Film Composer James Horner Has Died

The news has been breaking that James Horner has been killed in a plane crash. I’m a huge fan of film music - and always annoyed that one still needs to specify film music and apologize for it, as though the great composers of the era before motion pictures would not have composed in this genre. Goodbye [Read More...]

Religious Tributes to Leonard Nimoy

It seemed appropriate to round up some of the tributes to Leonard Nimoy which have had religious elements to them. They are all in a similar vein, although The Onion’s is the most distinctive of them, followed by David Hayward’s.   [Read more...]

Leonard Nimoy Lived Long and Prospered

Leonard Nimoy has passed away, at age 83. Tributes are appearing far and wide. The character of Spock on Star Trek is obviously his most famous role, and the commitment to logic without emotion, and yet the forging of friendship and self-sacrifice, coupled with the ideology of Infinite Diversity in Infinite Combinations, offered a worldview that, [Read More...]

Marcus Borg 1942-2015

The news has been breaking that Marcus Borg has passed away. Borg was an important figure in two areas that I also live and work in: Biblical studies, with particular focus on the historical Jesus; and progressive Christianity. Borg wrote a number of excellent books, including ones which illustrated the ability of people who disagree [Read More...]

RIP Wolfhart Pannenberg

I thought I would share this to mark the passing of Wolfhart Pannenberg, the famous theologian. The quote image comes from Michael Roberts’ blog.   [Read more...]

RIP Dave Brubeck

Via Sean Carroll’s blog, I learned that legendary jazz musician Dave Brubeck passed away today. [Read more...]

Neil Armstrong RIP

The news just broke that the first man on the moon has passed away. Neil Armstrong, the famous astronaut, died today at the age of 82. We will all, I am sure, remember with gratitude for his role in taking humanity to a world other than our own for the first time.   [Read more...]

Marvin Meyer R.I.P.

Marvin Meyer, known to many not only for his work on the Gnostic Gospels but also his appearance in several documentaries, has passed away. Alin Suciu has more details about his career and his passing. Meyer was scheduled to present in the same Nag Hammadi and Gnosticism session as I am in November at the [Read More...]

Ray Bradbury In Memoriam

The news is breaking that Ray Bradbury passed away this morning. It is poignant that Bradbury had a short article published in The New Yorker just days before his death today, June 6th, 2012, at the age of 91, which bore the title “Take Me Home.” The article is about the inspiration for one of my [Read More...]


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