The Star Wars Holiday Special

Scott Bailey has tracked down and shared videos of the 1978 Star Wars Christmas Special. If you want to watch, of learn more about it, pay his blog a visit. Meanwhile, here’s Jabba the Snow-Hut: see more Hacked IRL – Truth in Sarcasm [Read more...]

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Jesus H. Christ

Ben Blackwell has a post on “Jesus’ Names” which includes the suggestion that the phrase “Jesus H. Christ” comes from the use of IHC (the first three Greek letters of the Greek form of Jesus’ name, IHCOYC) in churches and their being misunderstood as Jesus’ initials. [Read more...]

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Ken Schenck on Constructing Jesus

Ken Schenck has begun reading and blogging through Dale Allison’s Constructing Jesus. Those interested in that book in particular, or historical Jesus, oral tradition, memory, and other related subjects more generally, will want to keep an eye on Ken’s blog in coming weeks. [Read more...]

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E-Fringe-elism

IO9 has suggestions on how to save Fringe from a fate that some will consider inevitable, given its transfer to Friday’s slot of doom. One suggestion is evangelism…and so I’m spreading the word. Fringe is awesome! [Read more...]

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Puritans Ban Christmas (and other 300+ year old news)

The Lead highlights a post by Paul Flesher about something that most Americans complaining about a “war on Christmas” have forgotten: earlier in American history, it was devout Christians who were waging a war against Christmas! Read Paul’s post and get a dose of irony sufficient to last you until Christmas! [Read more...]

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Website on Islam and Science Fiction

Thanks to Irtiqa for pointing out the existence of a web site dedicated to Islam and science fiction. In spite of the significant degree of interest in religion and science fiction, exploration of intersections between sci-fi and Islam are actually disappointingly rare. I’m sorry I only learned of the site now. It has been around for [Read More...]

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The Year 2010′s Christian News Roundup in Rhyme

Matthew Paul Turner has posted a rhyming roundup of the year’s events related to Christianity – the good, the bad and the Driscoll, as he puts it. It is worth reading not only because of its entertaining form, but because it provides a reminder of some things from earlier this year that may have slipped [Read More...]

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Lunar Eclipse Video

Thanks to IO9 for sharing this video of last night’s lunar eclipse, for those of us who were unable to see it in our area. Winter Solstice Lunar Eclipse from William Castleman on Vimeo. I’ve had the privilege of witnessing both a total solar eclipse and a total lunar eclipse, and they really are spectacular [Read More...]

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Tracking Down the Satan-Snake

Abnormal Interests has a post in which Duane Smith discusses his attempt to track down the earliest explicit identification of the serpent in Genesis 3 with Satan. It is so taken for granted in so many circles today, that it is surprising how hard it is to find an explicit identification in ancient sources more than [Read More...]

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Professor Obvious on Participation Grades

Thanks to everyone who has chimed in on my post on participation grades. In addition to discussion here, Jason Staples has shared some thoughts on the subject. In addition to the helpful thoughts about the subject, I was also struck by how many people commented, which suggests that the issue of participation, and how to [Read More...]

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A Million Hits

Apparently someone wanted to be the millionth hit on Exploring Our Matrix very badly. Today I’ve had in excess of 10,000 hits so far, mostly on the post about the number of hits on the blog nearing a million. I can just imagine someone spending the day clicking “refresh”… Anyway, thanks for the early Christmas [Read More...]

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Challenge to Anti-Intellectual Christians

This is a repost of something I wrote a couple of years ago.┬áIt’s a challenge to those Christians who denigrate scholarship as causing confusion and inappropriately asking questions and raising issues. Just read the Bible for yourself, without the aid of scholarship. Sounds simple, right? Sounds like just what you wanted to do? Not so [Read More...]

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Total Eclipse of the…Total Eclipse

Due to significant cloud cover, the lunar eclipse early this morning was not visible in my area. But it is good to hear that other bloggers managed to see it: Chet Raymo saw it in the Bahamas, and Charles Halton shared a link to photos as well as thoughts on eclipses in ancient Babylonia and Israel. [Read More...]

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Religious Discrimination, Science, and Christmas

Jesus Creed has been focusing a lot of attention on matters of religion and science lately. Today there is a post about the accusation of religious discrimination related to the case of Martin Gaskell. One important point that is made is that there are extremes of viewpoint and rhetoric on both sides which contribute to [Read More...]

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