Blogging Temples (and Jim Davila the Prophet)

Jim Davila has been highlighting how the New York Times has been backtracking on and correcting an article which engaged in the common denialist tactic of treating diverse scholarly views about specific details as though it were evidence that the existence of the very thing under investigation were in doubt – in this case, in [Read More...]

Have a Snickers, Jesus

When I shared David Hayward’s depiction of the temple incident, suggesting that it happened because Jesus hadn’t had his morning coffee, Brian Le Port pointed out that it reminded him of one of those Snickers commercials. It seemed worth actually making it, and so I did. In case it needs to be said, I don’t [Read More...]

Does Coffee Prevent Temple Tantrums?

Given my longstanding interest in the temple incident, I felt I had to comment on David Hayward’s cartoon above. The action of Jesus in the temple, as depicted both in the Gospel of Mark and in the Gospel of John, seems to be a deliberate, well-planned symbolic action, and not an example of someone losing [Read More...]

Visiting the New Mormon Temple

Yesterday I went on a tour of the new Latter-Day Saints temple in Carmel, Indiana. It was my first ever visit to a Mormon temple, and it was quite fascinating. The architecture and artwork are all customized for the local context, and so it is not a coincidence that the top of the temple will remind [Read More...]

Membership and Religiosity

This New Yorker cartoon is a great response to the discussions of the recently-published Pew survey data which everyone is talking about. Surveys are interesting, but often we have seen surveys about an election (for instance) suggest one thing, only for the actual result to be very different. People identify themselves in multiple and various ways. There [Read More...]

LOST Rewatch: Sundown

In the afterlife reality, Nadia is married to Sayid’s brother Omar. His brother is in trouble, having borrowed money from someone. He asks Sayid to help convince the man who says he owes interest for as long as he has the business he started. Sayid says he is sorry, he isn’t the man he was [Read More...]

LOST Rewatch: Dead is Dead

The episode begins with Charles Widmore as a younger man complaining that Richard had brought one of the Dharma Initiative people there. Richard says that Jacob wanted it, and the island chooses whom it chooses. Charles then introduces himself to young Ben. Ben says he doesn’t wantto go back, but wants to stay and become [Read More...]

LEGO Jesus

Via Christian Memes on Facebook. [Read more...]

Cordoba Call for Papers: Science Fiction and the Bible

Dr. Frauke Uhlenbruck, PhD (congratulations, Frauke!) mentioned on her blog Gods and Machines that the EABS call for papers for the 2015 conference in Cordoba is online, including the one for the program unit on science fiction and the Bible. There will be an open session, a themed session on dystopian apocalypses, and a joint [Read More...]

Exegesis as Reading

The Patrologist recently blogged about exegesis as reading, warning about two extremes – the tendency to falsely claim to be merely reading and not interpreting, and the tendency to atomize and miss the big picture. Here’s the conclusion: I am constantly amazed to interact with so called ‘critical scholars’ who look at, say, a book like [Read More...]

Settlers of Canaan

OK, so somehow I had missed, until Jeff Carter and Jonathan Bernier drew it to my attention, that there is a game which is an authorized variation on Settlers of Catan, called…Settlers Of Canaan! I will keep an eye out for it at GenCon tomorrow. Of related interest, Minion Games has one called Kingdom of [Read More...]