Highway Driving 101

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First Monthly Bibliovlog Carnival (Topic: Mythicism)

Joel Watts, inspired by Rodney, posted the following: During the first week of October, I would like to host a carnival or sorts on mythicism. I would like two ten-minute presentations, pro and con. They must be a video of some sort. No, you don’t have to be on the camera, and yes, you can [Read More…]

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Secret Mark vs. Secret Morton

Craig Evans wrote a piece for The Bible and Interpretation about the Secret Gospel of Mark, explaining why he is very suspicious and considers it likely that it was in fact fabricated by Morton Smith. Mike Kok, Rod of Alexandria and Tom Verenna also shared views on the subject. There are questions that it is [Read More…]

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DM Arrested! #Mabus

Many longtime readers will know that my blog was one that was subjected to spam attacks from Dennis Markuze, otherwise known as “DM.” His spam attacks on atheist blogs were far worse. The good news is that Montreal police are finally taking the matter seriously. His spam comments regularly included death threats. Today, via Twitter, [Read More…]

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Trojan Horse Update

Doug Chaplin informed us that his blog Clayboy is closing down and he is moving elsewhere. He started things up on his new blog, journeys in a stranger land, by offering this punny reworking of a classic cautionary tale: The modern day Mycenaean cyber-warriors devised a cunning plan to get into Troy. They sent the [Read More…]

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Review of Earl Doherty’s Jesus: Neither God Nor Man chapter 10 part one

It has been almost a month since the last installment of my review of Earl Doherty’s book, Jesus: Neither God Nor Man, although I have blogged about mythicism and even interacted with Doherty himself in the intervening period. Chapter 10 begins part four of the book, “A World of Myths and Savior Gods,” and the [Read More…]

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Rainbow (Beautiful Music – Just Ignore the Scary Panda Monster)

When I traveled to Latvia with students, one delight was discovering that country’s rich musical heritage. Here is a piece I listened to today by one of my favorite Latvian composers, Jānis Ivanovs. Just ignore the image of a scary, three-headed panda breathing rainbows and enjoy the music! [Read more…]

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Liberalism Around the Blogosphere (and in the aftermath of the Indiana State Fair tragedy)

Mike Bird’s caricature/critique of Liberal Christianity and my response to it are getting some discussion around the blogosphere (as well as on Reddit). See in particular Mason’s discussion of both posts and his question about whether liberalism and progressivism are the same. Those who find my exchange with Mike interesting will probably also be interested [Read More…]

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Jerusalem and the Holy Land: A Spectacular Aerial Journey

Thanks to Stephen Cook for pointing out this video, which is just a sample of a 3D IMAX movie that is scheduled for release in 2013. Even, or perhaps especially, having just been to many of these places very recently, I can say that this video provides a unique perspective from above. The view is [Read More…]

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This Post May Cause Some Readers to Stumble

It is only recently that I have discovered how useful and interesting some of the popular sites for sharing web links can be. StumbleUpon is one which has had a button representing it on my blog posts for some time. But I didn’t pay that much attention, until I noticed that an initial foray into [Read More…]

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Sense of Wonder

I received my copy of Sense of Wonder: A Century of Science Fiction yesterday. I really do have a sense of wonder as I ponder what it has managed to do, bringing together actual science fiction stories and critical essays on a range of topics and issues from a range of perspectives, in a massive [Read More…]

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Liberal Christianity – An Affirmation

Mike Bird offered a caricature of Liberal Christianity which it would be wrong to dismiss out of hand. The trends and pitfalls that he highlights on the liberal end of the spectrum are real dangers. The churches which were so flexible and so in tune with the social norms of their time that they had [Read More…]

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The Shadow Bible

A commenter on a recent post mentioned the experience of highlighting substantial parts of a work by Nietzsche while working on an essay. Years later, he found the text and tried reading those parts he hadn’t highlighted, to see what was in the sections that he didn’t find significant at the time. He then went [Read More…]

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Pythonesque Optimism

I discovered the blog Geeks of Doom yesterday. It included this T-shirt image that all fans of Monty Python will understand and enjoy. While a few of you may actually want to get the T-shirt, I suspect that even those who don’t will want to share the image. Also from that site is a lot [Read More…]

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