Be Visible

David Ker describes on his blog attempting to find someone online and not being able to, following up with encouragement to readers to make sure that, if someone is looking for them online, they can find them. Curious, I typed in James F. McGrath on the Yahoo! search engine, and all but one of the [Read More…]

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Jesus Unplugged: Religious Metaphors and Images for a Digital Age

I saw the picture on the right on the blog nah then and it got me thinking about how Biblical authors and other ancient religious teachers and thinkers “used” metaphors and imagery from their time to express their ideas. But of course, for the most part they didn’t “use” them. They inhabited them, and assumed [Read More…]

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LOST: Weaving Tapestries Through (Almost) Endless Universes

I was struck by an interesting thought about LOST – I don’t think it is what the writers have in store for us, but I thought I would share it nevertheless. As Desmond works to bring together individuals and direct their paths to intersect, working things together towards a goal which has yet to be [Read More…]

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Doctor Who: The Curse of Fatal Death

I had heard about this but never watched it until today. “The Curse of Fatal Death” is a Doctor Who parody featuring Rowan Atkinson as the Doctor, and a number of other big names in British television as well. Enjoy! HT SF Signal [Read more…]

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Monotheism and Christology at SBL?

There seems to be strong interest in the relationship between monotheism and Christology in academic New Testament scholarship at present. Jewish monotheism, Wisdom, agency, mediator figures, divine identity, and many other topics seem to be more and more the focus of discussion, interest, and interaction – not least in the biblioblogosphere. I wonder whether there [Read More…]

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Homosexuality as Divine Punishment in Romans 1

Romans 1 is one of the most frequently-cited passages in the New Testament when it comes to the topic of homosexuality. I considered simply reposting one of my earlier posts on the subject, but it seemed worthwhile taking the time to focus instead on one specific aspect of the passage. In Romans 1, Paul talks [Read More…]

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Religion, Science Fiction, and Kosher Bacon

We were discussing technological and genetically-engineered enhancements to human (and non-human) existence in my Religion and Science Fiction class today, and an interesting question came up. Could genetic engineering be used to make a pig that not only “cloveth the hoof” but also “cheweth the cud” and thus be kosher? It turns out this question [Read More…]

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Lost Untangled: The Last Recruit

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Quote of the Day (Rev. Steve Kindle)

“Ultimately, the refusal of marriage to same-sex couples is a denial of their humanity. The first “not good” of creation was God’s discovery that “it is not good for the human to be alone.” When the church denies marriage to gay couples it is saying that you are not worthy of having your loneliness relieved [Read More…]

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LOST Gods

For a long time I’ve been thinking and writing about ideas of God and how they intersect with LOST. I am not sure why it never struck me before that Jacob, living in a statue of a deity, does what deities were often thought to do, namely inhabit their image. Not to be outdone, of [Read More…]

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The LOST Recruit

What a great start to tonight’s episode of LOST! If you haven’t seen it yet, do not read on as this post is full of SPOILERS. Right at the beginning, Smokey catches up with Jack, explains why he ended up looking like John Locke, intriguingly says that Jack does in fact know “what he is,” [Read More…]

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The Trinity Debate and John 17:3

There’s a debate between two individuals, Rob Bowman and Dave Burke, taking place at Parchment and Pen. One is a unitarian, the other a Trinitarian, but both assume the same view of the Bible’s authority, as far as I can tell. I have not had a chance to read the posts in any detail yet. [Read More…]

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The Drama Of Jesus’ Conception

Is this what the infancy story would look like if it took place today? HT Unreasonable Faith [Read more…]

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Homosexuality in Sunday School

In my Sunday school class, we’ve been working through Scot McKnight’s book The Blue Parakeet, which is very useful in helping stimulate discussion of a very important topic: Christians, even self-proclaimed “Bible-believing Christians”, do not “believe the whole Bible” and/or “take it all literally.” Scot helps readers, even conservative Christian ones, to recognize that Christians [Read More…]

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