Jesus’ Wedding Ring Unearthed!

One of the world’s leading archaeologists announced today that the wedding rings of Jesus and Mary Magdalene have been unearthed during renovations to an ancient church in France. The identity of the artifacts has been confirmed on the basis of the fact that the rings are made from crucifixion nails, and genetic material found on them [Read More…]

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J J Abrams Working on Revised Editions of Star Wars Prequels!

Star Wars fans will probably already have heard the news that J. J. Abrams has been authorized by Disney to make revisions to the classic Star Wars films, beginning with the prequels, which have been a subject of controversy ever since their release. Among the changes that are planned, the most important is of course the replacement [Read More…]

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Aliens Saved My Religion

As I was looking for images that could serve as prototypes or inspiration for the cover design for my forthcoming book, Theology and Science Fiction, I discovered a book title that was proposed but not used by another author. Tony Kriz shared on his blog that his book Neighbors and Wise Men: Sacred Encounters in [Read More…]

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Can Mythicism Kill Your Scholarly Career?

Can mythicism kill an academic career? Making a reasoned case as a scholar for that viewpoint won’t. But that’s not what I’m talking about here. I’m asking about the way the behavior – the insults and illogic that characterizes online mythicism – might train one to mistake the modes of self-expression that are passable on [Read More…]

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A Generic College Paper

Ever since I came across the McSweeney’s piece “A Generic College Paper,” I have wondered whether showing it to students and talking about it would not help them. It starts, like so many truly awful student papers, with “Since the beginning of time…” Here’s an excerpt: Utterly contrived topic sentence revealing pretty much every flaw of [Read More…]

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Punctuation Rule #46

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Doctor Who: The Sun Makers

It has been too long since my last post about the classic Doctor Who series. I finished my rewatch a while back and so just need to finish off blogging the Fourth Doctor era, having completed the first three as well as from the Fifth Doctor onwards, due to my having started my rewatch on two parallel [Read More…]

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Do Flat-Earthers Live On The Same Planet We Do?

Flat-Earthers have been getting more attention lately, for reasons that I cannot quite fathom. But I will not complain, and here’s why: Jonathan Robinson found a wonderful application for an analogy with those who insist that the Earth is flat. Even though flat-earthers say things about the Earth that are blatantly untrue and clearly wrong, we would nonetheless [Read More…]

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Can Christians Learn from Jews about the New Testament?

Via Facebook I found out about an interesting upcoming lecture by Rabbi David Sandmel, the Director of Interfaith Affairs for the Anti-Defamation League. The title is “Can Christians Learn from Jews about the New Testament?” It will be held at Christian Theological Seminary in Indianapolis on Thursday, March 31st at 7pm. [Read more…]

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The Ethics of Conspiracy Theories

Conspiracy theories, a recent article emphasizes, are not harmless self-delusions: In an important sense every conspiracy theory comes at some moral cost. To offer a conspiracy theory is to make an accusation. The accusation may be amorphous (‘shadowy forces run the country!’) or highly specific (‘Prince Philip ordered MI6 to kill Princess Diana!’) but by [Read More…]

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Engineering Terrorism, Engineering Fundamentalism

There was an article in the Chronicle of Higher Education recently about the disproportionate number of engineers among the ranks of terrorists. This is not a new observation – articles on this subject, I learned, have appeared over the years, in Slate, the Washington Post, and Foreign Policy. But as Greg Laden also pointed out, there is a new book [Read More…]

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Easter Sunday School

After I shared my last Sunday school class session about ideas of the afterlife in the Jewish Scripture/Christian Old Testament, several people expressed the desire that I record the next session, in which we’d be moving on to the New Testament and beyond. And so here it is, as per your request. The class is typically more [Read More…]

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Jesus Christ is Risen Today (Special Version for 2016)

Bob Royalty shared on Facebook this set of new lyrics he wrote for a well-known Easter hymn, with words that reflect the profound divisions between the Eastern and Western churches over the date of Easter: Jesus Christ is risen today! A-a-a-a-a-le-e-u-u-ia. Or is it the First of May? A-a-a-a-a-le-e-u-u-ia. Hung up on 14 Nisan, A-a-a-a-a-le-e-u-u-ia. [Read More…]

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David’s Son, David’s Lord

I should probably have looked into this question more than I have up until this point. What is the meaning of the riddle in Mark 12, in which Jesus asks how the Messiah can be David’s son, when he is called David’s lord in Psalm 110? The question came up in the comments on my [Read More…]

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