I wonder if any of the bibliobloggers who read this blog are also members of the American Oriental Society (or other comparable organizations). I’m wondering whether, given my interest in the Mandaeans (and increasingly in Syriac Christian literature as well), it is an organization I ought to look into joining. Or would my interest in [Read More...]

Is “The Bible Alone” an Oxymoron?

I liked the point Doug Chaplin made recently (even though he called it “a cheap shot”): “the Bible alone” doesn’t tell us which books should be in it. He has now followed up by asking whether “the Bible alone” is an oxymoron. It should be an interesting discussion. [Read more...]

Mythicism and Paradigm Shifts

We all look at evidence through the lens of theories and other frames of reference. Sometimes sufficient evidence accumulates that does not fit with a theory, with the result that it is abandoned and a different theory is adopted, one that better accounts for the evidence (or for more of the evidence). In the mean time, when there [Read More...]

Mythicism and Historicism as Theories (and an Altar Call to Take a Leap of Doubt)

Discussion of mythicism continues around the blogosphere. Eric Reitan has posted on the topic of mythicism. Neil Godfrey also has posted two rejoinders. I was rather disheartened to read a comment there from someone who said he reads my blog regularly and was disappointed at what he perceived as my closed-mindedness about the existence of Jesus. That [Read More...]

Secretly Filmed Creation Debate

From the British Center for Science Education via The Dispersal of Darwin. On a related note, Mike Beidler continues searching for truth in “The Truth Project”. [Read more...]

New Star Wars Action Figure: The Force

A student shared this great new Star Wars action figure on the religion and sci-fi course blog, and I thought it deserved to be shared with a wider audience: [Read more...]

Biblioblog Bible?

Joseph Kelly has suggested there might be some usefulness to a Wiki-Bible translation maintained by bibliobloggers, or scholars and students of the Bible more generally. What do you think? [Read more...]

Mythunderstanding The Criteria Of Authenticity

Recent discussions of mythicism here and elsewhere have shown a lack of understanding of the basic principles of historical study, including the so-called “criteria of authenticity” that scholars have developed as tools for sifting through the evidence. The criteria in question are not “rules” which, when applied to texts, guarantee that material is historical with [Read More...]

LOST: Playing the Game

DocArtz has an extensive exploration of the game that LOST seems to be playing (in more ways than one) and in the process touches on many religious ideas and traditions. [Read more...]

Mythicism and John the Baptist

I’m struck that most of the mythicists I’ve spoken with accept the existence of John the Baptist. It is not at all clear why this should be the case. If the Gospels, which are the first texts to mention him, are mythical, possibly intended as allegories and nothing more, then why should we treat John [Read More...]

Strangest LOST Theory Yet?

Someone arrived at this blog after searching for the keywords “Is Richard the polar bear lost”. Although it is possible that this individual knows, or knows of, a polar bear named Richard, and is wondering if said polar bear has gone missing, it seems to me more likely that this person is asking a question [Read More...]

Coffee for Academics

Academics are notorious for coffee consumption – or tea in some cases. The caffeine helps us get through grading, teaching, and research. Many of us are also connoisseurs of the taste and appreciate a variety of special blends and roasts. I’ve thought of a great name for a coffee aimed at academic, liberal arts oriented [Read More...]

LOST, God and the Black Smoke

Here’s an interview with Terry O’Quinn who plays John Locke (or someone who looks like him most of the time) on LOST, talking about (among other things) God and good vs. evil on LOST. HT Doc Artz [Read more...]


This is for those who weren’t able to attend the Goodwin chair installation ceremony and are curious what I talked about: [Read more...]