How Gods Are Made

Who speaks of god and conceptualizes an idol, which can profit him nothing? He and his kind will be put to shame; eloquent speakers are nothing but men. Let them all come together and take their stand; they will be brought down to terror and infamy. The preacher takes a texts and works it into [Read More...]

Hidden Agenda?

At a business meeting at church recently, the agenda for the meeting was distributed, together with other papers and documents. I put mine out of sight under a table, and quipped “Now it’s a hidden agenda”. OK, so it wasn’t funny. But a commenter on the _awakening blog, where my post about fundamentalism being fundamentally [Read More...]

When Christians Disagree

Tomorrow the Sunday School class I teach at Crooked Creek Baptist Church will finish working through the Gospel of John. A week from then we’ll begin a new series for which the title is “When Christians Disagree: Dealing with and delighting in our differences”. I posted a draft of the idea a while back here [Read More...]

Quote of the Day (Benjamin Franklin)

“I think vital Religion has always suffer’d, when Orthodoxy is more regarded than Virtue. And the Scripture assures me, that at the last Day, we shall not be examin’d what we thought, but what we did; and our Recommendation will not be that we said Lord, Lord, but that we did Good to our Fellow [Read More...]

LOST Tabula Rasa

I’ve begun watching LOST Season 1 on DVD. There are actually episodes I have never seen, since I started watching LOST somewhat late, and so while I’ve caught up on all episodes from season 2 onward, there are a few in season 1 I will finally watch for the first time. The first episode after [Read More...]

THX 1138: You Can’t Survive Outside The City

I just recently watched THX 1138 for the first time, the movie George Lucas wrote and directed before he made Star Wars. Like all good science fiction, it is thought provoking, especially once one gets to the ending. If you’ve never seen it and plan to, consider this a spoiler warning. Go watch it. This [Read More...]

Glimpses of the Drower Collection

For those interested in Mandaean studies, the Drower Collection in the Bodleian Library in Oxford is the only collection of Mandaic manuscripts of its kind in a Western library. Although poking around the library’s web page doesn’t provide much information about the collection, one can see glimpses of the manuscripts in photos taken as part [Read More...]

The Latest Dharma Initiative Video

The latest Dharma Intitiative video was shown at ComicCon, and there are several bootleg recordings of it on YouTube. I’m currently on a computer without speakers, and so I’m grateful that BuddyTV has a rundown on the contents of the video. Apparently it makes even clearer that we have a “time war” going on (as [Read More...]

Quote of the Day (Stephen J. Nichols)

“Contemporary Christian Music…represents for many contemporary evangelicals the sum of their theological training and discipleship” (Stephen J. Nichols, Jesus Made in America: A Cultural History from the Puritans to the Passion of the Christ (Downers Grove: IVP, 2008) p.16). [Read more...]

The Lure of Sithendom

In my last post I did not intend to suggest that one can make a facile equation between religious fundamentalists and the Sith. In fact, I think that the “religious Right” of our time has much in common with the Sith at their most sinister, and the Jedi at their most hypocritical. In comparison with [Read More...]

The Dark Side of Christianity

I just watched Return of the Jedi again. It always gets me thinking. It seems to me that Christianity has a dark side, just like the Force. Like the Force, it is powerful, but its power takes on different characters depending on those who seek to use and experience it for good or evil ends. [Read More...]

Around the Blogosphere

Ken Brown has been invited to join the Dharma Initiative. If you talk to Ken, tell him I’ve heard that a man named Sayyid Jarrah is looking for him. But seriously, do check out the Dharma Wants You site. If nothing else, it is one more thing to do to pass the time until LOST [Read More...]

A Great Question That Brought Someone Here

There have been and continue to be lots of great, insightful, amusing, and even bizarre keyword searches that bring people here. But this one is worth noting and reflecting on. Someone typed into a search engine: why didn’t god tell us exactly who the antichrist is? That is a marvellous question, one that has the [Read More...]

Happy Birthday, NASA!

Actually, I suppose today is more the day to celebrate NASA’s conception rather than its birth. But still, it is an important thing that occurred 50 years ago today. On this day in 1958, president Dwight D. Eisenhower signed the creation of the National Aeronautic and Space Administration into law. It is hard to imagine [Read More...]