Down With Secular Mathematics!

On my old blog I made a tongue-in-cheek reference to the need for a special “Biblical mathematics” if one wishes to attempt (even though it is futile) to be a “Biblical literalist” – defining pi as 3, allowing 13 to equal 14, and so on. Apparently I am not the only person to have this [Read More...]

The Three Laws of Robotics

I’m actually writing something on religion and science fiction, and found myself pondering Asimov’s famous Three Laws of Robotics. On the one hand, such laws seem like a necessity. On the other hand, if we manage to create sentient, self-aware artificial persons, then would they not have rights? Could we in essence impose our will [Read More...]

Saving Mother Earth From Her Worshippers

The idea of the earth as mother is not as alien to the Bible as one might have heard. It is quite clearly present in Job 1:21, when Job says “naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked I will return there.” It is also in the background when God, in Genesis 1:11 and [Read More...]

Waiting to get LOST

I’m glad I had the last season of Doctor Who to tide me over this summer – and I’m now taking a look at season 3 of The 4400 on DVD. But I am still eagerly awaiting the return of LOST, and am happy to have found some tidbits of information about new characters and [Read More...]

More Blogs Discuss The New Doctor Who

It seems there is a veritable surge of Doctor Who fandom overtaking Biblical scholars across the globe. Mark Goodacre (on a new personal blog) and Loren Rosson both have new entries on the subject. The recent seasons are not simply the continuation of a classic series for the sake of fans – it is great [Read More...]

Why Orthodox Christians Cannot Be Young-Earth Creationists

I just happened across a verse in reading a book today – 2 Esdras 6:42. It says: Upon the third day thou didst command that the waters should be gathered in theseventh part of the earth: six parts hast thou dried up, and kept them, to theintent that of these some being planted of God [Read More...]

Blogging the Bible: Call for Contributors

This brief post is to share an interesting book project on blogging as it relates to academia and Biblical studies. Whether you are a potential contributor or just a reader of this blog, the project will presumably interest you! [Read more...]

Did Jesus Exist?

Anyone who has ever visited an atheist discussion forum will know that there are plenty of atheists and “freethinkers” who take it as a given that Jesus didn’t really exist, that he is a composite figure created from a patchwork of earlier mythology, and so on. If you ask a professional historian whether Jesus existed, [Read More...]

If Possible Deceiving Even The Elect

One of the biggest challenges students seem to face is identifying reputable sources of information. This is particularly true when they are using their favorite resource, the internet, but the problem does not disappear in those few instances when some few bright sparks among them actually enter a library. One suggestion I make (apart from [Read More...]

Four Questions

Someone on Yahoo! Answers asked the following questions: 1. Why do you believe in God?2. What’s the difference between Naive’ and Blind trust and Faith?3. Is it possible that religion is just a way for people to deal with lifeand non of it’s really even true?4. Is there really any such thing as pure and [Read More...]

Deja Vu

Last night I watched the movie Deja Vu, which explores a time-travel scenario and the usual questions of whether we can change the past, and what happens if we do or even try. The film explicitly raises questions of ‘spirituality’, and one character even suggests that the past cannot be changed because ‘God has made [Read More...]

You are just saying that because…

Am I the only person getting tired of hearing the views, arguments and evidence of opposing viewpoints dismissed with phrases like “you are just saying that because you are a secular evolutionist” or “that just goes to show how biased the media is”. The latter, of course, is equally asserted by both sides – which [Read More...]

The Divine Doctor

He brought the universe into existence, was instrumental in providing the spark that produced life on our world, and will be there when our universe fades into nothingness once more. He forgives his enemies, and yet fights for good and stands against evil, defeating even the devil. When his enemies killed him, he appeared again [Read More...]

Remember the Mandaeans

Anyone who has ever worked on the Fourth Gospel and/or the scholarship of Rudolf Bultmann will have heard of the Mandaeans, at least in passing. They are a group who became known as “St. John Christians”, but this is a misnomer since they are not Christians and view John the Baptist positively but not Jesus. [Read More...]