The Latest Dharma Special Access Video

The latest of the Dharma Special Access videos have been made available. In the first, the producers give intentionally ambiguous answers to fans’ questions. The only straight answer is when they tell us that the smoke monster existed on the island before the Dharma Initiative got there. There is also another clip from the season [Read More...]

Looking for Goodness

On tonight’s Heroes finale, Sylar puts a bunch of the show’s “heroes” together in circumstances planned to bring out the worst in them, to see whether they are capable of killing, of being “monsters” like he is. But in fact, as he confronts Angela trying to get at the truth, he almost begs her to [Read More...]

Countdown

I’ve created a countdown timer until the big event: The NT Wrong interview, scheduled for February 1st, 2009. http://www.oneplusyou.com/bb/files/countdown/countdown.swf?co=0099FF&bgcolor=FFFFFF&date_month=02&date_day=01&date_year=1&un=NT WRONG: THE INTERVIEW&size=giant&mo=02&da=01&yr=2009 [Read more...]

Gnostic Flow Chart

This semester in my “heresy” class, the relationship between various aeons, archons and entities in various Gnostic texts became confusing, as it often does. I looked into it, but was disappointed to find that there didn’t seem to be a flow chart readily available outlining the Gnostic emanations. Well, one student decided to take matters [Read More...]

Around the Blogosphere

Peter Rollins has a challenging story called “The Rapture” that I highly recommend reading. Tony Jones shares a quote on the Newsweek kerfuffle (which I think is now the official way of referring to the recent article on the Bible and gay marriage the the reactions to it). Michael Spencer blogs about an ideal evangelicalism [Read More...]

Around the Blogosphere

Matt Montonini has found some free NT Greek classes on YouTube. Kay has a post on the universal good news. Sandwalk shares some statistics on the religious beliefs of scientists (broadly defined). Debunking Christianity shares several links to resources about the Hebrew view of the universe by Dr. Paul Seely. James Getz has shared YouTube [Read More...]

Passages vs. Principles

I’ve had an article published in Religion Dispatches. The title is “Passages vs. Principles“, and it compares the use of the Bible in current debates about homosexuality to its use in the controversy over slavery. Do take a look, and leave a comment there, here, or both! [Read more...]

The Second Commandment and Biblical Literalism

The second commandment (on the counting of some this is the second part of the first commandment) as found in Exodus 20:4 reads as follows: “You shall not make for yourself a carved image—any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water [Read More...]

Recipe for Biblical Literalism

Take one part overly-familiar Bible verses. Repeat these verses over and over again until a thick, opaque layer is formed. Use this layer to cover the remaining 39 parts consisting of Bible verses that do not talk about the same subject as those more familiar verses, verses which seem to disagree with them, as well [Read More...]

Around the Blogosphere

At the top of the list must go Mark Goodacre’s post about the failure of the sites Early Christian Writings and Early Jewish Writings to rise from the dead. Fortunately the internet archive comes to the rescue, as usual. Tony Jones, Fred Anderson and Daryll Bock are among those who’ve reacted (in very different ways) [Read More...]

I Want To Believe…and to Doubt

Last night I finally watched X-Files 2: I Want To Believe. Particularly interesting were the issues of faith and doubt, which the two characters have symbolized throughout the series. And the symbolism continued to be explored as we found Mulder and Scully together and yet not married, unable to be together completely in spite of [Read More...]

Evolution and Creationism Videos

Several interesting videos related to evolution and creationism have appeared. First, from right here in Indiana, the Secular Alliance of Indiana University visited the Creation Museum in Kentucky and made a video about it (HT AIG Busted): http://vimeo.com/moogaloop.swf?clip_id=2479296&server=vimeo.com&show_title=1&show_byline=1&show_portrait=0&color=&fullscreen=1SAIU trip to the Creation Museum from Secular Alliance on Vimeo. Second, video footage of Richard Dawkins interviewing [Read More...]

Quote of the Day (Allow Gay Marriage Facebook Group)

“Why can a drunk man and a female exotic dancer get married in ten minutes in Las Vegas (and probably get it annulled within 24 hours), but two men who have been devoted to each other for several years can’t?” – From the description of the “Allow Gay Marriage” group on Facebook [Read more...]

Most Dangerous Bloggers of 2008

I am grateful to David Ker for the honor of being included on his list of the “Most Dangerous Bloggers of 2008“. I also like the particular warning label he chose for me: I’m not usually in a bad mood, am I? At any rate, I do hope that the rest of what he said [Read More...]


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