Proof These Are The Last Days?

This came my way via Facebook, and I thought I would share it here. I appreciate the irony that, by speaking falsely about the Book of Revelation and other parts of the Bible, and consistently being wrong about the future, many of the end-times focused Christians do indeed seem to be fulfilling Biblical predictions about the Last Days… [Read more...]

Dante’s Academic Inferno

From PHD Comics [Read more...]

Heart Strangely Cooled

Via Unvirtuous Abbey on Facebook. [Read more...]

Don Francisco on the Bible as Idol

Christian music artist Don Francisco shared this striking reflection about the Bible on his Facebook page: “If the foundations are destroyed, what can the righteous do?” Answer: They can rebuild them. The foundations have been destroyed, but not in the simplistic way most of Western Christianity imagines– it has taken centuries of knee-jerk defensiveness, blind acceptance and willful [Read More...]

Different Bricks, Different Bibles

Now that it has been published, I wonder whether anyone will do a comparison between The Unofficial Holy Bible for Minecrafters: A Children’s Guide to the Old and New Testament, and The Brick Bible - which is most definitely not aimed at children. How do they approach their storytelling? What is similar and different about them? How [Read More...]

Mandaean Contributions to Islamic Civilization

I received word about the new book series below, and wanted to share it here, since it explicitly mentions the Mandaeans! New book series: Edinburgh University Press Non-Muslim contributions to Islamic civilisation Series editors: Professor Carole Hillenbrand and Dr Myriam Wissa Non-Muslim contributions to Islamic civilisation is a new edited series which deviates from the [Read More...]

I Still/No Longer Believe

There’s been another interesting convergence of the blogosphere. Brandon Withrow shared his story of losing faith while teaching at seminary, and as a result departing from there. Christopher Skinner blogged about it, and asked what it is that leads to this experience being so common (UPDATE: see also his follow-up post about Jay Oord’s departure from [Read More...]

Question Jesus (He’d Want You To)

Two posts converged recently in my reader – one from David Hayward with the above cartoon, the other from Neil Carter about the last time he went to Sunday school, and the impact that the discussion of the Israelite extermination of the Canaanites had on him. In the latter post, Carter writes: Religious dogma can put [Read More...]

Reading without Interpreting?

Via God of Evolution. It was shared in a post called “Two Memes About The Bible” and so you’ll need to click through it you want to find out what the second one was. The point is an important one. If you have not “interpreted” a text, then you have not made sense of the [Read More...]

Are Sacred Texts All The Same?

This image from Pliny the In-Between is an attempt at humor, but raises an important question. Are all sacred texts the same, with the only differences being the sort that Mad Libs are famous for, but with a common structure beneath it all? My inclination is to say no. Even within the Bible, one will find [Read More...]

Dead Sea Drone

Thank you to Dănuț Mănăstireanu for drawing this video to my attention! It is taken by a drone, and includes the Dead Sea and its vicinity, including Masada. [Read more...]

Asking the Right Question

Two blog posts came to my attention yesterday, both focused on the importance of asking the right question, although otherwise on very different topics. First, Ben Irwin highlighted New Testament scholar Dale Martin’s words quoted in the image above. Determining what the loving thing to do is is not simple or challenging. But it is the right [Read More...]

New Trailers – Doctor Who and Mockingjay

Doctor Who returns to television in September. But Comic Con usually offers teasers for upcoming seasons and movies, and this year is no exception. IO9 shared this trailer, which really does make the upcoming season hard to wait for: The BBC Doctor Who blog breaks down the trailer and highlights lots of details, while IO9 has more details [Read More...]

When Churches Make People Need Therapy (or Why Anti-Gay Christianity is an Abomination)

I confess that I was not aware of Shane Dawson before I saw this video which has been circulating over the past couple of days. [NOTE: video contains swearing] I want to express my appreciation for the honest sincerity with which Dawson talks about his sexual identity. And I want to draw attention to the role that [Read More...]


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