Quote of the Day (Sherry)

"There are those who believe that God literally "dictated" word for word the entire document. This would be fine, but admittedly if true, God is about a C+ at best as writer and historian." –'It's Just a Matter of Interpretation' by Sherry at A Feather Adrift http://afeatheradrift.wordpress.com/2009/12/17/its-just-a-matter-of-interpretation/ [Read more...]

The First Sunset: The First Meeting

The discussion group I’ve organized involving faculty in religion, philosophy and biology met for the first time today (at a theological discussion center not far from campus) to discuss ancient and modern ideas of creation, divine action and causality as well as their relation (or not) to the natural sciences. Our jumping-off point for discussion [Read More...]

First And Future Christmases Around The Blogosphere

Biblical Archaeology Review has a free book in pdf format entitled The First Christmas, with perspectives from Biblical scholars about subjects such as the star and the birthplace of Jesus. There are some interesting Christmas perspectives around the blogosphere. Robin Parry recommends taking Christ out of Christmas. Richard Hall offers a defense of materialist Christmas, [Read More...]

Merry Christmas from the Doctor

You see, no wimpy “happy holidays” from our favorite time lord… (HT Planet Gallifrey via IO9) [Read more...]

It Was Twenty Years Ago Today

The start of Romanian’s revolution which led to the overthrow of its Communist dictatorship, that is. [Read more...]

Half Human On His Mother’s Side

When they hear the title of this blog post, Doctor Who fans will undoubtably think of the Dr. Who television special which claimed that the Doctor was half human – a notion then dropped from the canon of the show, unless I’m mistaken. Classicists may think of any number of demigods from classical mythology. But [Read More...]

Every Star Shall Sing A Carol

An increasing number of people are finding their way to this blog searching for keywords related to Sydney Carter’s Christmas carol, “Every Star Shall Sing A Carol.” It is definitely something that I’ll discuss in my religion and sci-fi class next semester. I thought I’d provide the YouTube video and lyrics that I found online, [Read More...]

Hurley, Dude!

LOST fans will appreciate this video, which compiles all the times Hurley says “dude.” It then provides a statistical analysis, include calculations by season and DPE (“dudes per episode): HT Dispatches From The Island [Read more...]

The Only True God in Paperback?

Some of you probably would love to own your own copy of The Only True God: Early Christian Monotheism in Its Jewish Context, but let’s face it, hardcover academic books are on the expensive side, and some of you are not made of money. (Note to readers who are made of money: Please do send [Read More...]

Hard Act To Follow

The Canadian Centre for Progressive Christianity shared this innovative church advertisement: The church responsible for the ads is a progressive Christian congregation, which said that the ad “is designed to challenge stereotypes about the way that Jesus was conceived, and get people talking about the Christmas story.” You can listen to the podcast online on [Read More...]

Young Earth vs. Ancient Culture Smackdown in The Onion

The Onion is often hilarious, but I wonder whether people who are not Bible geeks like me will find this article from today as amusing as I do. The headline reads “Sumerians Look On In Confusion As Christian God Creates World.” Enjoy! [Read more...]

Dr. Jim at the Cutting Edge of Homeopathic Scholarship

Dr. Jim Linville’s blog is always entertaining, but I particularly want to point out two recent posts related to homeopathy: First, there is a “homeopathic blog post” from last month, in case you missed it. Then, today Jim shared an announcement about a homeopathic degree program that many will find interesting. [Read more...]

Indexed Oral Tradition

The blog Indexed is famous for its humorous Venn Diagrams, which I assume we’ve all seen at some point. But I didn’t know that it not that long ago made an attempt to intersect with the biblioblogosphere – and perhaps not entirely successfully. But this chart may at least stimulate discussion – what do you [Read More...]

NOT How I View The Relationship Between Science and Faith

The image below does not reflect how I view the relationship between religion and science. But it is funny nevertheless, and it does reflect the views of some people. HT Eric Michael Johnson, who shared it in a post that is worth reading, focusing on an example of how critics of evolution demonstrate their lack [Read More...]