Be Thou Not Liberal?

Having had some conservative Christians label me as “liberal” in recent weeks, with the apparent assumption that doing so is all that is necessary in order to show that I’m wrong, I began thinking about this question: Where do conservative Christians find in the Bible the idea that liberalism is wrong? Given the propensity of conservatives [Read More...]

LOST: It Only Ends Once…But Then You Can Go Back And Watch It Again!

Mark Traphagen has begun a series on LOST on his blog the League of Inveterate Poets. After blogging about the finale, Mark has now begun the process of rewatching the series from the beginning and blogging about it with the whole of the series, including the ending, in mind. LOST fans wondering what they can do [Read More...]

Conversations on Jesus’ Speeches and Memory in the Biblioblogosphere

Judy Redman posted on the speeches of Jesus and recent research on the psychology of memory as it relates to verbatim recall with and without textual assistance. Michael Bird posted Nick Perrin’s response to Judy’s blog entry about his book. Judy responds on her own blog. Earlier Doug Chapin discussed Judy Redman’s defense of April [Read More...]

Happy Geek Pride Day!

The Geek Muse drew attention to the fact that today is Geek Pride Day – according to Wikipedia. I dispute that the day should be understood to apply equally to nerds, but that is neither here nor there. Nerds rank above geeks in their editing of Wikipedia, and so if they say the day applies to [Read More...]

The Ending of LOST Explained

Nik at Nite has shared an explanation of LOST that claims to be from someone at Bad Robot and reflect the outlook of the show’s creator, producers and writers. It may or may not be authentic, but at first glance it seems at the very least to come from someone who has insight into the [Read More...]

Trinitarians Without Colons? Rob Bowman on 1 Corinthians 8:4-6

Having had my attention grabbed, I looked to see where else I was mentioned in the Trinity debate. I knew that my book had come up, but I was not aware just how often it was mentioned in the comments section. Rob Bowman mentions my interpretation of 1 Corinthians 8:4-6 in a comment. His first [Read More...]

Worshipping God and the King (A Neglected Verse in a Not-So-Great Trinity Debate)

I have been glancing at, but not following very closely, the “Great Trinity Debate” taking place over at Parchment and Pen. But skimming Rob Bowman’s concluding post, I saw a familiar name – my own! And so I took a closer look. Alas, what I found there was an assertion that I am wrong (not [Read More...]

Grading Rubric

From PHD Comics (HT Jim Getz). I’ll be thinking about whether to put the above comic on my syllabi… [Read more...]

Eureka – Departure (from Shackleton’s Voyage)

If you like Mike Oldfield, or Vangelis, or both, then you probably should try Eureka‘s album Shackleton’s Voyage. Here’s a sample: Frank Bossert is the musician behind the album. And if you’ve never heard music by Mike Oldfield, here’s your chance: [Read more...]

Teach the Controversy: Global Warming vs. Biblical Armaggedonism

Enjoy this video from The Onion. It was too relevant to themes on this blog not to share it. Apologies for the rude language in the final seconds! Groups: Biblical Armageddon Must Be Taught Alongside Global Warming [Read more...]

I Want My (Dose of James McGrath Talking about LOST on) MTV (News)

Today I did an interview with MTV news about the LOST finale and in particular some of the religious ideas and imagery connected with the “flash sideways universe.” The result is the article by Eric Ditzian, “‘Lost’ Finale: Experts Talk Impact Of Religion On The Island.” If you read it, let me know what you [Read More...]

George Enescu on Trilulilu (More Free Online Music)

Via a Romanian blog I came across via, I discovered another source of online music: Trilulilu. Here are some pieces by Romania’s best-known composer, George Enescu: Romanian Rhapsody No.1 Romanian Rhapsody No.2 Poema Romana Ballade for Violin mai multe audio Muzica Unfortunately details about the performers are often not provided. [Read more...]

Doctor Who and Planetary Profiling

The latest installment in the Doctor Who Media Club series has been posted at Religion Dispatches with contributions by Gabriel McKee and myself. [Read more...]

LOST Places In The Heart: Making sense of LOST now that it is over (SPOILERS!)

In this post I will begin the process of putting into words my reflections about LOST, and will mention and discuss the details of the finale. And so if you have yet to see the finale, and are trying to avoid SPOILERS, then you should probably bookmark this post and come back later. It is [Read More...]