BioLogos Clarifies Genetics in Response to Intelligent Design Claims

BioLogos has posted a video addressing Intelligent Design from a Christian perspective. Untitled from BioLogos Foundation Inc on Vimeo. I would have made a different point than the host of the video does in her comparison between “Christian music” and ID’s supposedly “Christian science.” In fact, “Christian music” doesn’t involve Christians coming up with their [Read More…]

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Mythicism Meets Mandaism

Although mythicists are primarily focused on spreading unpersuasive ideas about Christian origins, at least one mythicist has decided to do the same in relation to the Mandaeans. Salm makes claims about the Mandaeans and Gnostics that are demonstrably false in his recent interview on Vridar. Mandaean sources consistently view celestial powers such as the sun, [Read More…]

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Explaining Mythicist Sleight of Hand

Magic tricks are fun, and having had the privilege of knowing a magician or two, I’ve also had the occasional trick explained to me. For some, knowing how any trick works seems to “spoil the magic,” but from my perspective, understanding how some tricks work only tells you what you should have known already – [Read More…]

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Mythicism’s Best Answers?

Earl Doherty, supposedly one of the better advocates for mythicism, has continued to provide evidence over at Vridar that all of my criticisms of mythicism are on target. Since Doherty is interacting with earlier numbered points of mine, I’ll use those numbers too here for ease of reference. #13:  The point is simply that the [Read More…]

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Sci-Fi Secrets of Sam Weiss and the Smallest Sith

Two videos of interest via IO9. One is about the character Sam Weiss on Fringe. It is mostly the producers saying that they can’t comment, but there are still some interesting details for careful “observers.” The second is an interview with the youngest, and currently one of the most famous, Sith lords: [Read more…]

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A Fair(y) Use Tale

Brad Matthies, a librarian and guru of all things copyright here at Butler, shared a few videos related to copyright and fair use, in a post about YouTube’s policies. This one is particularly good: [Read more…]

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Last Day Week for Super-Saver Registration for the SBL Annual Meeting

Thanks to Michael Halcomb for the reminder that this is the last week to register for this year’s Society of Biblical Literature Annual Meeting at the super-saver rate. I’m already registered, but I figure others who put it off for as long as I usually do might appreciate a reminder. [Read more…]

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Quote of the Day

“If God had meant us to see the sunrise, he’d have scheduled it later in the day.” — author unknown (seen on a Facebook profile) [Read more…]

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Fringe: Bishop Talks to God

I’ve said before that Fringe offers much that LOST did and at times does a better job of providing a coherent story with answers. Of course, there are lots of loose ends that might still be left open: Who build the machine? How could they have designed it with Peter in mind? Who are the [Read More…]

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Happy Easter!

From me and Rimsky-Korsakov: [Read more…]

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James the Brother of the Lord and Mythicism

Neil Godfrey has posted a “response” from Earl Doherty that nicely illustrates, as usual, why mythicism is not taken seriously by most people, but more importantly pretty much anyone with actual expertise in history and a genuine interest in applying historical methods to learn about the past. The post is in fact intended to provide [Read More…]

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Latvian Sacred Music

Here are a couple of snippets of contemporary choral music by Latvian composers. Latvia has one of the richest and most remarkably vibrant cultures of choral singing I have ever encountered. First, the only excerpt from Passion and Resurrection by Ēriks Ešenvalds which I managed to find on YouTube. I had the privilege of hearing the [Read More…]

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Good Friday Around the Blogosphere

Kim Fabricius reposted a Good Friday sermon encouraging you to lose your faith. Undeception looks at how many Christians misunderstand justice. See too Randal Rauser’s post on the death of Jesus and imputation. Deirdre Good blogs Frank Martin’s “Golgotha.” If that’s not your cup of tea, then you can try Bruce Springsteen. and Nick Norelli recommend [Read More…]

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Good Friday News: Jesus Gets Life in Prison

The CNN Belief Blog reported about a group that decided to retry the case of Jesus, as a way of exploring the story and asking how it might have played out in a different time and context. [Read more…]

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