Wrong Place Name?

N(o)T Wrong has chimed in on the topic of the place of Jesus’ birth. [Read more...]

More Q, More Christmas, More Blogging All Around

Rick Sumner has posted a response to my post and the nativity stories. Although he makes general statements about Luke’s creativity and use of sources which are certainly true, it isn’t clear to me that he actually comes up with a plausible scenario for Luke’s compositional activity which involves use of Matthew’s infancy story to [Read More...]

Loving Ultimate Reality

“NT Wrong” offered an interesting response to my post about God, projection and our values. Although the points made there are important, I think that it is indeed possible to love a God who is infinite and ineffable. Scientists who love reality and love discovering even a tiny fraction more about reality are doing much [Read More...]

Genie Scott on the History and Characteristics of Creationism

The National Center for Science Education made this available on their YouTube channel. [Read more...]

Contradictory Christmases

Having linked to some class notes of mine about the nativity stories in Matthew and Luke, I realized that they do not focus on one of the key contradictions between the two, namely the divergent geographical and temporal movements in the two stories. Sure, there is the problem of the date (Quirinius’ census vs. before [Read More...]

The Greatest Action Story Ever Told

HT Anthony Solomon on Facebook (I’d seen the first part of this before, but not the whole thing) [Read more...]

Confidence in Clergy

Apparently confidence in clergy has hit an all-time low. But I’m glad I took a closer look at the chart Heather Wax posted. Initially it appeared to be a straight ranking, placing the public’s perception of clergy honesty and ethics below car salespeople and even lawyers! [Read more...]

I’m a Twit

Or at least, I think that’s what you say when you finally cave in and sign up for Twitter. I currently have little interest in it, but I assume (especially after a friend sent me this) that I may need to become interested at some point, and I was concerned that by then all the [Read More...]

Luke 2:1 (Conservative Bible)

"And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from President Augustus, that all the world should be taxed less." [Read more...]

Andy Schlafly On The Colbert Report

Andy Schlafly (founder of Conservapedia and the Conservative Bible Project) was on The Colbert Report yesterday: The Colbert Report Mon – Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30c Andy Schlafly www.colbertnation.com Colbert Report Full Episodes Political Humor U.S. Speedskating I loved the contrast between the “best of the public” vs. “the mathematicians” and the whole discussion of what [Read More...]

Jim West’s Best Blog Posts Of 2009

Click here for a list of Jim West’s best blog posts of the year! [Read more...]

LOST University

I have got to find a way of integrating this into my class next semester. Alas, I don’t have Blu-Ray capacity (at least, not yet)… [Read more...]

Kent Hovind’s “Doctoral Dissertation”

The scare quotes in the title are necessary. This could be a hoax, of course, but a document that purports to be Kent Hovind’s “doctoral dissertation” is making the rounds. I couldn’t get the links at WikiLeaks to work, but this site has it. A Simple Prop has a photo of the “university” from which [Read More...]

Jesus from Nazareth

Most readers will already be aware of the NT Pod podcast on the question of Jesus’ birthplace by Mark Goodacre, and the response from Clayboy. I thought I’d chip in with my $.02 worth. For me, the fact that Jesus was known as “Jesus of Nazareth” (such designations indicated one’s place of birth, as the [Read More...]