Wikipistemology

The blog Only a Game had a wonderful post recently about the issue with Wikipedia, which is not about the information that is in many of the articles, but about what can be known to be behind them, and thus the confidence that one should or should not place in them. Here is a quote: The [Read More...]

Bill Nye on Child Mortality

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LOST Rewatch: One of Us

“One of Us” focuses on the story of Juliette and how she came to the island. Juliette, left behind by the Others, is taken along by Jack against Sayid’s objections. When they are alone, Sayid asks Juliette who “you people” are and why they make lists, kidnap children, and terrorize people, as well as who [Read More...]

I Love Heresy

The title of this post refers to the class called “Heresy,” which I am teaching this semester. We had a wonderful and interesting conversation in a recent class, on the subject of ideas about an afterlife, based on one of the readings for that class period, which was the Apocalypse of Peter. We discussed notions of retribution and [Read More...]

LOST Rewatch: Left Behind

In a flashback, Kate helps Cassidy avoid having the police called when she tries to scam someone at a gas station. Kate is calling herself Lucy. When asked why she chose that name, Kate mentions it being a saint’s name, and having learned them all in Sunday school. It is interesting that Kate justifies having [Read More...]

Trusting Tertullian

Tertullian claims that the Acts of Paul and Thecla were forged in his time, and that a particular individual confessed to having done so. In the past, I’ve been willing to accept Tertullian’s account. But I am beginning to think that perhaps I should treat Tertullian’s claim with a greater degree of skepticism. One reason [Read More...]

LOST Rewatch: Expose

This is really the only episode in which Nikki and Paolo are at all the focus. It is strange to recall how much fans spoke about them and were annoyed by the alleged prominence given to them. They actually feature very little, and are no more of a focus than Artz and other characters who [Read More...]

Who Quoted Whom?

In a post on the blog Right Reason, Glenn Peoples seeks to make the case that Paul quotes from the Gospel of Luke. The reference is to the connection between 1 Timothy 5:17–18 and Luke 10:7. If one were to make the case that the Pastoral Epistles were by Paul, despite the implausibility, then it could still be [Read More...]

LOST Rewatch: The Man from Talahassee

In flashbacks, a man named Peter Talbot goes to see John Locke, concerned about a man whom his mother is marrying. Locke’s father, Anthony Cooper, is now going by a different name, and had married Peter’s mother. Peter found him because of the record of the kidney donation. Locke pretends it was an anonymous donation [Read More...]

Egyptian Pie Chart

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iOS Mail and Outlook Apps: Just in the Nick of Time

I have been getting the sense that I am not alone among iPad users in having had my e-mail suddenly stop working. I suspect that it is somehow connected with the upgrade to iOS 8.1.3. It tries to load, and then goes blank. The built-in mail app had been crashing quite often even before the [Read More...]

Biblical Studies Carnival

The latest Biblical Studies Carnival is hosted by Vincent Artale Jr., whose first time it is hosting a carnival.Next month’s host will be Jennifer Guo, and it will be her first time hosting, too. She already has a post with a form for submitting links for the February carnival! [Read more...]

First and Second Peter

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LOST Rewatch: Par Avion

The episode begins with a flashback of Claire being in a car accident. She comes around, but her mother has been thrown through the car windshield and is lying on the street. The mother ends up on life support, and Dr. Woodruff says the cost of her treatment is being taken care of by someone [Read More...]


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