Wolfgang’s Vault

An article in today’s New York Times highlighted a site called Wolfgang’s Vault. I had never heard of it before, but after a brief visit, I had to blog about it. It is essentially an archive of live performances by famous musicians and bands, which you can listen to online for free. Among them, I’m [Read More...]

Choosing Textbooks

Do readers of this blog have any thoughts on what commentary on the Gospel of John works best as a textbook for an undergraduate course on that Gospel ? The context is a university that does not have a religious affiliation, although many students obviously do. I’m tempted to just tell them to pick a [Read More...]

Who Knew What When?

There seems to be a theme in several recent posts around the blogosphere: who knew what, and when did they know it? I’m currently having an interesting discussion on the LXX Studies blog about creation out of nothing. Internet Monk asks what Jesus knew (including whether he could pass a test without studying). Undeception has [Read More...]

Skepticism In Song

A friend of mine shared with me a video of Tim Minchin. I’d never heard of him before. It is essentially skepticism in humorous song, with an offer that is not quite the Randi Challenge Prize thrown in at the end, but is more entertaining. Since I know my blog readership includes Australian skeptics, I [Read More...]

John Meier Lecture Online

Mark Goodacre pointed out that this full-length lecture by John P. Meier on the historical Jesus – entitled “Jesus the Jew – But What Kind of Jew?” – is available on YouTube. Also in the audio/visual blogosphere, Kevin Scull pointed out a lecture by Bruce Winter available online, on the Baylor University (Truett Seminary) web [Read More...]

Sounds Like Religion and Science Fiction

It sounds like it has something to do with religion and sci-fi, but it doesn’t. Today the Evangelical Textual Criticism blog highlighted the indeed very useful Virtual Manuscript Room of the Institute for New Testament Textual Research in Münster, Germany. In the process they referred to documents that are being brought from the vault, scanned [Read More...]

Books in the Mail and on the Shelf

I have a slight backlog of books to review, but I’m catching up. I finished reading John Walton’s The Lost World of Genesis One some time ago, but having decided to blog about each chapter, it will take some time to finish. I’ve been reading Martin Zemmit’s `Enbe men Karmo Suryoyo (Bunches of Grapes from [Read More...]

Blog Post On FlashForward Leads To Cutting-Edge Scientific Research

Not long ago I posted on the inclusion of a variation on the Schroedinger’s cat thought experiment in the last episode of Flash Forward, and some of the problems with the way they explained it. My good friend Bob Patterson responded to the show’s lack of scientific rigor by undertaking his own experiment on Schroedinger’s [Read More...]

Pointless Parallels

On the whole I’ve found the textbook I’ve been using for my class on the Bible this semester, Stephen Harris’ Exploring the Bible, to provide helpful information and just about the right amount of it. But the last chapter we read, on the world in which Christianity emerged, had some at one annoying facet. In [Read More...]

Almost a Literalist

I think this is one of the best cartoons on so-called Biblical literalism I have ever seen (HT Experimental Theology). You may need to click through to get the full-sized version. [Read more...]

Around the Blogosphere

Claude Mariottini shares a method of sounding academic – automatically! Polycarp shares a quote from John Calvin about “Moses’ science.” Jonathan Robinson talks about contradictions in the Bible. Chris Heard has shared two lectures on the Deuteronomistic History. Mark Goodacre shares a video of Geza Vermes. Ken Schenck shares some New Testament intersections with extracanonical [Read More...]

A Symphony Of Science Around The Blogosphere

There’s a video featuring “vocals” by Carl Sagan, Richard Feynman, Neil deGrasse Tyson and Bill Nye that has been referred to on many blogs I read. I only got around to listening to it today, and it is definitely worth sharing. A “Symphony of Science,” some have called it: Elsewhere in science and religion around [Read More...]

The Annotated Lamb

Someone sent me a link to this helpful web page, an annotated version of The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway. Classic Genesis from the Peter Gabriel era was often surreal and often drew on classical mythology, with a result that the plot of various songs and albums can be hard to follow. And so, if [Read More...]

V: Healing and Devotion

The first episode of the remake of the sci-fi series “V” didn’t bother keeping the underlying appearance of the visitors a secret. Presumably they figured that, in a remake, there was no point in delaying what for many was common knowledge. The theme of terrorism seems to be an essential in recent sci-fi: Battlestar Galactica, [Read More...]