Creationism and Global Warming in a Nutshell

From ASBO Jesus [Read more...]

Israel and the Palestinians: Reading Recommendations Sought

I’m hoping to read three books with students who will be participating in the trip to Israel/Palestine in May 2012. The first I’ve already decided on, and it is A Hitchhiker’s Guide to Jesus: Reading the Gospels on the Ground by Bruce Fisk. I’m also using it as a textbook in my historical Jesus class. [Read More...]

Jesus’ Top Ten List

I concur with Chris Brady that “Coffee With Jesus” is doing something wonderfully impressive in the cartoon genre. Take this example, in which Jesus is asked for his list of the top 10 important events of 2011: [Read more...]

Scary Solstice

Given the back-and-forth about paganism that has been taking place on Patheos between Mike Bird, Star Foster, and others, I thought I would respond in the manner most appropriate to my own blog: with something humorous and sci-fi related. Some years ago I discovered that there were carols about Cthulhu. Here’s “Scary Solstice.” You’ll be [Read More...]

Jesus: “Hitch Didn’t Hate Me”

HT The Lead While there have unsurprisingly been arrogant, misguided and unhelpful comments from Christians, there have also been some particularly appreciative ones. Here’s an example from Bo Sanders: “Hitchens helped me by rabidly critiquing that false god of Empire and cutting open the giant bloated carcass of Christendom with razor-sharp clarity.”   [Read more...]

Jesus, Voldemort and Everyone Else Parodies Rick Perry

There are lots of parodies of and responses to Rick Perry’s “Strong” ad. The one by Jesus himself is probably the best so far: See too Bob Cargill’s post, which not only shares a parody by a Rabbi, but also observes that Rick Perry is dressed like a character from Brokeback Mountain in the ad! [Read More...]

Worst False Antithesis of the Week

Theophrastus at the blog BLT nominated this as the “worst false antithesis of the week”: “Do we want a candidate who is a good, moral person — or one who is a born-again follower of the lord Jesus Christ?” – Robert Jeffress, senior pastor of First Baptist Church in Dallas, at the Values Voter Summit [Read More...]

Antievolutionism in the Classroom and around the Blogosphere

My freshman “Faith, Doubt and Reason” class yesterday took an unexpected turn, as a discussion of Paul Tillich’s treatment of symbols in his Dynamics of Faith raised the issue of whether faith is necessary in the natural sciences, which led some students (the vast majority, at least of those who spoke) to express a “lack [Read More...]

Double Standards on Religious Affiliation and Violence

The above infographic seemed relevant in connection with my previous post. HT Hemant Mehta. [Read more...]

Review of Holger Michael Zellentin, Rabbinic Parodies of Jewish and Christian Literature

I’m grateful to Mohr Siebeck for having sent me a free review copy of Holger Michael Zellentin’s new book, Rabbinic Parodies of Jewish & Christian Literature (Texts & Studies in Ancient Judaism, 139). Anyone who studies ancient religious literature is bound to have come across stories which seem amusing and/or satirical. But determining when stories [Read More...]


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