LOST Lamp Post

Tonight’s episode of LOST was unusual, simply because it released tension rather than simply creating it. Things that we knew were bound to happen, things that we wondered about, we finally got to see. I won’t go into details, but those who have yet to see the episode may still wish to refrain from reading [Read More...]

Machines Named John and their Questions for God

Recent episodes of science fiction television have converged on the theme of androids named John coming up with questions for God. And what interesting questions they are! On the episode that marked the return of Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, robot John Henry continues his education by playing with Bionicle action figures, as well as [Read More...]

Walt, LOST in Time?

I’ve been thinking about the introduction of time travel to LOST, and the interaction of the time-skippers with people in the past. I suspect that at some point, Walt will return to the island, but the island has been moved in time and so he will return at a point in the past, and will, [Read More...]

Quote of the Day (Michael Dowd)

“Most religious traditions portray God as exhibiting the very best of human traits toward the tribe or in-group (“those who believe or act like this…”), and the most horrific of human traits toward the out-group (those who fail to believe or act in the prescribed manner). For example, the U.S. Department of Defense defines terrorism [Read More...]

Selected Works

Butler University’s library has begun establishing “Selected Works” pages for faculty, and I had the privilege of being the first (otherwise known as being a “guinea pig”). They’ve managed to get permission from several publishers to make the full text of some of my articles and reviews available, and probably will add more as the [Read More...]

Midwest SBL 2009

I got back yesterday from the Midwest Society of Biblical Literature meeting at Olivet Nazarene University in Bourbonnais, Illinois. I wish to make a public apology for my constant coughing at the conference, which I’m certain was annoying (it certainly was to me – having bronchitis is a pain in the neck…er, lungs). In spite [Read More...]

Evolution Sunday Quote of the Day (Dr. Isis)

“As a scientist I conduct research the same way everyone else does (or, so I assume), guided by the scientific method. I attempt to interpret my data using my current knowledge of physiology, and I don’t think I have ever turned to I Thessalonians for information on endothelial-mediated vasodilation. Besides, everyone knows that all of [Read More...]

Lady Hope in the Matrix

Reformed Baptist pointed out to me an interesting article available online, which tells of the connection between a famous scholar of the Greek New Testament and the Lady Hope hoax claiming that Darwin repented of the theory of evolution. The story also tells of a postcard from an individual who would later be a famous [Read More...]

Happy 200th Birthday!

Happy birthday to you Happy birthday to you Happy birthday dear Charlie Happy birthday to you! (And to you too, Abe!) [Read more...]

Why Modern Fundamentalism Shakes Confidence in the Bible

Christian Fundamentalists tell everyone that they ought to accept the truthfulness of the Bible. It is painfully ironic, therefore, that the character of fundamentalism has the effect of powerfully undermining the confidence of those who investigate or think seriously about its historicity. Think about it. Someone like N. T. Wright can come along and make [Read More...]

Have We LOST Charlotte?

With a title like that, I suppose anyone trying to avoid spoilers about tonight’s episode will have already averted their eyes. But as LOST gets more interesting in all sorts of science fictiony ways, I imagine those who are disliking the disclosure of the series’ true genre are getting more and more annoyed. But let’s [Read More...]

Roald Dahl’s “Little Red Riding Hood and the Wolf”

Here’s my son reciting Roald Dahl’s hilarious poem “Little Red Riding Hood and the Wolf” (from his Revolting Rhymes): [Read more...]

LOST Mirror Matter

A student drew my attention to an interesting LOST meta-theory, in other words, an attempt to find a unifying thread that relates the physics and the mythology of LOST in an overarching explanatory framework. This one focuses on mirror matter. Fans of the show, those fascinated by physics, and people with too much time on [Read More...]

Big Yellow Taxi, Bruckner’s Symphonies and Scholarly Confusion Between Orality and Quantum Mechanics

Blogging is a great place to think out loud and present things in ways and with illustrations that one might not consider appropriate in a scholarly paper. As it happens, I’m getting ready to read a paper about oral tradition and the Synoptic Gospels at the Midwest Society of Biblical Literature Conference. I’m also reading [Read More...]