The Return of NT Wrong and the Biblioblog Top 50

NT Wrong (of Durham, North Carolina) has decided to produce another monthly Top 50 of biblioblogs. I came in at number 5. [Read more…]

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Blog Stats For 2009

John Hobbins seems to think that we all should post our annual blog stats. I have no objection! In 2009, Exploring Our Matrix had 303,226 page loads, 232,554 unique visitors, and 50,017 returning visitors according to StatCounter. I don’t have any way of knowing which pages were the most popular for the year, but I am pretty certain it [Read More…]

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Religion and Science Fiction: Short Story Anthologies

There have been several good collections of science fiction short stories that touch on religious themes. They are all out of print except for the last one: Other Worlds, Other Gods; Adventures in Religious Science Fiction edited by Mayo Mohs. The New Awareness: Religion through science fiction edited by Patricia Warrick and Martin Harry Greenberg. [Read More…]

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Pick One Of Three

Diglotting asks for input about which of three books on monotheism and Christology you would buy. I’m honored that I’m included alongside Larry Hurtado and Richard Bauckham. Please do chime in if this is a subject that interests you – I don’t particularly mind if you recommend my book or someone else’s, but I do [Read More…]

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Global Who’s Who

It is nice to receive an e-mail that actually uses my name from a “Who’s Who” organization for a change (although still not as nice as not receiving any e-mail from such an organization at all). At least they are learning that if you want to persuade someone that they are being singled out for [Read More…]

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Sci-Fi and Other Connections

Although there has always been a fan base that has discussed science fiction worlds in detail, exploring the mythology, drawing connections between episodes/movies, and complaining about continuity errors, the present day provides far more opportunity to do that, with blogs, discussion boards, and countless other forums for interaction. IO9 has some speculations about connections between the [Read More…]

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The End Of Time, Part Two

Even before I saw the second half of this episode, I loved the irony of the title. It provides a great illustration of one of the difficulties in telling time-travel stories, and an even greater difficulty of making sense of an allegedly timeless deity encountered in and through history and/or stories. How can the “end [Read More…]

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A Closer Look At The LOST Supper

The DocArtz blog has a clearer picture of the LOST “Last Supper” image, as well as a careful discussion of its details and comparison both with Da Vinci’s most famous one as well as more recent imitations. [Read more…]

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Gods, Gospels, and Gotta Think of a Third “G”

Let’s start with Faithful Progressive’s post explaining that the personal God rejected by the “new atheists” isn’t the God he believes in. On a related topic, Martin LeBar has a post about Alister McGrath’s response to Richard Dawkins. Roland Boer thinks that John Loftus is still a theologian. John Loftus shared a thought experiment about [Read More…]

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A Day In The Sidebar

It seems I've spent the day 'in the sidebar' today – writing comments and reading what others have written in comments here or on their own blogs. So let me encourage readers to check the Google Reader sidebar or the recent comments sidebar. I and others have written a lot of interesting things today – [Read More…]

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#1 Biblioblogger Spot Now Open?

I tried to find a humorous headline for what is in fact a sad (or at least bittersweet) bit of breaking news. Apparently Jim West has decided to stop blogging. This has occurred before, if I’m not mistaken, and I suspect that if John Loftus gets too close to the number one slot, Jim may [Read More…]

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Atheists and Pantheists and Panentheists – Oh My!

John Hobbins asks if I’m a pantheist. Well, am I? If I am, then so have been many mystics in the Abrahamic faiths, who have affirmed that there isn’t really any other reality than God or other place to be than within God. I prefer the term panentheism but it is admittedly a fine line. [Read More…]

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Happy New Year!

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We’re All #1 Meme

To end the old year/begin the new year right, I thought I’d provide a fun antidote (or at least supplement) to the atheist/Christian biblioblog rankings kerfuffle. Different systems assess different things and rank differently, which could potentially lead to arguments over who is really ranked this way or that. On the other hand, we’re all good at something. [Read More…]

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