Doctor Who: Sleep No More

This episode (spoilers ahead) does one of the things that Doctor Who has done quite often in the past, but not recently in any instance I can think of, namely poking fun at particular genres. Doctor Who is science fiction, comedy, horror, drama, and children’s show, all rolled into one. At times it has deliberately engaged [Read More...]

Fact-Checking Fables

When the above cartoon appeared on Gavin Rumney’s blog, it struck me that it is a great depiction of the viewpoint of a variety of fundamentalisms. The cartoon captures as well the fact that, while the one who is fact-checking might believe themselves to be wise, they are in fact immature, and failing to appreciate the [Read More...]

Once Upon a Time

I came across the image above on Reddit. What do you think? Would Genesis be likely to be understood better or worse if it began with “Once upon a time” rather than “In the beginning”?   [Read more...]

The Dangers of Rejecting Critical Inquiry

Tim Widowfield has a post at Vridar which he says has nothing to do with mythicism, and yet somehow the post manages to repeat many of mythicism’s standard canards and talking points. In it he claims that that we know nothing about the Gospels’ provenance (this is not any more true in the case of [Read More...]

The Bible and Genre

Tim Bulkeley has posted the first two of his 5 minute Bible videos, focusing on genre in the Bible. The first is above, and here is the second, focused on prose and poetry. [Read more...]

Genres, Pigeonholes, and Pigeons

Genres are less like pigeon-holes than like pigeons. Constantly moving, endlessly diverse, and always multiplying. –Ken Brown on Facebook paraphrasing Carol Newsome’s quote from Alistair Fowler [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...]

Review of Gregory Mobley, The Return of the Chaos Monster

I am grateful to Eerdmans for sending me a complimentary review copy of Gregory Mobley’s book The Return of the Chaos Monsters: and Other Backstories of the Bible. Since the book has an overarching focus on stories I thought it might be appropriate to begin this review with a story, a personal anecdote. It is a [Read More...]