Hyperion

I just finished reading Dan Simmons’ novel Hyperion and my only complaint is that I did not know sooner that the book was going to end with a cliffhanger, necessitating the reading of the sequel, The Fall of Hyperion (which I’ve started reading). I don’t necessarily mind an author doing that – but I do [Read More...]

Best Dollhouse Yet

I know it has already been cancelled, but tonight’s two-part episode of Dollhouse was the best so far. It had surprising twists and turns, revelations that led to new questions, as well as humor. It will be sad to see it go, but what remains before then promises to thrill and to entertain. And don’t [Read More...]

Gorgias Press Book Grant Applications for 2010

This will surely be relevant to some readers: In its efforts to promote education, Gorgias Press offers annually the Gorgias Book Grant. This program offers outstanding graduate students grants in the form of Gorgias Press publications. Grants consist of books in the value of $500.00 per grant. Each year, two such grants are distributed. 2010 [Read More...]

Evolution: The “Controversy” In Perspective

I am going to offer what I believe are some intelligent perspectives on topics like evolution, creationism, intelligent design and science education. But I don’t think any of them makes the point quite as poignantly as the front page of The Onion Magazine: The so-called controversy about evolution (not about the relationship and relative importance [Read More...]

Defending The Sanctity Of Marriage

Experimental Theology shared this eloquent speech by New York State Senator Diane Savino and I had to share it. Many of the points made have been made before, but I’ve rarely if ever heard them made as succinctly, as clearly, as powerfully, and as entertainingly in a single short video. [Read more...]

Go Where The Evidence Leads…But Don’t Let It Lead You THERE!

Following up on my post about the Bible, scholarship, and a recent blog post by Dan Wallace about liberal openness as a “myth,” Doug Mangum offers a post that highlights the tension between Dan’s motto (“go where the evidence leads”) and the penchant for heresy trials and excommunications at conservative institutions, which clearly send the [Read More...]

A Sexy Biblioblog With Pazang

The Biblioblog Top 50 has now shifted to a biannual ranking, based on more objective criteria such as sexiness and pazang. I came in third – WOO HOO! [Read more...]

My Performance In New Orleans

For those who missed my live performance in New Orleans, Jim Linville offers you the next best thing… [Read more...]

E.T. Phone Rome

Stephen Colbert touches on the recent Vatican pronouncement on aliens: The Colbert Report Mon – Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30c Gold, Frankincense and Mars – Guy Consolmagno www.colbertnation.com Colbert Report Full Episodes Political Humor U.S. Speedskating HT Science and Religion Today [Read more...]

The Biblioblog Top 50 is Dead; Long Live the Biblical Studies Carnival!

According to Jim West, the blogger formerly known as NT Wrong has decided to stop doing the Biblioblog Top 50. I don’t blame him, given the way the sheer number of biblioblogs has increased in recent months. But I do hope that something more like the original NT Wrong blog will be that blogger’s next [Read More...]

The Bible, Christianity and Scholarship

I’ve wanted to join in the discussion arising from Dan Wallace’s post about the Society of Biblical Literature, the low representation of Christians (whom he defines in specific terms as those taking a conservative stance on key tenets of orthodoxy) in the guild, and scholarship. But I’ve been resisting doing so for a variety of [Read More...]

Judge Jones in Bloomington, Indiana

I received an e-mail from the NCSE about an event that is just a few days away: I thought that you might like to know, albeit at short notice, that Judge John E. Jones III, who presided over the Kitzmiller v. Dover case in 2005, will be speaking on judicial independence at 4:00 p.m. on [Read More...]

Hubble Advent Calendar

HT to Phil Plait for pointing out the Hubble Space Telescope Advent Calendar for 2009, which began today at The Big Picture. Here’s a sample from last year’s calendar: [Read more...]

The Religion Beat

A new blog came to my attention today. It is called The Religion Beat, and it is a collaborative blog project connected with the Religion in the Public Sphere project at the University of Toronto. The most recent post (of which there are only three thus far) is on “The Origins of Ray Comfort’s Darwin” [Read More...]


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