Crazy Blessed Assurance Train

Is it just me, or can you totally fit the words to the hymn “Blessed Assurance” to the music of “Crazy Train”? On a not unrelated note, last weekend we got to hear a wonderful performance by Rachel Barton Pine, who, in addition to being a phenomenal classical violinist, also plays crossover renditions of heavy [Read More...]

LOST LaFleur

I won’t say too much about last night’s episode of LOST, except that using time travel to put some of the main characters in the time of the Dharma Initiative is a brilliant move. Either it allows the writers to tell a back-story that is necessary in order to resolve mysteries from earlier seasons without [Read More...]

Sinful Nature and the Changeling

The reading for this past week’s Sunday school class was Romans 5, to provide an opportunity to bring our last two topics (Jesus’ life and work, and evolution) together. We didn’t actually discuss the evolutionary aspects to any great extent, but we did focus on the question of what is meant by the “sinful nature” [Read More...]

Partial Knowlege, Totally Dangerous

We human beings have a tendency to take what little information we have and extrapolate from it into a worldview that guides our lives and our decisions. Perhaps that is inevitable. What makes it particularly pernicious, however, is our tendency not only to make generalizations based on our limited knowledge, but to then affirm with [Read More...]

LOST Magick

Through a round-about sort of way, I’ve happened across some interesting points of intersection between the TV show LOST and the writings of Aleister Crowley. Among Crowley’s writings are The Book of the Law (a book with a similar title featured in an episode of LOST) and an account of “The Lost Continent of Atlantis” [Read More...]

1 Martie

For those who have a special Romanian woman in their lives, don’t forget to get her a martisor, as tomorrow is March 1st. And flowers. Just a friendly reminder! [Read more...]

Of Probabilities, Talpiot Tombs and Jesus Ossuaries

Most people are aware of the discovery of the tomb in the Talpiot suburb of Jerusalem containing an ossuary apparently inscribed with the name Jesus son of Joseph, which was the focus of a documentary not that long ago. Scholars and other well-informed individuals know that the tomb in question was in fact excavated in [Read More...]

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 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...]