The New Star Wars Trailer

The new trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens is intriguing, although I confess that it hasn’t really made me more excited about the movie that will be in cinemas in December. It took a while until the music or the action in the trailer started to really connect with me – although when it [Read More…]

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Theoretical Cosmoses and Historical Jesuses

I almost opted for the alternative plural forms of both words in the title of this post – “Theoretical Cosmoi and Historical Jesi.” Just in case anyone was wondering. But I figured it was better to have the words in the title be recognizable. I am constantly surprised when mythicists regard the number of theories about the [Read More…]

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The Jedi Jesus

IO9 featured some Star Wars fan theories from 1980. It is interesting to see the role that religion played in some of them. A popular theory was that Obi-Wan was a clone name – O.B.1. One person suggested that Obi-Wan Kenobi was a thousand years removed from “O.B.” who was “the Jesus” of the Jedi [Read More…]

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Connecting the Dots

In the past couple of days, I came across two sets of images which seem to me to be, shall we say, connected. The first was via George Takei’s page on Facebook: And the second was via Pinterest and Reddit, and explained visually what a theory is in the natural sciences and other academic disciplines: [Read More…]

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Maybe

Maybe this is why young-earth creationism is so disturbing and offensive. Young-earth creationists will pretend that mainstream science journals are not filled with abundant evidence for evolution – the course it has taken, the processes involved, and the genetic changes that underpin it. They will point to the things that scientists do not yet know, [Read More…]

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Spinning the Cross

David Hayward's latest cartoon will probably be controversial in some circles. But on one level, it reflects a very mainstream understanding of what happened in the early church. Jesus' followers thought he was destined to be king and restore the kingdom of David. They were so persuaded that, when the Romans crucified him, their belief [Read More…]

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Now, There Is This Competing Theory…

It should of course be captioned, “If math was taught like some people want science to be taught, but thankfully in most cases it isn’t…” [Read more…]

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Good News and Bad News in Indiana’s New Creation Science Law

The news is circulating that Senate Bill 89, which allows for the teaching of “creation science,” has passed the senate and now awaits approval from the house. There is at least some good news. On the one hand, the proposed law makes no mention of science classrooms, and so there is nothing that directly encourages [Read More…]

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The Latest on the Indiana Creationism Bill: Adding Still Other Views on Creation

“Unconstitutional Crusade Hurts Critical Thinking” is the title of a letter to the editor which appeared in today’s Indianapolis Star about the creationism bill that is going before Indiana’s senate. You can read it online. Also in the news today, as reported by the Daily Reporter and Skeptic, was the fact that the bill was [Read More…]

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Mythicism as Conspiracy Theory

That’s the title of an article in Slate by Evgeny Morozov, and there are a couple of quotes in which a simple substitution can be made so that they apply equally well to creationists, mythicists, and other denialists. Here’s an example: “In other words, mere exposure to the current state of the scientific historical consensus [Read More…]

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Quote of the Day (Pete Enns)

“Particularly in the age of the Internet, it is not hard at all to find someone with Ph.D. in a relevant field who lends a countervoice to mainstream thinking. This is true in the sciences, in biblical studies, and I’m sure any academic field. There is always someone out there who thinks he or she [Read More…]

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