The Last Question

I was reminded recently of the story “The Last Question” by Isaac Asimov. It explores the intersection between religion and science fiction in an intriguing fashion (and presumably served as the inspiration for George Zebrowski’s novel Macrolife). I discovered that the story is available online, both the original text and as a graphic novel (although the [Read More…]

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Josephus and Christianity

Does anyone have any thoughts, or recommendations of publications to read, on the subject of why Josephus fails to mention Christianity in his listing of Jewish “philosophies”? He can scarcely have been unaware of the movement’s existence, whatever one thinks of the authenticity of some original form of the Testimonium Flavianum, which in its extant [Read More…]

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Richard Carrier on Bayes’ Theorem, Historical Probability, and the Existence of Jesus

I had been hoping to listen to the interview with Richard Carrier on the blog Common Sense Atheism ever since I learned about it via Answers in Genesis Busted, Richard’s own blog, and a commenter here. Fortunately today I noticed that there is a transcript, which meant that I could read it, which takes less [Read More…]

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Obituary for the Academic Library

My colleague Brad Matthies shared a link to a bit of library science fiction in the Chronicle of Higher Education. It is an obituary, written in 2050, in the wake of the passing away of…the academic library. Brad also shared links to two articles about Wikipedia in academic settings. Both appear in the online journal [Read More…]

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Evolution, Thinking and Rethinking around the Blogosphere

Clayboy has a post on how what we already think determines how we interpret new information and evidence. Roger Olson’s post on theological biases explores similar territory.Martin Marty points out how those Christians who most vocally oppose contemporary media and cultural trends are often simultaneously those who have bought into them the most. C. J. [Read More…]

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Assorted Star Wars Awesomeness

Several bits of Star Wars related humor have popped up on blogs today. First, Aaron Rathburn shares a definition of Awesome: Stephen Smuts shared this video of Darth Benny-Hinn. Man, can he wield a lightsaber: And there’s also a video with Jon Stewart about Barack Obama as Luke Skywalker. The Daily Show With Jon Stewart [Read More…]

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Darwin Under The Microscope

in the book which was just released, In the Light of Evolution: Essays from the Laboratory and Field, is available online as a pdf. Carl Zimmer’s chapter The chapter explains how the study of evolution in the present day is far better understood than in Darwin’s time, due to our knowledge about genetics and the experiments have [Read More…]

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What is the Bible?

I often start my one-semester course on the Bible with the question “What is the Bible?” Even seemingly obvious answers – such as “It’s a book” – need to be qualified and corrected (it is in fact a collection of books and other kinds of literature). A couple of posts around the blogosphere relate to [Read More…]

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Clash of the Titans

I recently watched the 2010 remake of Clash of the Titans.It doesn’t attempt rigid fidelity either to the original or to Greek mythology, and so I won’t evaluate it in those terms. The movie in fact does interesting things with its source material, essentially turning a war of the gods that humans get caught up [Read More…]

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Steve Martin Concludes His Evangelical Dialogue on Evolution

Steve Martin has posted what is likely to be his last post on his blog An Evangelical Dialogue on Evolution. He has turned some of his blogging into an ebook, and recommends that those interested in continuing interaction on the topic turn to BioLogos – which today posted part 4 in a series on the [Read More…]

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Faith, Doubt and Agnosticism around the Blogosphere

Like a Child discusses a heartwrenching year of disentangling herself from fundamentalism.Terri discusses agnosticism and church attendance.Jim Burklo takes comfort in rituals.Carol Merritt shares thoughts on education, progressives and conservatives.C. J. O’Brien discusses what Christianity should be about.Charles Halton recommends changing your mind this year (including a ‘poem’ by Donald Rumsfeld!).Dănuţ Mănăstireanu shared a link to [Read More…]

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NT Wrong (no relation to NT Wrong)

Rod of Alexandria points out that there are (at least) two NT Wrongs. In fact, I have known at least a few others. But it certainly leaves room for confusion. Can you impersonate a pseudonym? [Read more…]

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The New #1 (and #3 and #13) Biblioblogger!

A third method of ranking biblioblogs was introduced recently by Daniel McClellan, who decided to ignore Alexa ranking and the Lacanian-Wrongian objective scale, and take a democratic approach, asking people to vote. The biblioblogosphere has spoken, and Exploring Our Matrix has been crowned the #1 biblioblog using this new method. Thank you to everyone who [Read More…]

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Historical Jesus and Evolution around the Blogosphere

Diglotting has begun reviewing Michael Licona’s The Resurrection of Jesus: A New Historiographical Approach. I too have a copy of the book on my shelf, waiting to be reviewed, and am looking forward to getting to it in the near future. Ari (on his blog of awesome) links to Craig Evans’ review of Robert Price’s Incredible Shrinking [Read More…]

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