Jesus’ Wife is Really Old

Via Jim Davila I learned that Harvard Magazine has an article which explains why announcing the results of the scientific dating of the fragment known as the Gospel of Jesus’ Wife took so long, and what the outcome is at the end of that process. Larry Hurtado also mentioned the breaking news, with links to [Read More...]

The Scientific Study of Religion: Building Bridges in Indianapolis

I was struck to see this call for papers for an academic conference on religion here in Indianapolis: 2014 Annual Meeting Call for Papers Society for the Scientific Study of Religion October 31-November 2, 2014 JW Marriott, Indianapolis, Indiana Building Bridges SSSR’s current web site notes: The Society for the Scientific Study of Religion was [Read More...]

Frequency of Miracles

From TheMetaPicture.com via Pinterest Anyone who has looked into this will know that it is incorrect – for as long as there has been photography, there have been photos of allegedly supernatural or paranormal things. Photoshot is just a more convenient tool for the task. But it is interesting to ask why, despite the fact [Read More...]

Galileo Gambit

Open Parachute has a great post about the Galileo gambit or Galileo fallacy, the notion that having one's ideas opposed somehow demonstrates that they are correct. Here is a takeaway quote: The real lesson from Galileo is not to oppose the “establishment” or current scientific consensus – but to rely on evidence. It was this [Read More...]

Doctor Who: Hide

The latest episode of Doctor Who, “Hide,” illustrates the classic tension in the show between offering scientific explanations for the seemingly supernatural, and positing the reality of the paranormal. Spoilers ahead. The episode presents itself as a ghost story. It has a haunted house, an apparition, and the Doctor and Clara turning up and presenting [Read More...]

How Can We Tell That Genesis 1 Doesn’t Offer Scientific Information?

Someone asked a question along these lines on Facebook recently, asking what one piece of evidence in particular persuades people to adopt the view that they do. There are multiple things that I find particularly indicative. The reference to a dome in Genesis 1 is itself significant. But the point becomes even clearer if one [Read More...]


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