Rather Umid?

I took a trip to Best Buy yesterday to look at netbooks and ebook readers. The Sony ereader they had was not functioning – not a great advertisement for the device. But I was impressed by how much smaller netbooks have become than they were even the last time I looked at them. Browsing online, [Read More...]

The Size of the Second Temple

Those of us who teach Biblical Studies at some point mention the site of the second Temple. Usually we struggle to find points of comparison – such as “approximately x number of football fields.” I don’t know why it never occurred to me to do what one student did for a presentation yesterday: She took [Read More...]

The Greatest of These Is Love

I’m grateful to Richard Beck for highlighting Paul’s own words on an important subject. Paul is famous for his emphasis on faith, and much contemporary Christianity follows his lead on this point. Yet when it comes down to it, Paul says that there is something more important than faith – more important even than the [Read More...]

Icelandic Sith

I’m not entirely certain what the story behind this video is, but one thing is certain: it fits into that category I’m interested in of religion and science fiction: HT Open Parachute [Read more...]

LOST is Back (x2)

I put the “x2″ in the title of this post to indicate that we not only had a double episode for the season premiere, but (at least) two different realities the stories of which are unfolding. The best bits of dialogue in the premiere came from the man in black, having taken the form of John Locke. [Read More...]

Jeremiah 7:22 as Evidence for the Date of Leviticus

A verse was mentioned in class today that seems to me to have a direct bearing on the date of Leviticus. Jeremiah 7:22 reads “when I brought your forefathers out of Egypt and spoke to them, I did not give them commands about burnt offerings and sacrifices.” This seems at first glance to provide fairly [Read More...]

Almost Here

Of course, the most exciting fast-approaching important event is the LOST season premiere tonight. But I thought that some readers who are prone to forget other important dates might appreciate a reminder that Valentine’s Day is also drawing near. The photo on the right is of a cupid that lost track of the date. You’ve been warned. Presumably there [Read More...]

Press Release About Appointment To Goodwin Chair

A press release has been posted on Butler University’s web site about my appointment to the Clarence L. Goodwin Chair of New Testament Language and Literature, and so I thought I’d share it. [Read more...]

Biblical Studies Carnival XLX

Biblical Studies Carnival XLX has been posted at Abnormal Interests. [Read more...]

LOST Recaps

With the premiere of the final season of LOST scheduled for tomorrow night, there are lots of recaps and retrospectives being offered. DocArts has some videos recapping the show’s past narrated by Michael Emerson. And IO9 links to an interactive LOST timeline in the New York Times. The timeline not only helps untangle the twisted [Read More...]

Faith vs. Skepticism

Today in my religion and science fiction class we focused on the X-Files. The assigned reading was a chapter from The Philosophy of The X-Files which compares Mulder and Scully, and philosophers James and Clifford, on the topic of belief and its justification. At one point the choice between these approaches was summarized in what I [Read More...]

LOST Season 6 Glimpses/Spoilers

The fact that ABC has released preview clips that give an indication of things that happen in future episodes, some of which give away a lot, suggests to me that the things they haven’t given us a glimpse of must be even more exciting and impressive. If you want to remain spoiler free, don’t watch [Read More...]

Like a Real Life Smoke Monster

Tonight on PBS there was a documentary about the wildlife in the Danube Delta in Romania. I was particularly impressed with the footage of European Starlings flying as flocks or swarms that seemed to behave like a superorganism. I didn’t find online footage from that region, but there are some other videos on YouTube that [Read More...]

Conservative Bible Project Translation of Matthew 25:35

This isn’t from the Conservative Bible Project, but presumably when they see it they will want to use it: From the Perplexed Observer via Atheist Revolution. [Read more...]