Creationism: the Opium of which People?

John Lynch shared this image originally from Surviving the World: Steve Martin has thoughts on being an evolutionary creationist in a confessionally Reformed church. Mark Vernon has a provocative post on the “politics of evolution.” John Pieret shares some thoughts by Michael Ruse about philosophers and Darwin. I also want to mention that I saw [Read More…]

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Mozart’s Tabletop Duet

The idea is simply brilliant. One sheet of music. One violinist reads it from one side, the other reads it from the other, each starting on opposite ends. And it works! Oh, that Mozart… [Read more…]

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Mentioning Multiple Media

A number of resources in a number of different media and formats have come to my attention today. Trimegistos has a number of online publications about Egyptian sources which can be downloaded. Daily Motion has a two-part documentary about Coptic Christians from Al-Jazeera. Mark Goodacre shared the Michael Goulder memorial address in mp3 and pdf [Read More…]

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Intelligently-Designed Narratives: Mythicism as History-Stopper

One category of mythicists, like young-earth creationists, have no hesitation about offering their own explanation of who made up Christianity. They may not always be very specific (or even remotely plausible for that matter) but they do not hesitate to offer an “explanation” of sorts: Christianity began when people borrowed motifs from myths about Horus, [Read More…]

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“Radical” Theology and No-Nonsense Spirituality

Some colleagues and I gathered at a local theological discussion venue to discuss Richard Grigg’s book Beyond the God Delusion: How Radical Theology Harmonizes Science and Religion this past Friday. One of the things that quickly came up was the notion of “radical theology.” Grigg advocates a form of pantheism which embraces science wholeheartedly and eschews [Read More…]

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Dilettante Exegete on Dilettante Mythicism

Rick Sumner is the latest to jump into the fray and join the discussion of mythicism. [Read more…]

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Mythicist Quote of the Day (Neil Godfrey)

“Exegesis of a narrative cannot magically conjure up evidence for the historical reality of the narrative…Sanders is merely attempting to calculate what narrative details are more or less likely to make sense of the larger plot, given the assumption that the narrative originated largely from “traditions” going back to an historical Jesus. Historicity itself is [Read More…]

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Puff The Friendly Smoke Monster

E! has an interesting interview with Terry O’Quinn, who plays John Locke (and of course now plays the smoke monster). [Read more…]

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Hector Avalos Interview

Thanks to Sabio Lantz for pointing out that Common Sense Atheism has an interview with Hector Avalos, in which Hector talks about his religious background (he was once a child evangelist!) among other things. His treatment of the role of Biblical translations in hiding rather than communicating what the Bible says is particularly poignant. [Read more…]

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More On Mythicism

I don’t normally link to the blog Metacrock, since the number of typos even in the title of a post is usually enough to put me off. But as there’s a recent post on mythicism, interacting with Earl Doherty and bringing Helmut Koester into the picture, it seemed worth linking to. Meanwhile, Vridar is continuing [Read More…]

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Samples of Scholarship

Two items seemed particularly worth mentioning that came up in blogs recently. First, there are pre-publication materials from the book Iconography of Deities and Demons in the Ancient Near East online (HT AWOL). And T&T; Clark has made some sample material available from Paul’s Parallels available. [Read more…]

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A Fair Competition?

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The Gospel of the Man Born Blind?

After discussing John chapter 9 (which is like one of those episodes in a TV series in which the actor playing the main character has some time off, and the show carries on without him) a student expressed interest in researching whether the reason for this unusual story, from which Jesus is mostly absent, might [Read More…]

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Jacob Finds LOST

The picture below suggests that even Jacob needs some assistance figuring out what is going on on LOST, and that Nikki Stafford’s book is a good place to turn to… [Read more…]

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