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I thought I’d take this opportunity both to congratulate my friend and colleague Gautam Rao on having some of his works chosen for display at the Athens (Georgia) Institute for Contemporary Art, and to share one of his works that has been honored, a painting entitled “Human Error”: Gautam says (in an article about this [Read More...]

LOST Book of the Law

In the episode “What Kate Did”, Mr. Eko makes reference to the “Book of Law” that was found by Josiah in the temple in Jerusalem. He then reveals that he found a book, a Bible, in which was hidden what turned out to be the missing parts of the Dharma Initiative orientation video for the [Read More...]

LOST Teddy Bear

One of the most striking images early in season 2 of LOST is when Mr. Eko and Jin hide from passing Others. As we see legs go by, all are barefoot, one has muddy bare legs, and one is carrying a teddy bear on a string. Soon after, we learn that a teddy bear was [Read More...]

Quote of the Day (Daniel Radosh)

“If science is the search for answers, creationism is the elimination of questions“ (Daniel Radosh, Rapture Ready! (New York: Scribner, 2008) p.286). [Read more...]

LOST Whispers

I’ve now watched into season 2 of LOST, up to the first episode I ever saw, if I remember correctly: “The Other 48 Days”. One of the mysteries that becomes more prominent in this season, but has been there from early on, is the whispers. They seem to accompany the movement of the Others, but [Read More...]

Creationist Prophylactics

(From Gumby the Cat) [Read more...]

You Raise Me Up

Here’s my son (age 8) playing “You Raise Me Up” (Selah’s arrangement) on the violin, accompanied by me on the piano. The still image during the first 27 seconds is due to “technical difficulties” in that portion of the video, but the sound works throughout, and the video is fine from then on. [Read more...]

The Conference of Mark Goodacre’s Dreams

Cardiff University has announced the following: Whoniversal Appeal: An Interdisciplinary Postgraduate Conference on Doctor Who, and its Spin-Offs (14-15 November, 2008) Visit the official conference page for more details. (HT IO9) [Read more...]

Review of Stephen J. Nichols, Jesus Made in America

Review of Stephen J. Nichols, Jesus Made in America: A Cultural History from the Puritans to the Passion of the Christ (Downers Grove: IVP Academic [InterVarsity Press], 2008). Criticisms from outside are easily dismissed. Those who criticize us in this way, we can reassure ourselves, simply don’t like us, or they are fundamentally opposed to [Read More...]

Book Cover Photo

Thanks to everyone who provided feedback on my question about self publishing. If I go ahead with publishing in that format, I’d love to have a photo of a first century Jewish tomb or ossuary on the cover. Does anyone have any that they may have taken on a trip to Israel, and which they’d [Read More...]

Self-Publishing

There seem to be two trends in publishing at the moment. On the one hand, larger presses are making cutbacks. On the other hand, there is a proliferation of self-published books and the process of publishing your own book is becoming cheaper and more convenient. Does anyone have thoughts on self-publishing? Has anyone done it [Read More...]

Comparing views of the Bible

I’ve made some links available on the Crooked Creek Baptist Church blog, allowing readers to compare different views Christians hold about the Bible, as well as get further information on the canon and other relevant issues. If anyone has suggestions about other resources (including your own blog posts – don’t be shy!) or better ways [Read More...]

Reflections on the ComicCon Dharma Video

I’ve posted the video below before, but haven’t had the chance to watch it carefully and comment on it until now. Some of the most important elements are the following: 1) We learn that Dr. Marvin Candle is in face really an astrophysicist from Ann Arbor, Michigan whose name is Pierre Cheng or Chang. 2) [Read More...]

Around the Blogosphere

Jim West pointed out this clip from “The Bible’s Buried Secrets” on YouTube. The documentary is controversial among fundamentalists, since it dares to present information that is common knowledge among all people who bother reading what Biblical scholars write. [shock, horror] Biblische Ausbildung has this great cartoon: Shuck & Jive has a Q&A; with Michael [Read More...]


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