Spotting Bad Science and Scholarship

I became aware of this infographic a while back, and wanted to comment on it, both in relation to science and also in terms of how it relates to other fields.   Some of the details are relevant only to the natural sciences – there is no way to double blind test a historical reconstruction. [Read More...]

Growth of the Jedi

Tomorrow in my class on religion and science fiction, we’ll be talking about non-theistic religion depicted in science fiction, in movies like Star Wars and Avatar. Today Religion Nerd brought two links to my attention. One is a Fox News interview about Jediism. The second is Benjamin Svetkey’s article “Church of the Jedi” about spending [Read More...]

Details of the Previously Missing Doctor Who Episodes Recently Recovered

The BBC held a press conference today, then embargoed those present from publishing the details before midnight UK time. It is almost time, but some details have already begun to leak, and it is pretty amazing news. Nine parts of episodes previously lost have been recovered, and they are from the Patrick Troughton era. They [Read More...]

Sharing Links to Other Blogs and News

I have long had a widget in my sidebar that shared links to interesting posts and news items elsewhere. Unfortunately, that widget seems to be causing the blog to load very slowly, resulting in error messages and other frustrating experiences for readers. I hope to find a widget that will work without such side-effects, but [Read More...]

In Doctor Who News

Doctor Who News has a brief piece about the forthcoming book Time and Relative Dimensions in Faith which Andy Crome and I have edited. It is already available for pre-order on Amazon in the UK (not yet through Amazon in the United States). I can’t guarantee that anyone will get them early as a result of [Read More...]

More on What J. J. Abrams’ Star Wars Movie Might Look Like

The news that J. J. Abrams will produce Star Wars Episode VII is producing a fair amount of humor and art, among other kinds of reactions. In addition to the Star Wars/Star Trek connections, some have explored what it might look like in the style of LOST. Others have suggested it might need more cowbell [Read More...]

It’s Pretty Much Definite: Jesus was Descended from David

I am grateful to Gavin of the blog Otagosh for pointing out the genealogical gem that BBC News recently shared. Jesus almost certainly was descended from David – because it is likely that everyone among the Jews in his time was descended from David. Read the article for the genealogical logic behind this statement. Of course, [Read More...]

The Work Of Bibliobloggers Gets Its Due

Bibliobloggers have finally made it into the big league, getting a mention on the front page of the New York Times (click through to see it in full context): Please click through and see the page itself to verify its authenticity before reading further. Now that I’ve put some of you in shock and made [Read More...]

Talpiot Photos and a Video that may Change your Perspective

A round up of the latest blogging on the Talpiot tombs and James ossuary. James Tabor has provided more photos of the most discussed inscription from Talpiot tomb B. He also offers additional photos of other inscriptions from the tomb, also known as the patio tomb. Tom Verenna offers video evidence from the “Lost Tomb of [Read More...]

The Sledding Crow

Modern science has provided heaps of evidence of ways in which humans and other animals are similar. Does this video offer yet another example? Do you think this crow was sledding just for fun? Or is there some other explanation for its actions, and if so, what might that explanation be? [Read more...]

TV News Coverage of the Israel-Egypt Conflict (c. 1300 BCE)

HT Hemant Mehta [Read more...]


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