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. It’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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NT Wrong on why Matthew and Luke’s Infancy Stories do not stand up as History

Mark Stevens has a guest post by NT Wrong about issues of historicity in the infancy stories in the Gospels of Matthew and Luke. [Read more…]

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Religion and Science Halos

Arni Zachariassen shared a cartoon from Mikey Burton. Burton labelled it as comparing a good student to a smart one, but Arni interpreted it in terms of “religion and science.” What does it suggest to you? The cartoon originally appeared accompanying an op-ed in the New York Times about how students are rewarded (or not) [Read More…]

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Grades Are In!

It is that time of year again, as winter begins and joy fills the hearts of professors everywhere. My grades for this semester have been submitted, and so now I can do nothing but relax and perhaps read for pleasure… I hope you laughed out loud at that last statement. It is so not true. But [Read More…]

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Jesus Auto-Complete Fail

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Domnuleţ şi Domn în Cer

The video version on YouTube of the Bucharest Madrigal Choir singing this carol is cut off at the end, so here’s an audio-only version of one of my favorite carols they perform, “Domnuleţ şi Domn în Cer” composed by Gheorghe Cucu. Corul Madrigal – Domnulet si Domn din cer http://embed.trilulilu.ro/audio/ruga/cbc78f3020ba94.swf Asculta mai multe audio diverse [Read more…]

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Approaching Milestone

Those few readers who regularly scroll all the way to the bottom of the blog may have noticed the little counter near the bottom left side, and thus may be aware that this blog is approaching an important milestone. Based on typical numbers of hits per day, there is a slim chance that the number [Read More…]

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Children Tell The Story Of Christmas (With Minor Amusing Variations)

http://o.aolcdn.com/videoplayer/AOL_PlayerLoader.swf HT Jesus Needs New PR [Read more…]

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