The Bible as Love Letter from Kierkegaard

Kyle Roberts wrote a response to my recent post about the Bible not being a love letter from God. Here is an excerpt: I’m currently co-authoring a commentary, so it may seem strange for me to come to the defense of Kierkegaard’s analogy. Aren’t I one of those who are dodging God’s Word precisely by writing academic [Read More...]

Karol Szymanowski – Litany to the Virgin Mary

How am I supposed to get work done, when I put on hauntingly beautiful music like this? [Read more...]

Sandwalking with Jesus

Larry Moran posted on his blog an excerpt from a conversation we had on Facebook. The conversation showed that he is confused about what historians investigate, because he (like conservative Christians) thinks that “the Jesus of the Bible” – the one who performs miracles and so on – is the only one that matters. I am [Read More...]

Ghazaros (“Lazar”) Saryan – Passacaglia in Memoriam

I heard this work by Armenian composer Ghazaros (Lazar) Saryan on Performance Today yesterday, and it made an impression. I found it on YouTube and thought I would share it. [Read more...]

Fundamentalism is Immaturity

This is from a post with the title “Inerrancy as developmental disability.” See also Bernier’s post on one of the ironies about inerrancy. Here is the larger context of the quote above: [T]he doctrine of inerrancy…is an attempt, vainly, to resist adopting the language of development in order to explain entities that have clearly resulted from [Read More...]

October 2015 Biblical Studies Carnival

Phil Long has posted the latest Biblical Studies Carnival, which includes a fascinating range not just of posts from the past month, but also details about the history of the carnival and its future. Click through and take a look! I’m particularly grateful that he has helped spread the word about the bibliobloggers’ and other [Read More...]

Further History-Denialism from Jerry Coyne

It boggles my mind and frustrates me when anyone engages in denialism, whether in science, history, or any other area. But when someone who has worked hard to combat denialism does it, it can seem downright baffling. But Jerry Coyne has done precisely that in the past, and continues to do so. In a recent blog post [Read More...]

New Star Trek Is Coming!

The news broke today that a new Star Trek series will be made, to premiere in January 2017 on CBS’s online digital streaming service, CBS All Access. That is definitely an example of Star Trek going where it has never gone before in its typical pioneering fashion. Since the executive producer will be Alex Kurtzman, it [Read More...]

Fundamentalism is Self-Righteousness

The above quote from Ian comes from a comment he left here on the post “Fundamentalism is a Lack of Self-Awareness.” He didn’t want it associated with his actual name, but I still thought it was worth drawing attention to his words. [Read more...]

Inerrancy is Used to Defend Sin

Inerrancy is only ever used to defend sin, whether that sin happens to be the enslavement of other human beings or the inappropriate exaltation of one’s own thinking. (The above words are from a comment I composed on Facebook, in a conversation discussing Biblical inerrancy.)   [Read more...]

Doctor Who: The Zygon Invasion

Doctor Who has rarely addressed current events as directly as in “The Zygon Invasion,” at least not since back in the days when the Doctor wore question marks on his lapel or his sweater rather than on his underpants. Spoilers about the episode ahead, if you haven’t watched it yet. The episode begins with snippets [Read More...]

Christians and Halloween

“Halloween is a Satanic holiday” is the most ridiculous, absolute lamest excuse that stingy people have ever come up with as an excuse to not give candy to those who ask for it. Christians, of course, will not use this excuse, since they know that Jesus himself said “Give to everyone who asks of you” (Luke [Read More...]

Museum of Science Fiction Journal of Science Fiction

Via Religion CFP and Penn English CFP, I learned that a new journal is being launched: MOSF Journal of Science Fiction. There is a call for papers for the inaugural issue. Here are the details: MOSF Journal of Science Fiction’s Inaugural Issue — DEADLINE: Nov. 30 full name / name of organization: Museum of Science Fiction [Read More...]

Jesus’ Gender Identity

PZ Myers and Hemant Mehta both shared excerpts from the cartoon from which the above is also a small section. Since many people would find the idea of Jesus as transgender or intersex to be horror-inducing, this seemed appropriate to share for Halloween… [Read more...]