Textbook Perplexity: Exploring vs. Understanding the Bible

I am trying to figure out why Stephen L. Harris has produced two very similar textbooks on the Bible, and what if anything makes one better than the other. As far as I can see at the moment, Exploring the Bible is conveniently divided into chapters that correspond closely to the number of times a [Read More...]

Pictures Worth and With A Thousand Words

I shared three unrelated links earlier, and now have three pictures from the blogosphere that struck me. First, this creative piece shared by Peter Rollins: The message (if you read the caption) is “Be Born Again” and it turns out to be “evangelistic” – apparently trying to attract business to a plastic surgeon! Next, the British Library’s [Read More...]

Somebody Up There Likes Us [a short story]

“So what is it that makes this case so unusual, doctor?” asked the captain of the Zog ship. “Well, you know this single-celled organism that we discovered? It appears to be ‘unwell’, and yet the exact cause of the ‘ailment’ is almost impossible to determine” replied the Zog expedition’s chief scientist. “Please, do explain further,”said [Read More...]

Three Unrelated Links

Judy Redman explores the distinction between provable, probable and true in historical investigation. Carmen Andres explores the seemingly similar offers of Jacob and the Smoke Monster on last night’s episode of LOST. And the Unofficial Biblioblog List has asked for those bibliobloggers who have papers accepted for next November’s SBL annual meeting in Atlanta to [Read More...]

Congratulations to Brent Hege for Winning a 2010 John Templeton Award for Theological Promise

Noticing that two blogs I subscribe to featured congratulations to winners of The 2010 John Templeton Award for Theological Promise, I want to add my own voice and congratulate one of the winners, my friend and colleague Brent Hege. The award is for his book Faith at the Intersection of History and Experience: The Theology of [Read More...]

How Star Wars and The Matrix Should Have Ended

Wow, there really are a lot of these “How It Should Have Ended” cartoons, and all the ones I’ve seen so far are entertaining. There are ones for The Matrix, Avatar and Lord of the Rings. Here’s “How Star Wars Episode IV Should Have Ended”: And in case you’ve never seen it, here’s The Matrix [Read More...]


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...]