The Young Messiah

I am grateful to have had the opportunity (as part of the Patheos Movie Club) to see an advance viewing of The Young Messiah, a movie based on the novel by Anne Rice, the original title of which was Christ the Lord: Out of Egypt. The story begins with text suggesting that many Jews fled [Read More…]

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The Vatican, Star Wars, and Stephen Colbert

I assume that anyone who continues to read my blog regularly probably shares my enjoyment of and interest in science fiction, religion, and humor. And so if you haven’t seen it already, you will want to watch the clip above, which sees Stephen Colbert torn between his childhood faith and upbringing, and his church.   [Read more…]

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First Review of Touching the Face of the Cosmos

The first review of Touching the Face of the Cosmos: On the Intersection of Space Travel and Religion has appeared, written by Robert A. Lee for National Space Society Review. Here is an excerpt: Readers who wish to explore the implications of space travel on Christian and personal spirituality will find much in this anthology [Read More…]

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Cities that Built the Bible

Bob Cargill’s latest book, The Cities That Built the Bible, is now available for pre-order. There is a website about the book, and you can pre-order it on Amazon.com. Since it is now available, I thought I would share the full version of the blurb I provided to Harper Collins about the book: In The Cities [Read More…]

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Spoiler-Free Review of The Force Awakens

Stephen Matheson shared his experience of seeing the new Star Wars movie on Facebook, and considerately redacted out anything that might give away plot details. It was so good, I had to share it: Thoughts about The Force Awakens. Spoilers have been fully redacted, so you may read without fear of having your first viewing [Read More…]

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I Saw Star Wars: The Force Awakens!

I’ve seen Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens. For the most part, I love what J. J. Abrams has accomplished. Have you seen it yet? If not, you won’t want to read further. There are some major spoilers. It is only a minor spoiler to mention the fact that, when the introductory text rolls at [Read More…]

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Rankled by Wranglings about Rank-Raglan Rankings

I decided to go with an alliterative title for my second review for Bible and Interpretation of Richard Carrier’s book, On the Historicity of Jesus: Why We Might Have Reason for Doubt. The title of the review article is “Rankled by Wranglings about Rank-Raglan Rankings: Jesus and the Mythic Hero Archetype.” I suppose I could have [Read More…]

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Did Jesus Die in Outer Space?

Over the past several weeks I’ve been reading Richard Carrier’s book, On the Historicity of Jesus: Why We Might Have Reason for Doubt, which The Bible and Interpretation kindly sent me a copy of, asking me to provide them with a review. It soon became clear to me that a single review with an overview of [Read More…]

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Humanity Left Behind

Fred Clark has posted again about the Left Behind movie. Here is a quote: You don’t need to be a seminary graduate to understand the theological problems with this story — you just need to be a human being. That’s the insurmountable problem for any attempt to make a movie based on LaHaye’s theological-sounding ideology. [Read More…]

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Late to Love

When I heard that Sam Rocha, fellow Patheos blogger, was releasing what he called an “Augustinian soul album,” how could I not be intrigued? And so, when I heard that he was looking for reviewers to listen to and blog about the album before its release, I jumped at the opportunity. The album is called [Read More…]

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How You Can Tell Maurice Casey’s Book About Mythicism is Good

Richard Carrier is quite the character, and he has written what he calls a “critical review” of Maurice Casey’s recent book about mythicism, Jesus: Evidence and Argument or Mythicist Myths?. Anyone who is used to reading his “reviews” will know what to expect – they are typically lengthy attempts to discredit, picking at minor details [Read More…]

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