Help Us Reach Our Goal

I got a kick out of this cartoon. Do you think that the difference between “handful of wackos” and “mainstream religion” is simply the number of people who adhere to it? This is a serious question that scholars of religion sometimes wrestle with. HT Before It’s News [Read more...]

Valerie Tarico’s Historical Denialism

In a recent online article, Valerie Tarico suggests that “a growing number of scholars” are concluding that there was no historical Jesus. It isn’t clear to me that Richard Carrier, Robert Price, and Thomas Brodie represent a “growing number” compared to past generations. If one goes back half a century or more, the idea had [Read More...]

How Do You Define “@%!#*! Loonie”?

Jim Linville will be giving a conference paper in November with what may be the most amusing title on the program at SBL: May Contain Nuts and B.S. (Biblical Studies): The Politics of Academic Legitimacy Online and the Need to Properly Theorize the Category “@%!#*! Loonie” He has now put out an appeal for help [Read More...]

The Fringe Finale (and the LOST Finale)

The finale of Fringe was different than what Abrams and company did with the finale of LOST. Whether it was better or worse is debatable, but it was different in just about every way that it could have been different. And that makes it interesting. There are spoilers ahead, so if you have not seen [Read More...]

Cable Company Posts Spoilers About Fringe Finale

Just look at the description they gave of the episode, which someone shared on Reddit: [Read more...]

Fringe Finale Trailer

The above is a new trailer for Fringe (HT IO9; go here if you haven’t seen the previous one). I am rather sorry that there isn’t the same sort of excitement that there was about the finale of LOST (so much so that my posts about the LOST finale continue to get visits). Not only is [Read More...]

Gods Aspiring to be Human, Humans Aspiring to be Gods

This post will focus more on Fringe than Doctor Who or Sherlock Holmes, but this quote that came to my attention is relevant to a key element in the show. The original words of the quote in their exact form are: Sherlock Holmes is a human being who aspires to be a god and the [Read More...]

Fringe: Humans, Animals, and Anomalies

Yesterday’s episode of Fringe, “Anomaly XB-6783746,” had a less explicitly theological focus than the one before it. But it raised crucial questions of another sort: what makes a human being, what does it mean to be an animal, and what does evolution have to do with it – whether evolution that occurs naturally, or resulting [Read More...]

Fringe: There is Only One God in this Laboratory

The episode of Fringe “Black Blotter,” which aired last week, fascinated a lot of people because of its LSD-augmented aspects, and in particular its surreal tribute to Monty Python (with an Empire Strikes Back moment worked in for good measure). There has been a connection between religion and psychedelic drug use for as long as [Read More...]

Fringe: Are Emotions Our Strength Or Our Weakness?

The episode of Fringe “The Human Kind,” which aired this past Friday, involves a lot of discussion that intersects with faith, doubt, reason, intuition, emotion, and even God and providence. Before getting into the spoiler-containing part of the post, let me say something that I think could already be said based on previous episodes. Joshua [Read More...]

Fringe: Can You Change Your Mind?

I’ve been wanting to blog about Fringe this season, but the relative paucity of explicit God-talk meant that I often didn’t have a clear topic to focus on in posts. But even the new intro is worth focusing attention on. In place of the paranormal fringe science or pseudoscience of the previous seasons, it substitutes [Read More...]


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