Hebrew Cannon

Via George Athas. I haven't seen the distinction between canon and cannon illustrated quite this pictorially before!   [Read more...]

The Canon was Decided at the Council of Orlando

IO9 reported that Disney is apparently holding a meeting to determine what will be considered part of the Star Wars canon and what won’t. It is as though we have entered a parallel universe in which Dan Brown is right about the formation of the canon, only his timing is off and the canon is [Read More...]

The Canon of Whovian Scripture

As some fans of Doctor Who have already noted, the inclusion of mention of companions of the Eight Doctor's from audiobooks in the prequel minisode “The Night of the Doctor” seems to give the stamp of canonicity to those stories. Of course, that conclusion perhaps needs to be tempered by the fact that even the [Read More...]

Your Opportunity to Write Scripture

For Pastafarian readers (and presumably also the “touched by his noodly appendage but not religious”) this may be of interest. An official call has been issued for the composition of scriptures about Flying Spaghetti Monster, for the second edition of The Loose Canon. Click through to the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster blog for [Read More...]

Mark Goodacre on Doctor Who and New Testament Canons

Mark Goodacre brings his expertise in New Testament and his expertise in Doctor Who together in a Two Minute Timelord podcast. Click through to have a listen! I would be interested to know what listeners think of Mark’s points. An interesting point to consider is that this podcast is by definition not canonical, and so, [Read More...]

Please Open Your Bibles and Turn to…the Table of Contents

I came across this image on Facebook: It gets closer to the truth than what many people seem to think, including Dan Brown. But it is wrong about a number if points – not least of which is the generalization that all Christians think the Bible dropped down from heaven in its complete bound form. [Read More...]

Canon and Compromise

There is something ironic about people pointing to their canon of Scripture and being uncompromising on the basis of it or about things that it says. A canon is almost always a result of compromise, and this is nowhere more true than in the case of the Jewish and Christian Bibles. Indeed, the fact that [Read More...]

Don’t Let the Fact That Paul’s Letters are Now Christian Scripture Undermine Their Message and Authority!

Paul, in his time, made a case for relaxing Scriptural stipulations about the need for anyone within Abraham's household to be circumcised in order to be part of the covenant (Genesis 17:9-14). He did the same with regard to the people of God being called to observe the things written in the Law of Moses, [Read More...]

Religion in Captain America: The First Avenger

I just watched Captain America: The First Avenger and found it interesting to see how they connected it with the themes of aliens visiting ancient Norway in Thor and the idea that super-advanced science/technology is indistinguishable not only from magic and superstition but religion. Red Skull is played effectively by Hugo Weaving (made famous by The [Read More...]

Star Trek vs. Star Wars: Exclusivism, Inclusivism and Pluralism

Bob Cargill pointed out to me an article in CNN about the latest volleys in the Star Trek vs. Star Wars wars, with not only fans but actors getting involved in the controversy (and George Takei’s entertaining attempt to argue for the need for peace so as to face a common foe). To me, the [Read More...]

This is Your Brain on Inerrancy. Any Questions?

It has been a while since I’d seen this video, and so thanks to John Byron for reminding us about it! [Read more...]


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