LOST Untangled: The Life and Death of Jeremy Bentham

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Cyber-Symbology in the early-21st Century: Call For Papers

David Ker has announced the following conference, to be held a millenium from now. Cyber-Symbology in the early-21st Century: Recursive Orality and Cotexting through Cyber-Psalm 26Date: February 29, 3008Location: TBACall for papers: Please submit title, abstract and a brief bio. Due to the nature of this conference an infinite number of papers may be submitted. [Read More...]

It Is Written: LOST and Slumdog Millionaire, Peter and Judas, Ben and John

Human beings in a wide variety of cultural and religious contexts find it comforting to think that everything happens for a reason, and this is a theme explored not only in various science fiction contexts in which notions of fate, destiny, and one’s path have been touched on (including not only LOST but also The [Read More...]

Quote of the Day (Kim Fabricius)

“Should it be of concern to Christians that Darwin was never more than a nominal believer? Only if, rejecting universalism, you are concerned about the destiny of his immortal soul. Otherwise – well, are you concerned whether your surgeon, mechanic, or hair stylist goes to church? Of course not. Your only concern is that she [Read More...]

Was Friends a Prototype for LOST?

If it seems that an innovative TV show like LOST doesn’t just appear out of nowhere, consider that Friends may have served as a testing ground for some of the key concepts. Here are some facets of Friends that resurface (often in a significantly different form) on LOST: 1) A small group of people live [Read More...]

Hans Holbein, The Body of the Dead Christ in the Tomb

I am working on finishing an article on the burial of Jesus for the Encyclopedia of the Bible and its Reception (in fact, the section I’m responsible for is that on the reception of the material in Christianity in modern Europe and America). Some mention of the painting by Hans Holbein the Younger that made [Read More...]

Anna M. Blanch Combats Grade Inflation

Blogger Anna M. Blanch, at her blog Goannatree, is reviewing the Top 100 blogs ranked as such recently by ChristianColleges.com. Here’s what she wrote about Exploring Our Matrix: Dr. James McGrath, associate Professor of Religion at Butler University, writes this blog about exploring the theological aspect of his “matrix” or “world.” The blog is primarily [Read More...]

Evolution and Religion Around the Blogosphere

Given that my last few posts have been about religion and science, I was struck by how many other blogs I read have also converged on this topic. Cliff Martin highlights the problem with Intelligent Design, taking Gordon Glover’s latest offering as his starting point. Bob Cornwall is defining science. Stranger Fruit revisits creationist credentialing. [Read More...]

A Closed Challenge to Neo-Darwinists

Uncommon Descent is such a hilarious place, I probably ought to have visited there more often than I have lately. For instance, Thomas Cudworth has posted what he calls An Open Challenge to Neo-Darwinists: What Would It Take to Falsify Your Theory? The funny part is that people like me, who would love to respond [Read More...]

Fearfully and Wonderfully Evolved

Today in my Sunday school class, we had our “evolution weekend” conversation that was postponed from last Sunday, when I was away at the Midwest SBL meeting. Many of the points that came up are ones that I’ve made before on this blog and elsewhere. For instance, I emphasized that there is nothing specifically limited [Read More...]

Darwin Was Wrong

Having had a chance to reflect somewhat on the (obviously sensationalist) headline from the cover of a recent issue of New Scientist, I think that it does more good than harm. Let me explain why. First, this cover helpfully (if potentially misleadingly) illustrates that Darwin’s theory is not being shielded from criticism by an atheistic [Read More...]

Weapons in the War on Science

I happened across a blog, “Science and Values”, to which I regret providing a link as it may contribute to them gaining Technorati or some other sort of “authority” they do not deserve. The most recent post illustrates the tactics used by deceitful individuals determined not only to attack science without warrant, but to give [Read More...]

God and Transhumanism

The science fiction web site IO9 picked up on my blog entry about robots named John and their questions for God, resulting in some interesting discussions both there and here. On a related subject, Metanexus’ online magazine The Global Spiral has an issue focusing on transhumanism. The title of the issue is “H+:Transhumanism Answers Its [Read More...]

LOST Lamp Post

Tonight’s episode of LOST was unusual, simply because it released tension rather than simply creating it. Things that we knew were bound to happen, things that we wondered about, we finally got to see. I won’t go into details, but those who have yet to see the episode may still wish to refrain from reading [Read More...]


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