Christus Apollo

As Christmas approaches, and in the heavens exoplanets are glimpsed by telescopes of tremendous power, and carbon dioxide detected in their far off atmospheres, it seems appropriate to draw attention to a less well-known work by science fiction author Ray Bradbury. His sonnet/cantata “Christus Apollo” is but one of several 20th century poems and carols [Read More...]

God & Genes x2

SCM Press has made chapters from two books related to religion and science available on their web site: Keith Ward, Religion and Human Fulfillment, Chapter 1: The God Gene: The Relation of Religion and Altruism Neil Messer, Selfish Genes and Christian Ethics, Chapter 1: Introduction [Read more...]

The Only True Book Cover Blurbs

The online University of Illinois Press catalog provides the two blurbs from scholars that will appear on the back of my forthcoming book The Only True God: Early Christian Monotheism in Its Jewish Context. Here they are: “This work puts forward a compelling thesis, questioning the default assumption that what separated first-century Jews and Christians [Read More...]

One Season Ends, Another Begins

Next Monday the season finales of Chuck, Heroes and Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles are scheduled. The latter looks particularly intriguing, since it seems from the commercial that a machine will ask whether he is one of God’s children. Whatever answer may be given on the show, the fact that the question is being posed [Read More...]

Sparring with Jesus

At Best Buy yesterday, looking at the Nintendo Wii, one of the salespeople pointed out that in Wii Sports, one of the characters you can box against looks like Jesus. What do you think? Many Christians, while they might disagree, can at least just barely tolerate the desire (expressed in a particular song) that someone [Read More...]

Quote of the Day (Lisa Miller)

“Let’s try for a minute to take the religious conservatives at their word and define marriage as the Bible does. Shall we look to Abraham, the great patriarch, who slept with his servant when he discovered his beloved wife Sarah was infertile? Or to Jacob, who fathered children with four different women (two sisters and [Read More...]

Science, Idolatry, and Anthropomorphism

Here are two more quotes from Chet Raymo‘s book When God Is Gone, Everything Is Holy: “If science has given one great gift to the world – greater than the wonders of technology, greater than modern medicine, greater than flights to the moon and planets – it has given us permission not to know everything” [Read More...]

Quote of the Day (Chet Raymo)

“All personal gods are idolatrous, especially any personal god we dignify with a capital G. The great service to humanity of science has been to sweep the anthropomorphic gods away or, at the very least, to show them for what they are, phantoms of the human brain. What we are given in their place is [Read More...]

On The Trail Of NT Wrong: This One Goes Up To 11

Jim West has declared the quest finished. Albert Schweitzer has also chimed in: The study of the Life of NT Wrong has had a curious history. It set out in quest of the historical Wrong, believing that when it had found Him it could bring Him straight into our time as a Blogger and Bishop. [Read More...]

Agent Ellison’s Ethics

I am getting caught up on two weeks’ worth of episodes from Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles. In episode 10 from this season, entitled “Strange Things Happen At The One Two Point“, the artificial intelligence known as “Babylon”, during a power outage, redirects all power to its systems in order to survive. As a result, [Read More...]

Kevin Padian Video: Investigating Evolution

Blog readers may be interested in the video featuring Kevin Padian: Investigating Evolution, from Grace Cathedral. The link will take you there. For some reason, when I try to embed it, I get a video about Wikipedia instead. So you can take your pick! [Read more...]

On The Trail Of NT Wrong, Part 9 3/4

We’ve reached a turning point. On the one hand, there is the entry posted on my blog, claiming to be from my future self. Is it authentic? If so, am I telling the truth, or is this simply an indication that, in the future, I’ve joined the upper eschelons of the Guild of Biblical Minimalists [Read More...]

On The Trail Of NT Wrong, Part 4,815,162,342

This post is being backdated from the future. By this time, in the year 2038, it has been proven impossible for individuals to travel through time, but transtemporal blogging has been shown viable. Using top secret research about which I can say no more lest I rewrite history more drastically than I already plan to, [Read More...]

On The Trail Of NT Wrong, Part 8

Armed with this new information, I was determined to confront James Crossley at SBL in Boston. I finally tracked him down at the Sheffield reception. After I secretly poisoned his champagne and he was unaffected, he had to admit the truth. Yes, he is indeed descended from two of those resurrected saints of lore. Yes, [Read More...]