Depicting Jesus and Buddha

Today’s Bizarro cartoon takes a look at how we depict important figures. What do you think about this topic when considered in a more serious way? How has the openness of Buddhists and Christians to depicting the key figures in their traditions impacted the way people think about them? Has the prohibition against depicting Muhammad helped safeguard his [Read More…]

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The Gist of Jesus

It has been interesting teaching my course on the historical Jesus again. Even in the few years that have passed since the last time I taught it, the strong shift in the academy away from an older approach to the subject has been very noticeable. Much of this is due to the impact of the work [Read More…]

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The Buddha has been Upgraded

When I saw the photo above by M. Elsevier Stokmans, which accompanied the news that a CT scan of a Buddha statue had revealed a mummy inside, I presume I wasn’t the only one to think of the Doctor Who episode “Dark Water” and the Cybermen, right? There’s more information on Robs Webstek’s website. [Read more…]

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Yoda Buddha

CNET shared a link to and examples of Chris Milnes’ productions, for sale on Etsy, made using a 3-D printer. Yoda is a much more natural fit for a Zen depiction than some of the other figures. But all of them deserve to be checked out, and they include figures not just Star Wars but [Read More…]

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Yoda, Buddha, Obi-Wan, and Confucius

AntiquityNow has free materials -ranging from bookmarks to cookbooks to curricula – related to the ancient world. Some of it incorporates science fiction, such as the bookmark below or the curriculum on time travel. Of almost but not entirely unrelated interest, The Toast has a list of courses taken by Lara Croft when working on her Master of Library [Read More…]

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Aren’t You A Little Short For A Buddhist?

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Jesus and the Historian’s Craft

Tim O’Neill has posted part 1 and part 2 of an online article which is getting a lot of discussion: “An Atheist Historian Examines the Evidence for Jesus.” He does a really good job not just of explaining what the positive evidence is for there having been a historical Jesus, but why mythicist counterarguments are unpersuasive, [Read More…]

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C3P0 Deva

Apparently it isn't only Ewoks that turned C3P0 into a deity.   [Read more…]

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Total Recall

I recently watched the remake of the movie “Total Recall,” this version starring Colin Farrell rather than Arnold Schwarzenegger. There were some other major differences, many of which are introduced right at the start of the movie. For instance, the plot focuses on Britain and Australia rather than Earth and Mars. Some of the technology [Read More…]

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Cats as Critics of Human Religion

Jerry Coyne loves cats, and he posted two images with cats, in different contexts, that can both be used to make interesting points. The first one he actually solicited captions for… The two that came to mind were: An Egyptian deity ponders the proclivity of humans to make their gods in their image. and “Humans [Read More…]

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