What’s $1.5 Million Between “Friends”?

Here’s another scam e-mail I received. As usual, when they make it through the spam filter, I post a warning, since I get lots of gullible people finding their way to my blog searching for key words and names from the e-mail, since somehow they think the e-mail might be real and worth checking. Here’s [Read More...]

Lived Long and Prospered

The news is just breaking in the blogosphere that Sir John Templeton, founder of the Templeton Foundation, has passed away. He was 95. He is best known for his financial success, and for his work in promoting a free market approach to religion and constructive dialogue between religion and science. [Read more...]

More Wildlife From Our Yard

Here are some better video clips of our hummingbirds: And now for a couple of clips of a deer that visits our garden regularly. [Read more...]

Doctor Who: Journey’s End, Creation’s End, God’s End?

I just watched “Journey’s End”, the season finale of Doctor Who. This post contains spoilers. It also explores the Bible and theology in light of this episode of Doctor Who that you may find disturbing. Reader discretion is advised. Loren Rosson is of course right that there were ad hoc resolutions to issues, unconvincing waves [Read More...]


Here’s the first of several short videos of hummingbirds at our feeder that I’m in the process of uploading to YouTube. [Read more...]

Ancient Texts Online: Rising Messiahs and Reproduced Mandaean Sources

A 2,000 year old stone tablet has (once again) been making news headlines because of its possible reference to a Messiah who rises after 3 days. Of course, the truth of the matter is that there are numerous difficulties involved in reading and then interpreting the text. Help for those trying to make an informed [Read More...]

You Don’t Know The Language Until You Can Say “Fireman”

I’m always on the lookout for resources related to the Mandaic language, primarily its ancient classical form, but also the modern spoken version. (If anyone ever comes across a copy of the Drower and Macuch Mandaic Dictionary, please let me know!) Today I came across “Mandaean school lessons in English“, in fact a single lesson [Read More...]

Christian Identity and Dalit Religion in Hindu India, 1868–1947

My colleague Chad Bauman’s forthcoming book on conversion to Christianity in India is now listed on Amazon and on the publisher’s web page. Here are the details: Chad Bauman, Christian Identity and Dalit Religion in Hindu India, 1868-1947 (Studies in the History of Christian Missions) (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2008). Congratulations, Chad! [Read more...]

Happy Independence Day!

It is the 4th of July, and in the United States, we often find people mixing Christianity and nationalism in ways that are at best ironic, and at times downright contradictory. The 4th of July is thus an appropriate day for reflection on Christianity, nationalism, and what might have been different had the colonies in [Read More...]

Exploring Our Matrix contains no four-letter words

OnePlusYou Quizzes and Widgets [Read more...]

The Passion of the Flying Spaghetti Monster

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An Appeal To The Public About Intelligent Design

Scientific theories are tested by scientists, whether in labs or in real-life scenarios that relate to the theory. Taking measurements, creating laboratory scenarios, painstakingly eliminating extraneous influences in a controlled environment, making repeated observations – all that is the stuff of science, the way science proceeds. The proponents of “Intelligent Design” (or cdesign proponentsists, as [Read More...]

A Puzzle For The Would-Be Student Of Mandaic

OK, let me see if I’ve got this straight. There are scarcely any resources readily available to enable one to learn Mandaic, and most of the resources that have ever existed are out of print and, if one can even find a copy, very expensive. Yet there are apparently enough people who know Mandaic for [Read More...]

Family Guy: Blue Harvest

At the recommendation of several of my students, I watched the Family Guy – Blue Harvest, the Family Guy Star Wars parody episode. Although there was a fair bit of rude humor and other aspects that are not for the faint hearted, some of it was so well done as to deserve a recommendation. Among [Read More...]