R2-XKCD2

A friend of mine drew my attention to today’s comic at XKCD:  It is at the intersection of religion and science fiction, so I felt I had to share it. But I’m not sure I get it. Is this suggesting that the voice from the bush is…C3P0?! Is the idea that it was against his [Read More...]

Van Helsing Theology

Monotheism of an absolute sort has a high probability of producing a rather boring story. One ultimate will, with no opposition, no rival, no equal. We see it depicted in Genesis 1 to at least a certain extent. Even if the origin of the original chaos is left unaddressed, we still have a depiction of a will [Read More...]

How Star Trek Should Have Ended

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Design Detective

Gordon Glover has made two amusing cartoon videos on Intelligent Design: I apologize for the delay in sharing these – I’ve known about them for a few days but didn’t manage to watch them until today. [Read more...]

I Told You So [a short story]

The day had finally arrived, and Col. Forrester breathed a sigh that was at once one of relief and of anxious anticipation. Their contact with the Yorok, the first extraterrestrial race of whose existence Earth had come to have definitive proof, had begun several decades earlier, when a team of radio astronomers had accidentally intercepted [Read More...]

Music via the Internet Archive

There is a significant amount of music as well as the many books and backup copies of web sites at the internet archive. Here’s Paul Hindemith’s Nobilissimo Visione and Howard Hanson’s Serenade for Flute and Strings. http://www.archive.org/flow/flowplayer.commercial-3.0.5.swf?0.5155667281809887 [Read more...]

Science and Religion in the Blogosphere

GrrlScientist mentioned that the latest Scientia Pro Publica, number 22, has appeared. This is essentially a carnival of science blogging, with a particular focus on blogging aimed at helping a broader public understand science. Homebrewed Christianity continues the series on surviving the Christian right with a post on evolution. Josh Rosenau responded to Jerry Coyne’s [Read More...]

Coptic Material on John the Baptist

One of the subjects I’m currently working on is comparing the treatment of John the Baptist in Mandaean, Nag Hammadi, and other sources. I’m hoping to include for consideration as much material as I can from Christian and even Islamic sources, as these may be useful in helping to trace the influences on the Mandaeans [Read More...]

Die mandaeische Gnomologie Johannes des Taeufers

In spite of my recent posts on Google and research, I neglected to take my own advice and Google first before trying inter-library loan or other methods of obtaining an item. Here’s a Mandaic text (transcribed into Hebrew/Aramaic characters) with translation and discussion in German, which you can read online here, or read and download [Read More...]

Incentive for Language Learning

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Biblical Studies Carnival, February 2010

Brooke Lester has posted Biblical Studies Carnival LI over at his blog Anumma. [Read more...]

The Planets

The Butler Symphony Orchestra gave a wonderful performance today of Holst’s famous The Planets, accompanied by a creative montage of video footage. Richard Aulden Clark conducted. The image above is from NASA. [Read more...]

Biblioblog Top 362 for February 2010

Jeremy Thompson has posted the rankings for this month. Exploring Our Matrix came in at #5. [Read more...]

To Foster Critical Biblical Scholarship

Alan Lenzi has an interesting post, inspired by an SBL review that denigrated mainstream critical scholarship, which concludes with the suggestion that SBL ought to change its motto from “To foster Biblical scholarship” to “To foster critical Biblical scholarship.” While I appreciate the spirit of his post, the notion of “uncritical scholarship” seems to me to [Read More...]


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