Puff The Friendly Smoke Monster

E! has an interesting interview with Terry O’Quinn, who plays John Locke (and of course now plays the smoke monster). [Read more...]

Hector Avalos Interview

Thanks to Sabio Lantz for pointing out that Common Sense Atheism has an interview with Hector Avalos, in which Hector talks about his religious background (he was once a child evangelist!) among other things. His treatment of the role of Biblical translations in hiding rather than communicating what the Bible says is particularly poignant. [Read more...]

More On Mythicism

I don’t normally link to the blog Metacrock, since the number of typos even in the title of a post is usually enough to put me off. But as there’s a recent post on mythicism, interacting with Earl Doherty and bringing Helmut Koester into the picture, it seemed worth linking to. Meanwhile, Vridar is continuing [Read More...]

Samples of Scholarship

Two items seemed particularly worth mentioning that came up in blogs recently. First, there are pre-publication materials from the book Iconography of Deities and Demons in the Ancient Near East online (HT AWOL). And T&T; Clark has made some sample material available from Paul’s Parallels available. [Read more...]

A Fair Competition?

HT One Stop Thought Shop [Read more...]

The Gospel of the Man Born Blind?

After discussing John chapter 9 (which is like one of those episodes in a TV series in which the actor playing the main character has some time off, and the show carries on without him) a student expressed interest in researching whether the reason for this unusual story, from which Jesus is mostly absent, might [Read More...]

Jacob Finds LOST

The picture below suggests that even Jacob needs some assistance figuring out what is going on on LOST, and that Nikki Stafford’s book is a good place to turn to… [Read more...]

Suffering From Mythdrawal?

If you’re mything missing discussing mythicism, John Loftus has taken up the torch of historical Jesus discussion, posting on whether Napoleon existed, as well as interacting with Vince Hart’s professed agnosticism about the existence of Jesus. So there are plenty of places you can continue the conversation, if you’re so inclined. I’m not sure the Napoleon comparison [Read More...]

LOST in Myth

Over at DocArtz, Marc Oromaner continues his discussion of mythology in LOST, focusing in this post on the recent episode “Sundown” and themes from Genesis, including Adam, Eve, the serpent and temptation. [Read more...]

Video on Radiometric Dating and the Age of the Earth

HT Answers in Genesis Busted [Read more...]

Unclear on the Concept?

I received an announcement today about a forthcoming 4-volume work entitled Handbook for the Study of the Historical Jesus. To be published by E. J. Brill, this work will range a whopping 3300 pages. On the one hand, even though I’m not a prophet, I predict that no matter how vast, broad, deep or detailed this [Read More...]

HANDS Across the Godhead?

I was interested to read a review at the blog Broadcast Depth of a book entitled Putting Jesus in His Place written by Robert M. Bowman and J. Ed Komoszewski. The topic is the deity of Christ, and it apparently takes an approach outlined with the acronym “HANDS”: Honors: Jesus shares the honors due to God. [Read More...]

Michael Zimmerman Has A Blog!

Those interested in issues related to creation/evolution will be excited to learn that Michael Zimmerman has begun blogging for the Huffington Post. Take a look! Michael also mentioned in an e-mail that there are new sermons on the Clergy Letter Project site. [Read more...]

Textbook Perplexity: Exploring vs. Understanding the Bible

I am trying to figure out why Stephen L. Harris has produced two very similar textbooks on the Bible, and what if anything makes one better than the other. As far as I can see at the moment, Exploring the Bible is conveniently divided into chapters that correspond closely to the number of times a [Read More...]