Don’t Miss the Moment

Yesterday I had the chance to meet face to face with Tim “Spike” Davis, whose cartoons I’ve often shared on this blog as well as on other social media. I took the opportunity to get a photo together: We chatted about all kinds of things, but one of them was about recognizing the importance of what [Read More…]

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Recreation of Rome in the Era of Constantine

Thanks to the Khan Academy for making the above video, and George Athas for sharing it. This is a recreation of what Rome looked like in the era of Constantine. I hope you enjoy your virtual visit to the ancient world! [Read more…]

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Doctor Who: The Masque of Mandragora

There are a lot of nice elements in the Doctor Who episode The Masque of Mandragora. Towards the beginning, we get a tour of the TARDIS, including the secondary control room, which the Doctor then begins using – making for a redecoration of the longstanding control room set, which the show would later return to. But it [Read More…]

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Romans and a Miracle-Worker

The question raised in this People in White Coats cartoon is an interesting one. There are stories of martyrdoms of miracle-workers, and not just from early Christian sources. But do those stories make any sense if the individual in question actually performed the kinds of miracles they are supposed to have? We can understand why [Read More…]

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Jesus Mythbusting

Several people on Facebook drew my attention to a misleading press release about Joseph Atwill, who is listed there as a “Biblical scholar,” even though there is no evidence that he has relevant qualifications or research to his name. His view is similar to ones that have been discussed on this blog before. The press [Read More…]

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Good Friday: Spoiler, Summary, Stomp

The student who presented today in my class on the Bible shared this meme image: That Jesus dies is a spoiler only in the sense that the sinking of the ship is a spoiler for those who watch the movie Titanic. But what is noteworthy in the attempts at humor is the penchant for this to [Read More…]

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ORBIS: The Stanford Geospatial Network Model of the Roman World

Via IO9, I learned of a new interactive map of the Roman world: ORBIS: The Stanford Geospatial Network Model of the Roman World. http://orbis.stanford.edu/ You can set a starting and destination point (say Jerusalem and Tarsus, for instance), and find out what was involved in traveling between the two by various means of transportation, including what [Read More…]

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Revelation 17: Key To Interpreting the Book of Revelation?

I have mentioned before that Revelation 17:9-10 seems to me to provide decisive evidence against the futurist or “end times” approach to understanding the Book of Revelation. We got up to chapter 17 of the Book of Revelation in my Sunday school class yesterday, and so we focused attention on that particular set of verses [Read More…]

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Why Vote for This or That Person for President?

It is sometimes assumed – rightly or wrongly – that people naturally vote for a candidate who most resembles them – in religious affiliation, appearance, background, and many other respects. A photo I saw on Facebook made me reflect on how true this may be, and whether it is how things ought to be. It [Read More…]

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The New Testament: Uninterested in Homosexuality?

I have found myself blogging on the topic of same-sex marriage and related subjects a lot lately. Perhaps I should try to take a more Biblical approach to the matter in the future – in other words, not talk about it much, if at all. But perhaps I can use this opportunity to share one [Read More…]

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More Mythicism around the Blogosphere

There seems to be quite a bit of buzz about mythicism in the blogosphere. Today’s round-up starts with another post by Joseph Hoffmann on the topic, which begins with the following statement: The train crash that is modern mythicism is built on the train crash that was earlier mythicism. The chance of the crash happening [Read More…]

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