LOST Rewatch: The Greater Good

In flashbacks, we see Sayid being walked through Heathrow Airport in handcuffs. The CIA wants Sayid to infiltrate a terrorist cell in Sydney, in exchange for being told where Nadia is. We later see him in a mosque engaged in prayer, where he is reunited with someone he knew, Essam. He says he is working [Read More...]

Israel and Palestine in Sunday School

I was asked by my Sunday school class to help them understand what is going on in Israel and the Palestinian territories, and how if at all this connects with the Bible. I was going to try to make a video with a brief overview of the history of Israel, providing maps and illustrations. But I have [Read More...]

Star Trek Into Darkness

Today I finally got to see Star Trek Into Darkness this afternoon. I had not tried to scrupulously avoid spoilers, and so I had some sense of some details that would be coming. I had even heard some complaints from longtime fans. My feelings about the movie were on the whole positive, indeed I really [Read More...]

Graphing a Problem

David Hayward’s cartoon could be about the Book of Job or the recent act by terrorists in Boston. Indeed, we could plot both on the graph. Does correlation indicate causation in this case? Certainly, if more intense suffering is a problem for a monotheistic worldview and so brings out more inane theological utterances, those utterances [Read More...]

What Religious Extremists Fear Most

HT Jim West   [Read more...]

TV News Coverage of the Israel-Egypt Conflict (c. 1300 BCE)

HT Hemant Mehta [Read more...]

Recollections from September 11th, 2001

I moved back to the United States in the summer of 2001, having spent most of my time during the decade prior to that in Europe – in the UK as a student, and then as a professor in Romania. I managed to piece together enough work to make ends meet that year, teaching adjunct [Read More...]

The Face of a Terrorist? Anders Behring Breivik and Christian Fundamentalism

Is this the face of a terrorist? It is perhaps too soon to say, if one takes the approach that one is innocent until proven guilty. But it is a photo of a suspected terrorist – Anders Behring Breivik, who Norwegian police have arrested in connection with the bombing and shooting that took place yesterday. [Read More...]


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