Hubble’s Back!

Bad Astronomy points out the return of good astronomy, as Hubble comes back online and gives us this photo: Elsewhere around the blogosphere, Sandwalk responds to John Pieret about naturalism and God, while Michael Bird notes that the Carrier-O’Connell debate about the resurrection has begun online. [Read more...]

Around the Blogosphere

The discussion of whether Jesus existed has spread to C.Orthodoxy. Experimental Theology discusses the existence of Hobbes. Jason explains why you should vote – especially if your name is [insert name here]. Scotteriology explains why Barack Obama should be viewed as the Lord’s anointed one. Jesus Creed discusses racism in Christian theology. NT Wrong explains [Read More...]

200,000

Exploring Our Matrix just passed the 200,000 visitors mark. Thank you for visiting! [Read more...]

Historical Arguments and Skepticism

I’ve been having quite the interaction on this blog recently about the historical evidence for the existence of Jesus. More recently, Stephen Law has joined in and responded to me on his own blog. I know there are a lot of readers of this blog with some background in historical study including several who work [Read More...]

Around the Blogosphere

Michael Barber has a great quote from B. F. Streeter on form criticism. Deepak Chopra may be worth quoting on the subject of the upcoming election. The Austringer tells us what we can do to help support science education in Texas and warns of more Discovery Institute misinformation. NT Wrong separates bibliobloggers into liberal and [Read More...]

Dreaming about LOST

Last night I dreamt I was on the island. Behind everything that was going on there was an artificially intelligent computer. I don’t think my subconcious mind managed to contribute anything to unravelling the mysteries of LOST. A student of mine, on the other hand, is making better progress. He started watching only recently on [Read More...]

Did Jesus Exist On YouTube

OK, I admit it, a better title would be ‘”Did Jesus Exist?” on YouTube’. Be that as it may, I decided to upload a video addressing some of the points that I’ve been trying to make in recent discussions on this blog and elsewhere about the historical evidence for the existence of Jesus. Here’s the [Read More...]

I Slept Through Class

I didn’t sleep through class. But I did get an e-mail about a site called “I Slept Through Class“. The site offers students an opportunity to upload and download class notes. Are other educators aware of this? Do you think this is good news or bad? Will it encourage students to sleep through class, or [Read More...]

Stephen Barkley Reviews The Burial of Jesus

Stephen Barkley has posted a review of The Burial of Jesus on his blog and on Amazon.com. [Read more...]

Obama Revelations

It seems like the frenzy of interest in the possibility that Obama is the antichrist is increasing as election day draws closer. I’ve had more hits than usual on my blog today, most of them from people searching on search engines for keywords like “Obama Revelations 13″. Presumably they are looking for Revelation 13 rather [Read More...]

Crisis Cartoons

There were two cartoons posted on blogs recently, related to the current economic crisis in the United States, that seemed worth sharing. The first is from the Kenyan Daily Nation (HT Kouya Chronicle): The second I found at Shuck and Jive: [Read more...]

Messiah vs. Myth: Did Jesus Exist? A Response to Tom Verenna

I’ve begun a “bloggersation” with Tom Verenna, on the subject of the existence of Jesus. I hope that in future posts, Tom will call me James. Otherwise, I’ll come back and edit this post and call him something more than simply “Tom”! In his reply to an earlier post of mine to which I pointed [Read More...]

The Problems with Antiantisupernaturalism

In a discussion of The Burial of Jesus, which advocates the use of historical methods to investigate historical questions, I encountered the accusation that this approach reflects the “antisupernaturalism” of historians. I am convinced that this accusation is unfair, for two reasons. First, it is not simply historians who ask for more impressive evidence for [Read More...]

The Uncensored Bible

I won’t go into details about the book by John Kaltner, Steven L. McKenzie and Joel Kilpatrick, The Uncensored Bible: The Bawdy and Naughty Bits of the Good Book (HarperOne, 2008), both in order to allow readers to get the full possible enjoyment of the book, and to keep my blog G-rated. The book could [Read More...]


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