Jesus with or without Special Effects

Mike Leaptrott has a simply wonderful short reflection on his blog entitled “Jesus in CGI“. He considers the miracles and other such facets of the Gospels as “special effects” and considers how they (like modern CGI effects) have the potential to make the “movie” more or less enjoyable. Here’s a taste: Current flavors of fundamentalism [Read More...]


Recently I finally got around to watching the movie Appleseed and its sequel Appleseed: Ex Machina. You can watch the trailer for Appleseed here and the trailer for Ex Machina here. Like many works of Japanese anime, these movies explore the integration of human and machine, as well as other technologies such as cloning. Both [Read More...]

Society, Science and Scholarship Around the Blogosphere

The Nation (HT PaleoJudaica) has a piece about Guy Stroumsa’s book publishing Morton Smith’s correspondence with Gershom Scholem, which may shed light on the question of whether Smith forged the Secret Gospel of Mark. Pomomusings is up to chapter 3 in Jack Rogers’ Jesus, the Bible and Homosexuality. Religion Dispatches discusses “Sex and the Seminary” [Read More...]

When Captain Kirk Met The Doctor

Hat tip to Mark Goodacre for sharing this video clip (originally from of the U.S.S. Enterprise encountering the Tardis. [Read more...]

Mythicism and Inerrancy

There is an interesting parallel between the situation of those arguing for the inerrancy of the Bible and that of “mythicists”, i.e. those who argue that Jesus was originally thought of as a heavenly figure, one who was later then turned into an allegedly historical figure. The case for inerrancy has to be able to [Read More...]

Jesus, Poets and Prophets

I recall reading somewhere not long ago in my studies of oral tradition (which has touched on folksong, epic, and the Parry-Lord school) that those who composed such works would often withdraw to compose their works, and then would return and send out troubadors or other performers. I couldn’t help but think of the way [Read More...]

LOST: What Will Happen Next?

HT SF Signal [Read more...]

Battlestar Galactica: The Face of the Enemy Webisode #9

I’ve neglected for a while to mention when new installments in the Battlestar Galactica webisode series The Face of the Enemy have been made available, but I thought I’d mention the most recent, #9, since it includes a discussion of the human tendency (and ability) to see (or not see) what we want to. You [Read More...]

Sexual Disorientation?

Having posted several pieces both here and elsewhere on the subject of homosexuality, marriage, and the Bible, I suppose some readers may have been wondering about my own sexual orientation. And so, even though it may cost me some conservative Christian readers, I thought it was time to reveal the truth: I am a heterosexual. [Read More...]

Video Examining Creationism’s Foundations

AIG Busted shared this video – the last in a long series, apparently, addressing the ways in which antiscientific creationists approach the evidence and why it is so problematic. The very ending will make it worth having watched the whole thing through. If this isn’t your cup of tea, you could always try the video [Read More...]

Music and Physics

I would have made the quotation below, attributed to Albert Einstein, a “quote of the day”, but I have yet to find the original source from which it derives. If you know where it comes from, do let me know! “If I were not a physicist, I would probably be a musician. I often think [Read More...]

General Audiences Blog

Several other bloggers posted the “film rating” for their blog, and I’ve been meaning to do so as well. Having finally gotten around to it, here is the result: Perhaps having a plan for a rational dialogue and interaction is what helps keep things civil here. Although I doubt any of us gives the forethought [Read More...]

Science, Religion and Resolutions around the Blogosphere

Michael Barton and John Pieret address some myths about Darwin. Matt addresses some creationist “arguments” that have been refuted over and over again, and yet continue to be used. PZ Myers plays ping-pong with a poorly-informed science teacher. If you don’t want your children to grow up to spout nonsense on the subject of evolution, [Read More...]

Quote of the Day (Harold S. Kushner)

The name “God” stands for all those qualities in the world and in ourselves which our religious tradition labels as divine, that is, as comprising full human spiritual development, fashioning Man into what he is at his best and most fully realized. If Truth, Justice, Mercy, Generosity, Love are among the things we need to [Read More...]