Comparative Dalek Ethics

If you’ve seen the latest trailer for the upcoming Doctor Who series, you’ll have seen a hint that (SPOILER ALERT) a Dalek that develops ethical sensibilities seems like it will be a focus at some point. I’ve been intrigued ever since that early promotional spot on the BBC had a Dalek saying that it detected in [Read More...]

Is Mythicism an Ebola-Like Virus?

Jonathan Bernier wrote a blog post about how people reacted to an instance of “Ebola-like symptoms” and their failure to recognize that such symptoms did not mean that this was a case of Ebola. He uses this as an illustration of parallelomania – the tendency of mythicists, but also an earlier generation of scholars, to assume [Read More...]

Self-Help

This made me laugh (even though the labels were clearly contrived by the photographer and not put there by the library). But at any rate, there isn't really a conflict. Reading a self-help book is already an example of helping yourself by seeking help from another. Anyone who thinks they are a completely independent individual [Read More...]

Fossil Hunting is Unbiblical

Deuteronomy 2:19 says, “When you come to the Ammonites, do not harass them or provoke them to war, for I will not give you possession of any land belonging to the Ammonites.” And yet I have found online, in direct disobedience to this command, photos of ammonites which have been taken possession of, together with [Read More...]

How Do You Define “@%!#*! Loonie”?

Jim Linville will be giving a conference paper in November with what may be the most amusing title on the program at SBL: May Contain Nuts and B.S. (Biblical Studies): The Politics of Academic Legitimacy Online and the Need to Properly Theorize the Category “@%!#*! Loonie” He has now put out an appeal for help [Read More...]

Human Nature in Recent Movies

I got caught up on some movie viewing during my transatlantic flights this summer. I got to see Noah, Divergent, and the remake of Robocop. I was struck by a theme that linked all three very closely: their treatment of human nature. The movie Noah is a confusing mess, which does some creative things with [Read More...]

Expository Preaching in the First Century

  Via Anglican Memes and Humour on Facebook.   [Read more...]

For Those Who Use Lot’s of Salt

HT Jessica Bartley on Pinterest.   [Read more...]

Science Denial Tactics

Ken Perrott shared this useful image with Sean Carroll's list of tactics used by science-deniers for more than a hundred years. Some of them claim to be standing on “the unchanging Word of God,” when the reality is they are standing on unchanging tactics of deception, which haven't changed because they continue to be effective [Read More...]

How the Ark was Really Built

HT Kara Cooney on Facebook     [Read more...]

Creation: The True Story

From the New Yorker via Brian LePort on Facebook, whose comment on the cartoon was “We are made in the image of God.”   [Read more...]

Doctor Who: Death to the Daleks

The episode Death to the Daleks reminded me of the unmade episode The Masters of Luxor, inasmuch as it begins with the TARDIS completely losing power, with a mysterious city with a beacon on it being responsible. But there the similarities end. As in other episodes, we encounter primitive beings who offer sacrifice, because of [Read More...]

The God Question at GenCon

I’ve purchased my badges, and will be attending GenCon on Saturday and Sunday, August 16th and 17th. I also got myself a ticket to a screening of the movie “The God Question.” The God question seems to be present on the program more than in just the movie with that title, and more so than [Read More...]

RSS Feed

Hello blog readers! I hope that most of you who have subscribed to my blog's RSS feed are continuing to see posts appear. But I know that at least a couple of people have found that, since the Patheos upgrade, they are no longer seeing new posts. I thought I would mention it, in the [Read More...]


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