The Far Future

Via IO9, I learned of this timeline of the far future on the BBC website: [Read more...]

Fear of Judgment

I’ve talked in the past about how science fiction about parallel universes (which may or may not turn out to be science fact) turns out to offer a similar comfort to Abrahamic religious beliefs about an afterlife. The cartoon above from “People in White Coats” suggests that science fiction can offer an alternative to the [Read More...]

Doomsday Perspectives

Today’s Non Sequitur illustrates a useful point. Doomsday predictions are in the eyes of the beholder. For most people in the English-speaking world, the prediction of the imminent dawn of the kingdom of God, an end in some sense to history as it was previously known, might not seem to be something to wish for. [Read More...]

Translation vs. Resurrection

Someone recently asked me about why Jesus’ death was understood by Christians as a resurrection rather than a “bodily translation to heaven” or something of the sort. It’s a fascinating question, and so I thought I would share some of my answer here. The reference in Jude to a Jewish tradition about Michael and the [Read More...]

Keeps No Record of Wrongs

Richard Beck has asked a great question about the description of love in 1 Corinthians 13. I’ve even heard sermons in which the preacher, on the basis of the equation “God is love,” substituted “God” in place of the word “love” in the passage. But does God really “keep no record of wrongs”? It seems [Read More...]

Syria and the End Times

Hemant Mehta shared some interesting statistics and infographics about what Americans think about Syria, and how events there may be leading up to the “end times.” These statistics also give us in the process a good sense of how many Americans have never consulted a scholarly commentary on the Book of Revelation… [Read more...]

God Doesn’t Suffer, So Why Should We?

In my Sunday school class last weekend, the discussion quickly moved from a discussion of the atonement to a specific focus on whether God suffers or can suffer. A number of interesting observations were made, but one seemed particularly worth sharing. Following a discussion of why some consider it better to be above suffering (and [Read More...]

The Kryptonian Harold Camping

Via Scotteriology   [Read more...]

More on the Ridiculousness of Left Behind

Fred Clark is continuing his series that takes apart the unintentionally comical character of the Left Behind books in slow motion. His latest post on Nicolae: The Rise of the Antichrist is a gem. It includes wonderful statements like this: Tim LaHaye wants his readers to recognize that he, Tim LaHaye, is uniquely correct about [Read More...]

What, No Wacky Theories Today?

I just noticed that today is June 6th, 2013. That’s 6/6 in the year 2+0+1+3=6. And yet nowhere have I spotted in the blogosphere or on Facebook someone suggesting that today the world will end, the antichrist will arise, or anything else of the sort. Could it be that most people are finally tiring of [Read More...]

A Worse Resurrection

My Sunday school class yesterday started with me suggesting that we could either carry on in Hebrews or do something more Eastery. Someone in the class asked, “Hebrews isn’t Eastery?” And that’s how it all started. We took a close look and saw that, on the one hand, the author mentions resurrection a couple of [Read More...]