Technologically Advanced Life Before Google

Tomorrow in my religion and sci-fi class one topic we’ll be talking about is science fiction connected with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. The most famous example is probably the original Battlestar Galactica (with Orson Scott Card a close second). As I noticed the comment of the person who shared the [Read More…]

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The First Hugoye Symposium: Libraries In The Syriac Tradition

Steve Caruso just blogged about this announcement (which has apparently already gone out on the Hugoye list-serv, but hasn’t reached those of us who get e-mails once a day as a digest): The First Hugoye Symposium ܥܐܕܐ ܕܣ̈ܝܡܐ ܣܘܪ̈ܝܝܐ: ܐܘܪܚܐ ܐܪܝܟܬܐ ܡܢ ܒ̈ܬܝ ܐܪ̈ܟܐ ܠܢܘܠܐ Libraries in the Syriac Tradition May 20, 2010 at the [Read More…]

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Life Before Google

On the theme of research before the internet era, Daniel Kirk shared this cartoon: [Read more…]

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Copyright Slider

A friend and colleague sent me a link to this useful web page. It provides a convenient interactive sliding scale that allows you to figure out whether a work is (or is likely to still be) under copyright. [Read more…]

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Telling Creation Stories to Children

A subject that I’ve asked about here before has come up today on Jesus Creed. They’ve shared a letter from someone who accepts that the Genesis creation accounts can rightly be called mythology. The question that is now being asked is what the appropriate way is to share these stories with a child, and to [Read More…]

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More Online Resources On Gnostic Baptism

In addition to the previews in Google Books mentioned in my last post, I’ve just come across a few more sources about baptism in Gnosticism. Obviously I have yet to read them (since I just found them) but which already appear to be worth sharing. There is a 2007 dissertation by Lubbertus Klaas van Os, “Baptism in the [Read More…]

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How Did We Ever Manage To Do Research Before?

In connection with one of my current research projects, I was looking for treatments of baptism and the figure of John the Baptist in the Nag Hammadi texts. April DeConick kindly reminded me about the two-volume Nag Hammadi Bibliography. These are very useful volumes, but without the sort of indexes that would make the printed [Read More…]

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At Long Last I Understand Mythicism – I Think!

I think, with Neil Godfrey’s help, I finally understand mythicism. It is a belief system in which, when asked about the historical figure of Jesus, you answer by mentioning William Tell, Rama, the God of the Bible and Atlantis. You then assume that these figures are comparable to Jesus of Nazareth in terms of the historical [Read More…]

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Sounds Like Sci-Fi

The Huffington Post shared some amusing headlines. I liked this one in particular: [Read more…]

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The Burden Of Proof

Daniel Shenton, the new president of a society you ought to have heard of, had an interesting quote about the burden of proof regarding a particular matter. Please refrain from making comparisons with other views represented among readers of this blog who also talk a lot about the burden of proof. [Read more…]

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Howard Hanson’s Symphony No.2

Someone observed to me recently that I haven’t been mentioning in my Facebook status as much as I used to what pieces of music I’ve been listening to. It is a result of not listening as often as I’d like, more than anything else. Yesterday I was fortunate enough to get in my car and turn [Read More…]

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Keener on the Gospels and the Historical Jesus

There’s an article at The Bible and Interpretation (based on Craig Keener’s book The Historical Jesus of the Gospels) about the Gospels as sources about the historical figure of Jesus. Given the interest many readers of this blog have in this topic, I thought I should share a link! [Read more…]

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How Unbiblical Was Darwin? How Pre-Scientific Is the Bible?

Many discussions about religion and science focus on whether evolution via natural selection is compatible with what we find in the Bible. What is often ignored is just how much of our current understanding of the world is simply not in the Bible at all. Ian Monroe decided to go through Darwin’s famous On The [Read More…]

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Neither Skepticism Nor Faith

Skepticism that is only skeptical of the views of others, and is only directed at evidence that runs counter to one’s own beliefs and assumptions, isn’t skepticism at all. Faith that only involves believing the the things one already believes, and is only directed at the things that one already presupposes to be true, isn’t [Read More…]

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