Tempted Just As We All Are

Here's yet another gem from an exam, a small spellin slip that seemed nonetheless to affirm that Jesus was indeed tempted in every way that is common to human experience. The student mentioned "Jesus' temptation by Satan in the dessert." We've all been there, haven't we? [Read more...]

Three Religions Meme

Kay at Ephemeral Thoughts tagged me with a meme. As she wrote, “The rules of the meme are to list three religions, apart from your own, that you find fascinating and why.” I was tempted to list “conservative Christianity” and explain what I like about it and what its role was in bringing me to [Read More...]

Emotionless Ecclesiastes

Another gem from an exam: “Ecclesiastes, on the other hand, is an emotionless book told by an emotionless but wise narrator.” [Read more...]

Missing Page Of The Bible Found

I’ve been meaning to share this since +Wrong shared it a little over a week ago: [Read more...]

Wisdom in Carnage

I’ll be frantically grading between now and next Tuesday, like so many others in academia. The best gem in an exam thus far was a student who wrote that the Gospel of John presents Jesus as “Wisdom in carnage.” I will assume that the student meant “Wisdom incarnate” – but you never know. Elsewhere in [Read More...]

Quote of the Day (Sherry)

"There are those who believe that God literally "dictated" word for word the entire document. This would be fine, but admittedly if true, God is about a C+ at best as writer and historian." –'It's Just a Matter of Interpretation' by Sherry at A Feather Adrift http://afeatheradrift.wordpress.com/2009/12/17/its-just-a-matter-of-interpretation/ [Read more...]

The First Sunset: The First Meeting

The discussion group I’ve organized involving faculty in religion, philosophy and biology met for the first time today (at a theological discussion center not far from campus) to discuss ancient and modern ideas of creation, divine action and causality as well as their relation (or not) to the natural sciences. Our jumping-off point for discussion [Read More...]

First And Future Christmases Around The Blogosphere

Biblical Archaeology Review has a free book in pdf format entitled The First Christmas, with perspectives from Biblical scholars about subjects such as the star and the birthplace of Jesus. There are some interesting Christmas perspectives around the blogosphere. Robin Parry recommends taking Christ out of Christmas. Richard Hall offers a defense of materialist Christmas, [Read More...]

Merry Christmas from the Doctor

You see, no wimpy “happy holidays” from our favorite time lord… (HT Planet Gallifrey via IO9) [Read more...]

It Was Twenty Years Ago Today

The start of Romanian’s revolution which led to the overthrow of its Communist dictatorship, that is. [Read more...]

Half Human On His Mother’s Side

When they hear the title of this blog post, Doctor Who fans will undoubtably think of the Dr. Who television special which claimed that the Doctor was half human – a notion then dropped from the canon of the show, unless I’m mistaken. Classicists may think of any number of demigods from classical mythology. But [Read More...]

Every Star Shall Sing A Carol

An increasing number of people are finding their way to this blog searching for keywords related to Sydney Carter’s Christmas carol, “Every Star Shall Sing A Carol.” It is definitely something that I’ll discuss in my religion and sci-fi class next semester. I thought I’d provide the YouTube video and lyrics that I found online, [Read More...]

Hurley, Dude!

LOST fans will appreciate this video, which compiles all the times Hurley says “dude.” It then provides a statistical analysis, include calculations by season and DPE (“dudes per episode): HT Dispatches From The Island [Read more...]

The Only True God in Paperback?

Some of you probably would love to own your own copy of The Only True God: Early Christian Monotheism in Its Jewish Context, but let’s face it, hardcover academic books are on the expensive side, and some of you are not made of money. (Note to readers who are made of money: Please do send [Read More...]