We’re All #1 Meme

To end the old year/begin the new year right, I thought I’d provide a fun antidote (or at least supplement) to the atheist/Christian biblioblog rankings kerfuffle. Different systems assess different things and rank differently, which could potentially lead to arguments over who is really ranked this way or that. On the other hand, we’re all good at something. [Read More...]

Total Eclipse of the Literalists

I’m not sure if this video is a useful illustration of the dangers of literalism. But it offers lyrics that literally describe what’s going on in the video for “Total Eclipse of the Heart,” and I think you’ll find it funny: HT 3quarksdaily [Read more...]

The LOST Supper

Fans of Battlestar Galactica will remember the Last Supper photo taken in connection with that show. Now LOST has joined in what may well become a sci-fi tradition: [Read more...]

The War On New Year

Since the war on new year shows no sign of abating, I have decided to repost a blog entry of mine from this time last year which addresses the subject: Apparently the forces of darkness are mounting an attack, this time on the Christian holiday of New Year’s Day, which commemorates and worshipfully celebrates the [Read More...]


I saw Avatar (in 2D), and although I understand why it has been criticized for engaging in a romantic orientalist (or perhaps even racist) view of the encounter between “primitive” and technologically advanced, the detail with which the beautiful world of Pandora was created largely made up for it, in my mind. (A recent carnival [Read More...]

Of The Ranking Of Biblioblogs There Is No End

Joseph Kelly has decided to keep the tradition alive of ranking the top biblioblogs each month. [Read more...]

Biblioblog Battles

There’s a skirmish in the biblioblogosphere as Polycarp denies John Loftus the status of biblioblogger, and John retorts that such accusations are motivated by jealousy at his ranking. Others have already joined the fray. This should be interesting fun… Remind me again – what’s the official definition of a “biblioblogger” anyway? [Read more...]

Welcome Visitors From Ontario!

For some time now, I’ve noticed a regular stream of visits from Ontario, Canada, many of them from Carleton University. They usually come by searching on a Canadian search engine for my blog, and usually in an intense burst of visits. I’m not sure whether my blog is being mentioned in classes at the university, or if [Read More...]

The Fall of Hyperion

I finished reading The Fall of Hyperion today. I found its continuation of the theological explorations begun in Hyperion deeply satisfying. Although certain ‘mysteries’ revealed at the end of each book could be foreseen by attentive readers, I much prefer that to the Angels and Demons approach of writing a mystery and then contriving a reason [Read More...]

Opposing Fundamentalist Asantaists

Earlier today I read a witty bit of satire on the blog de-conversion, in a post entitled “Salvaging Santa.”┬áBut the more I thought about it, the more I realized that the approach to Santa depicted in that post – and the approach to faith it was intended to parody – is in fact one that [Read More...]

Following The Historical Jesus, Following The Real Jesus

Although many have found the historical Jesus a figure they could not follow in the way they had once been able to follow the “Christ of faith,” it struck me recently that in some ways following the historical Jesus – i.e. making Jesus as understood and accessible through historical study a central component of one’s [Read More...]

How Useful Is The Google Reader Sidebar?

I remember when I first encountered the Google Reader sidebar as a fabulous feature on Mark Goodacre’s blog, and soon copied it on my own. I also know that there are people who still enjoy the links they find there. But I’m curious how many readers find those links useful, and how many never (or [Read More...]

The Spy Who Loved Christmas: Merry Mischevious Musical Mashups

I have an appreciation for music of various sorts, and hate to do anything to spoil good music (I know someone who cannot enjoy several pieces of Rachmaninov because they were hijacked as pop songs). But I also enjoy musical satire (as my mentions of and links to Igudesman and Joo and Victor Borge indicate). And [Read More...]

The Blue Parakeet In Sunday School

Starting next Sunday, my Sunday school class will be reading Scot McKnight’s book The Blue Parakeet: Rethinking How You Read the Bible together. We’ll be reading chapter 1 for next time. For those who may be interested, I previously reviewed the book here on this blog. [Read more...]