Depicting Jesus and Buddha

Today’s Bizarro cartoon takes a look at how we depict important figures. What do you think about this topic when considered in a more serious way? How has the openness of Buddhists and Christians to depicting the key figures in their traditions impacted the way people think about them? Has the prohibition against depicting Muhammad helped safeguard his [Read More…]

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Transracial Jesus

As a New Testament scholar who has blogged about Rachel Dolezal, racism, and the appearance of Jesus, I found this amusing – not least because the father who spills the beans is not Joseph, from whom Jesus would have inherited half of his Middle Eastern characteristics, but God. It is from Don Asmussen’s Bad Reporter [Read More…]

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I Passed for Black

As a fan of John Williams’ music, I am aware of the old movie “I Passed for White” and blogged about it a while back. Today there has been a prominent news story about the reverse situation – someone who is “white” passing for “black.” Rachel Dolezal, president of the NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of [Read More…]

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Is That Dalek Blue and Black?

A Whovian contribution to the blue and black dress fervor. [Read more…]

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Fifty Shades of God

The above graphic came to my attention on Facebook. I appreciate attempts to introduce nuance into discussions of beliefs and views. The above does better than the “Dawkins Scale.” But the color coding doesn’t seem like it is going to be useful. Can you imagine the conversations? “You’re indigo on the existence of God? As [Read More…]

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LOST Rewatch: White Rabbit

The episode begins with the iconic eye, but it is Jack’s eye in a flashback. The phrase “we’ve gotta go back” is used – this time by Boone, referring to a woman (Joanna) who was swimming and ended up drowning. Jack catches a glimpse of the apparition of his father again, this time close enough [Read More…]

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Dreaming of a White Jesus

The recent statement by a Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly illustrates well why historical Jesus research is so important. Jesus has become a powerful myth, indeed more than one, and has been coopted in the service of a great many ideologies. Nothing provides as effective a counter to the infinite range of things that Jesus [Read More…]

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Testing Young-Earth Creationism

Cdbren, a young-earth creationist commenter who was caught engaging in dishonest practices on this blog a while back, has made a reappearance, this time to (among other things) complain about my focusing on chalk deposits like the famous White Cliffs of Dover as counter-evidence to young-earth creationism. But as commenter Ian pointed out, it is [Read More…]

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The Fringe Finale (and the LOST Finale)

The finale of Fringe was different than what Abrams and company did with the finale of LOST. Whether it was better or worse is debatable, but it was different in just about every way that it could have been different. And that makes it interesting. There are spoilers ahead, so if you have not seen [Read More…]

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Doctor Who: Enlightenment

“Enlightenment” is the third and final episode in the Black Guardian trilogy, and another of my favorites from when I was younger. On the DVD release there is a second disc in which some of the special effects have been redone using CGI technology. The episode features godlike beings that had already been encountered on [Read More…]

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