Don’t Be Like Jerry

Zack Hunt shared the above image on Facebook. I have not had any real interest in participating in the creation of these stick figure descriptions of oneself, but I have appreciated several of the parodies and attempts at humor around them. And this one, as a response to the endorsement by Jerry Falwell Jr. of [Read More...]

Invent a Religion for Money

Jerry Coyne drew attention to a competition with a cash prize, asking people to invent a religion. The Huffington Post has an article about the competition, and the full rules are online. It is actually an interesting competition, precisely because it is a lot harder than some might imagine to come up with something genuinely [Read More...]

Evangelical Fear of Scholarship

Two different people suggested that this quote should be turned into a meme. It is from a blog post which rounded up blogging about the Christology of Mark’s Gospel, in which I also referred to and summarized an article in Christianity Today about how Evangelicals view those who move into academia.     [Read more...]

2016 AAR Call for Papers: Traditions of Eastern Late Antiquity

The call for papers for the American Academy of Religion 2016 Annual Meeting in San Antonio is now live on the website. Click through to submit a proposal or browse the calls for papers. Below is the text from the program unit of which I am co-chair, Traditions of Eastern Late Antiquity. Traditions of Eastern [Read More...]

The X-Files Returns

I loved seeing the X-Files make its return to television last night. Here are some thoughts about the episode and in particular religious themes in it. The episode begins with Mulder’s story and perspective. In narrating about the long history of UFOs, he refers to “Biblical references.” At the end of the opening monologue, he says [Read More...]

Atheism Disproved

Atheism is easy to disprove. Watch: Cats exist Ancient Egyptians (as well as some current cat owners) worship cats as gods Therefore, gods exist Therefore, atheism is false I am being somewhat flippant, but as I have pointed out before (then using the example of the universe as god for pantheists), unless one defines clearly [Read More...]

Job’s Friends Daily Calendar

Here’s another doozy I came across on Facebook. The creator clearly didn’t care that the speaker in this verse is Eliphaz, and that in the final chapter of the book, God is said to be angry with Eliphaz and his friends for not having spoken rightly. I wonder whether I should be trying to get [Read More...]

Admiring Darth Vader

There has been a lot of discussion and speculation about The Force Awakens related to Kylo Ren’s admiration for his grandfather, Darth Vader, and his fear that he will never be as strong as he was. I think that one thing that the prequels offer that the original trilogy didn’t is a chance to really flesh [Read More...]

If I Had a Denarius

Robert Piper offered this quip on Facebook as a comment on another meme, and I thought it deserved to become a meme in its own right, and so (with his permission), here it is. [Read more...]

Two Corinthians Walk Into a Bar (Perfect Biblical Joke)

The joke seems to me the perfect combination of the “Two Corinthians” set up and a punch line that alludes to the First Epistle of Paul to the Corinthians. It is from a comment on an earlier post about “Two Corinthians.” I thought it deserved to be memed. What do you think? [Read more...]

Atheism: Good Enough for Some Idiots

When I came across this meme, I simply couldn’t believe my eyes. The image is labeled “ATHEISM: Good enough for these idiots” – yet it includes famous people who were Deists, agnostics, and a pantheist, as well as at least a couple of individuals whose beliefs are simply unclear. I am happy to say that, as far as [Read More...]

What My Desk Says About Me

I confess that my desk is covered in books, and papers from last semester and probably older. Have you been judging me, the way the infographic below suggests? [Read more...]

Fundamentalist Paint-by-Numbers

The quote comes from a post on Brian Zahnd’s blog with the title “The X-Files is Better Than Scooby Doo.” Since the X-Files is returning next weekend, that is another good reason to share the quote and mention the post. Are you excited about the return of the X-Files? [Read more...]

Straining Out Two Corinthians

It struck me, in discussing the flap about Donald Trump saying “Two Corinthians” rather than “Second Corinthians,” the reaction says a lot about conservative Evangelicalism. Conservative and fundamentalist Evangelicals will react more strongly to how you refer to the Bible, than to a betrayal of the Bible’s moral teachings. And hence my paraphrase of Jesus’ saying about straining [Read More...]


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