Crisis Cartoons

There were two cartoons posted on blogs recently, related to the current economic crisis in the United States, that seemed worth sharing. The first is from the Kenyan Daily Nation (HT Kouya Chronicle): The second I found at Shuck and Jive: [Read more...]

Messiah vs. Myth: Did Jesus Exist? A Response to Tom Verenna

I’ve begun a “bloggersation” with Tom Verenna, on the subject of the existence of Jesus. I hope that in future posts, Tom will call me James. Otherwise, I’ll come back and edit this post and call him something more than simply “Tom”! In his reply to an earlier post of mine to which I pointed [Read More...]

The Problems with Antiantisupernaturalism

In a discussion of The Burial of Jesus, which advocates the use of historical methods to investigate historical questions, I encountered the accusation that this approach reflects the “antisupernaturalism” of historians. I am convinced that this accusation is unfair, for two reasons. First, it is not simply historians who ask for more impressive evidence for [Read More...]

The Uncensored Bible

I won’t go into details about the book by John Kaltner, Steven L. McKenzie and Joel Kilpatrick, The Uncensored Bible: The Bawdy and Naughty Bits of the Good Book (HarperOne, 2008), both in order to allow readers to get the full possible enjoyment of the book, and to keep my blog G-rated. The book could [Read More...]

Black Belt Librarian

I want to highlight a new blog created by a librarian at Butler University, Brad Matthies, who is also a friend of mine. The title is “Black Belt Librarian”. It should warn you, before you go over there and start stirring up trouble, that the black belt is no mere metaphor. The Black Belt Librarian [Read More...]

Philosophical Attack Ads

If you are growing tired of attack ads as election day draws near, there is only one remedy: watch amusing attack ads that don’t feature any of the current presidential candidates, but instead feature famous philosophers. Here are two that a colleague in philosophy brought to my attention: Kant Attack Ad Kierkegaard in ’08 [Read more...]

How Dishonorable Was Jesus’ Burial?

I received a question from someone who is reading my book, asking the following: I’m just curious if you’ve read two articles that argue against McCane’s thesis of a dishonorable burial. William Lane Craig (“Was Jesus Buried in Shame: Reflections on B. McCane’s Proposal,” Expository Times, 115, 2004, 404-409 ) argues against McCane directly, and [Read More...]

Around the Blogosphere

Stephen Mathesen discusses how evolution can inspire faith. Chet Raymo asks what the heavens proclaim. The contrast between the two is striking. Jesus Creed discusses original sin and Adam. There’s a video on YouTube about “stupid design” (HT Daniel Florien). Paleojudaica highlights an article about Jewish mysticism. SF Gospel argues that Heroes is misnamed. Ken [Read More...]

Religiously-Inflected Science Fiction

Sojourners magazine has two pieces highlighting works of science fiction that explore religious themes: “This World and the Next” and “Spiritually-Inflected Science Fiction“. In addition, Paul Levinson has his latest post up about Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles. I love the way the show is exploring the parallels between programming an artificial intelligence and raising [Read More...]

Keith Ward, Big Questions in Science and Religion 7: Is Science the Only Sure Path to Truth?

This chapter is subtitled “Can religious experience count as evidence?” and provides an interesting intersection between Ward’s book and my own recent one, The Burial of Jesus. Ward begins his chapter by writing “In most religions, there is an important place for experience. In fact, if there were no distinctively religious experiences, it is doubtful [Read More...]

More Scammers Spamming

It has been a while since I’ve posted about scam e-mails, but a couple have made it past my spam filter in recent days, and so I thought it might be worth warning the gullible out there. If you receive either of these, please don’t be stupid enough to think that some random individual has [Read More...]

LOST Season 5 Trailer

Here’s the first trailer previewing season 5 of LOST: HT IO9 [Read more...]

Around the Blogosphere (Israelite Origins, Egypt, and the Brain)

There are two articles in Biblical Archaeology Review about Israelite origins by Anson Rainey: “Inside, Outside: Where Did the Early Israelites Come From?” and “Shasu or Habiru: Who Were the Early Israelites?” Since the Israelites, according to the Bible, are supposed to have spent time in Egypt, it is appropriate to be able to point [Read More...]

Unseen Footprints

The Burial of Jesus (and a recent review of it) have been mentioned on Lingamish. Just for clarification, the post there says: “his body later dumped in a common grave” – I think that something like this is what happened. “where the disciples then retrieved it and gave it a proper burial” – I am [Read More...]