Richard Carrier at SBL

Richard Carrier posted the following on his blog: The big news is that I’ve been asked by the Society of Biblical Literature (the largest academic society representing the field, of which I am a member) to present and defend the thesis of On the Historicity of Jesus at their Western Regional Conference at Azusa Pacific [Read More...]

LOST Rewatch: Confirmed Dead

The episode stars with the salvage vessel Christiane I finding the remains of Oceanic 815 in the ocean. Daniel Faraday, a physicist, is watching and saddened by what he sees, although he isn’t sure why. Then in the present day we see him parachute onto the island. He tells Jack he is there to rescue [Read More...]

Giant Leaps

From PHD Comics [Read more...]

Proof of Heaven?

I am delighted to be part of the Patheos book club about Eben Alexander’s book, Proof of Heaven: A Neurosurgeon’s Journey into the Afterlife. It is an account of the author’s experience while in a coma. It may be appropriate to call it a “near death experience.” But that very term may introduce assumptions that deserve [Read More...]

Yolamus

Via First Things   [Read more...]

Infinite Religious Diversity in Infinite Combinations

The cartoon above came to my attention via Kissing Fish on Facebook. It is a nice addition to the collection of cartoon tributes to Leonard Nimoy on religious themes which I put together yesterday. IDIC is a Vulcan motto - and we can see it expressed on Star Trek in Spock’s adherence to logic while participating in [Read More...]

LOST Rewatch: Beginning of the End

The title of the first episode of season 4 of LOST comes from Ben’s words of warning to Jack at the end of last season. The episode begins with a flash forward of Hugo driving his vintage Camero in a car chase, pursued by police. He saw something or someone in a convenience store and [Read More...]

Romans and a Miracle-Worker

The question raised in this People in White Coats cartoon is an interesting one. There are stories of martyrdoms of miracle-workers, and not just from early Christian sources. But do those stories make any sense if the individual in question actually performed the kinds of miracles they are supposed to have? We can understand why [Read More...]

Religious Tributes to Leonard Nimoy

It seemed appropriate to round up some of the tributes to Leonard Nimoy which have had religious elements to them. They are all in a similar vein, although The Onion’s is the most distinctive of them, followed by David Hayward’s.   [Read more...]

Do You Know How To Hovind?

Everyone knows that you can Google. Did you know that you can also Hovind? Notorious charlatan and tax evader Kent Hovind is fairly well known. But his son Eric has followed in his father’s footsteps (with respect to his anti-science stance, not with respect to tax evasion), and has created as search engine that allows [Read More...]

The Golden Rule and Reading the Qur’an Fairly

The cartoon above is by Tom Gauld. It seems to me to do a good job of illustrating how people tend to exalt their own heritage and denigrate that of others. This relates directly to how Islam is being treated in the media. I’ve said it before: any Christian who reads the Qur’an differently than [Read More...]

Laziness Ancient and Modern

In an essay earlier this semester, a student quoted Proverbs 18:9 as evidence that laziness was viewed negatively in ancient Israel, expressing themselves in a modern way which seemed to envisage someone who relies on handouts or the system and refuses to work. Prov. 18:9 says: One who is slack in work is close kin to [Read More...]

LEGO Jesus

Via Christian Memes on Facebook. [Read more...]

Biblical Studies Carnival February 2015

Jennifer Guo has posted the latest round-up of highlights from the past month of Biblical studies blogging. Click through and take a look!   [Read more...]


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