Big Yellow Taxi, Bruckner’s Symphonies and Scholarly Confusion Between Orality and Quantum Mechanics

Blogging is a great place to think out loud and present things in ways and with illustrations that one might not consider appropriate in a scholarly paper. As it happens, I’m getting ready to read a paper about oral tradition and the Synoptic Gospels at the Midwest Society of Biblical Literature Conference. I’m also reading [Read More...]

The Clever Badger on the Burial of Jesus

A review of my book The Burial of Jesus has been posted at The Clever Badger blog. Do take a look! [Read more...]

Christian Spam

I had someone leave a comment on the last post that had nothing whatsoever to do with it. It was a long evangelistic appeal, in essence, that used Pascal’s wager (without giving credit and probably without knowing who Pascal was) and a lot of end-times pseudo-Biblical nonsense. As a rule I do not delete comments [Read More...]

Ottorino Respighi, Berceuse

My son and I performed Ottorino Respighi’s Berceuse (No.1 from his Six Pieces for Violin and Piano). He played the violin, and I accompanied him on the piano. This has long been one of my favorite pieces of music for violin and piano. I hope you enjoy the video! [Read more...]

Gabriel McKee’s Evil Twin?

If you haven’t seen it already, Gabriel McKee has written a review, entitled “Wrong on Religion; Wrong on Science Fiction”, for Internet Review of Science Fiction. It is a review of a book by James Herrick that I’ve also reviewed (my review gets mentioned in McKee’s). [Read more...]

Update on the Mandaeans, February 2009

Thanks to April DeConick for drawing attention to a news piece on WFCR about the situation of the Mandaeans both in Iraq and in the United States. You can listen to the whole thing there. [Read more...]

Fearfully and Wonderfully Made Up

A commenter named Jason asked some thoughtful questions in the comments section of my previous post. I’ve decided to reproduce the comment here, and then reply at length: I haven’t actually watched this video yet (my daughter won the battle this morning to play but I have seen quite a few like it and [Read More...]

The Chalk Cries Out

Thanks to AIG Busted for sharing this excellent YouTube video pointing out some major (i.e. glaringly obvious to anyone who looks at the evidence) problems with “flood geology”. There’s also some sarcastic humor to it too, making it all the more enjoyable. [Read more...]

LOST Untangled

For those trying to make sense of LOST, or who have just about given up on it, as well as die-hard fans, the new LOST Untangled video guide is not just helpful but funny. [Read more...]

Quote of the Day (F. Gerald Downing)

“Paul’s refusal to deploy the arts of persuasion (1 Thess. 2.4; Gal. 1.10) is itself a topos from the world of rhetoric, evincing a common awareness of the dangers involved in being too adaptable to one’s audience.” – F. Gerald Downing, Doing Things With Words In The First Christian Century (JSNTS 200, Sheffield Academic Press, [Read More...]

LOST and Found

Tonight’s episode of LOST continues to explore the time-hopping experience of those who remained on the island, as well as the gathering (at ever-increasing pace) of the Oceanic 6. If you haven’t seen the episode yet, spoilers follow. The fast pace presumably is not only because they only have 70 hours to accomplish it, but [Read More...]

2009 Inspiration Awards — for Inspirational Bloggers

I’m honored that Pastor Bob Cornwall would single out my blog from among so many as one that he particularly finds inspiring. Thank you! It is my duty to pass on the honor to others. As I try to do so, I find it incredibly difficult to narrow down the extensive list of blogs I [Read More...]

Quote of the Day (Candace Chellew-Hodge)

“Those who challenge our beliefs or push our emotional buttons are in our lives to teach us how to go deeper into ourselves and defuse our emotional hot buttons. Opposition is a gift to LGBT believers because it forces us to consider our beliefs and why we believe them. We can’t complacently or blithely give [Read More...]

Recession Hits The Galactic Empire

Apparently the economic struggles of the present day are not limited to our planet or our galaxy. Here’s a video of ex-Emperor Palpatine’s struggle to find work here on Earth: (HT SF Signal) [Read more...]