Genie Scott on the History and Characteristics of Creationism

The National Center for Science Education made this available on their YouTube channel. [Read more...]

Contradictory Christmases

Having linked to some class notes of mine about the nativity stories in Matthew and Luke, I realized that they do not focus on one of the key contradictions between the two, namely the divergent geographical and temporal movements in the two stories. Sure, there is the problem of the date (Quirinius’ census vs. before [Read More...]

The Greatest Action Story Ever Told

HT Anthony Solomon on Facebook (I’d seen the first part of this before, but not the whole thing) [Read more...]

Confidence in Clergy

Apparently confidence in clergy has hit an all-time low. But I’m glad I took a closer look at the chart Heather Wax posted. Initially it appeared to be a straight ranking, placing the public’s perception of clergy honesty and ethics below car salespeople and even lawyers! [Read more...]

I’m a Twit

Or at least, I think that’s what you say when you finally cave in and sign up for Twitter. I currently have little interest in it, but I assume (especially after a friend sent me this) that I may need to become interested at some point, and I was concerned that by then all the [Read More...]

Luke 2:1 (Conservative Bible)

"And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from President Augustus, that all the world should be taxed less." [Read more...]

Andy Schlafly On The Colbert Report

Andy Schlafly (founder of Conservapedia and the Conservative Bible Project) was on The Colbert Report yesterday: The Colbert Report Mon – Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30c Andy Schlafly Colbert Report Full Episodes Political Humor U.S. Speedskating I loved the contrast between the “best of the public” vs. “the mathematicians” and the whole discussion of what [Read More...]

Jim West’s Best Blog Posts Of 2009

Click here for a list of Jim West’s best blog posts of the year! [Read more...]

LOST University

I have got to find a way of integrating this into my class next semester. Alas, I don’t have Blu-Ray capacity (at least, not yet)… [Read more...]

Kent Hovind’s “Doctoral Dissertation”

The scare quotes in the title are necessary. This could be a hoax, of course, but a document that purports to be Kent Hovind’s “doctoral dissertation” is making the rounds. I couldn’t get the links at WikiLeaks to work, but this site has it. A Simple Prop has a photo of the “university” from which [Read More...]

Jesus from Nazareth

Most readers will already be aware of the NT Pod podcast on the question of Jesus’ birthplace by Mark Goodacre, and the response from Clayboy. I thought I’d chip in with my $.02 worth. For me, the fact that Jesus was known as “Jesus of Nazareth” (such designations indicated one’s place of birth, as the [Read More...]

Belief and Beliefs around the Blogosphere

One of the interesting-looking books I picked up at SBL this year was Paul Was Not a Christian: The Original Message of a Misunderstood Apostle by Pamela Eisenbaum. I have not read it yet, but Religion Dispatches has an article by her that gives some indication of the points made in the book. Henry Neufeld [Read More...]

Skynet Apologist

I watched Terminator Salvation this evening, and despite what might be considered a corny ending with a confusion of the metaphorical and the literal, it had enough that was good to make it enjoyable overall. The commercials for the movie annoyingly gave away that one of the characters was a human-machine hybrid of sorts, but [Read More...]

Johannine Literature: Essential for Salvation?

Parchment and Pen has done it again – this time it offers a list of “essentials for salvation” followed by lists of other types of essentials and then non-essentials. What is most striking is that the essentials are a list of doctrinal beliefs. According to the New Testament, Jesus himself taught that the two greatest [Read More...]