, to the effect that religion is entirely a response to fear of death. Here is the most relevant quote: I think the only reason for religion is death. If you didn’t die, there’d be no religion. I have to disagree, since in the case of [Read More...]

Staring at their Hands in Despair

April 1st’s Bizarro is funny, but also problematic. How can people who are engaging in constant conversation be “incapable of conversation”? But I am happy to see a depiction of an afterlife without cell phones. Can you imagine how long it would take you to get from one cloud to another if you were stuck [Read More...]