Proof These Are The Last Days?

This came my way via Facebook, and I thought I would share it here. I appreciate the irony that, by speaking falsely about the Book of Revelation and other parts of the Bible, and consistently being wrong about the future, many of the end-times focused Christians do indeed seem to be fulfilling Biblical predictions about the Last Days… [Read more...]

Redeeming Gnosticism

There will be an interesting conference at Rice University this week: GNOSTIC COUNTERCULTURES: INTRIGUE AND TERROR (RICE UNIVERSITY, HOUSTON, 26-28 MARCH) Upcoming in Texas, a taste of something completely different: “Members of this congress will explore the Gnostic in Western culture from the ancient world to the modern New Age, tracing the emergence, persistence, and [Read More...]

Eclipse Venn Diagram

  Another amusing Venn Diagram, courtesy of TheologyGrams. [Read more...]

Cordoba Call for Papers: Science Fiction and the Bible

Dr. Frauke Uhlenbruck, PhD (congratulations, Frauke!) mentioned on her blog Gods and Machines that the EABS call for papers for the 2015 conference in Cordoba is online, including the one for the program unit on science fiction and the Bible. There will be an open session, a themed session on dystopian apocalypses, and a joint [Read More...]

Word of the Day: Apocalyptabuse

S. Brent Plate coined the word in a recent article about a new TV show, The Leftovers. It refers to the use of expectations of a rapture of the end of the world to mentally terrorize people.   [Read more...]

Reporting the Apocalypse

Hemant Mehta shared the delightful BuzzFeed rundown of the different ways different media outlets would report the apocalypse. Click through to see the series. It includes self-parody, i.e. what BuzzFeed would have about the apocalypse… In a related vein, see Ed Cook’s Buzzfeedesque list of unbelievable Aramaic expressions. [Read more...]

Tomorrow and The Day After Tomorrow

As weather forecasters are warning of a “polar vortex” set to bring record low temperatures in many areas, is anyone besides me thinking back to the apocalyptic movie “The Day After Tomorrow,” which envisaged global warming disrupting weather patterns, leading to a new ice age? The movie's scenario is obviously ridiculously extreme, but it is [Read More...]

Zombie Acropolis

After I posted about the Zombie Bible series, someone commented on Facebook that they need to do one set in ancient Greece, and call it the Zombie Acropolis. Thinking this was a great pun, I was going to suggest that someone should make a picture. Turns out the internet was way ahead of me: And [Read More...]

Doctor Who: The Crimson Horror

“The Crimson Horror” brings together a team of characters to tackle a somewhat stereotypical evil, but with some interesting religious elements to explore for those interested in the intersection. Spoilers ahead! The story is set in the Victorian Era, with Vastra, Jenny, and Strax providing heroism and laughs. It begins with a mystery – dead [Read More...]

The Four Horses of the Snowpocalypse

These horses were actually sculpted in China – read the story here. But for some reason when I was shown the photo, I thought, four horses, four horsemen, snowpocalypse (recent blizzard in New England) and it all sort of came together. [Read more...]

That’s Not Taking Revelation Literally

One media outlet described the man who quit his job over a form with the number 666 on it as taking Revelation literally. Fred Clark had this to say, with his characteristic combination of sarcastic wit and religious insight:   No. No, no, no, 666 times no. Believers like Slonopas do not “take the book [Read More...]


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