Expert: “Jesus’s Wife” Fragment a Modern Forgery

It may not be a smoking gun, but it’s Col. Mustard in the Conservatory. The awesome Dale Price turned up this story in the Guardian, which is based on this report by Francis Watson of Durham University, first shared by Mark Goodacre. What’s the proof? The fragment appears to have been composed from pieces of [Read More...]

Gospel of Thomas: A Few Thoughts and Some Excerpts

One thing to keep in mind with the Jesus’s wife story is that it’s all bound up in trends and obsessions in certain academic quarters devoted to study the Christian Gnostics. One of their chief texts is the “Gospel” of Thomas, a text dating to the late 2nd century or later. Thomas is important because it [Read More...]

Game Review: 10000000

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10000000: EightyEight Games, iPhone/Touch/iPad, $2. Content issues: none, unless you’re one of those weird Christians who believe works of fiction containing magic are the devil’s truss or something, in which case … just go away.  For iPhone Launch Day, and as a bit of a break from the current whirlwind of fake Jesus news, I [Read More...]

The Gnostic Noise Machine and the “Wife” of Jesus UPDATED

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I was going to let the whole “Jesus had a wife” thing pass by in silence, since the discovery of a minor fragmentary unprovenanced 4th century papyrus of a probable Gnostic text is about as relevant to actual Christianity as an episode of Scooby Doo. If it turns out to be authentic (big if) it [Read More...]

Are Warp Drives Possible? Definitely Maybe, in Theory

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The sci-fi idea of a “warp drive” is based on simple physics: nothing can move faster than the speed of light. (There may be exceptions, such as in certain kinds of quantum tunneling, but this seems unlikely.) So, if we want a vessel to travel faster than light, we need to create a bubble that [Read More...]

Archbishop Chaput on Hard Choices, Money, Sexual Abuse, Politics, and More

John Allen does a long and interesting interview with Archbishop Chaput. Absolutely first-rate stuff from both subject and writer. The section on politics is going to get the most play in the media, but you should read all of it to get a sense of one of the great bishops of our time. We’re speaking [Read More...]

This Guy for President: 2016

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I think I’ve been pretty clear about my disdain for our two party system, particularly for the way in which the Republican Party has abandoned core principles of conservatism in favor of corporatism and imperialism. I like Ron Paul, but more in a nutty-uncle way than in a leader-of-the-free-world way. Honestly, America doesn’t need a [Read More...]

Custom Organs and Co-Creation

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I write about these stories from time to time, and with each new headline the ball seems to be a little further down the field. I was particularly taken with a line in this article about Andemariam Beyene, who received a new windpipe to replace one ravaged by cancer. The windpipe was “grown” on a plastic scaffolding using [Read More...]

Apologists and Catechists, Debate and Dialectic

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The role of Catholics online has evolved in interesting  ways, with social media tools allowing all members of Christ’s Church to explore and share the faith, from the pope right down to the average layperson with a mobile phone and a Twitter account. A vast range of topics and approaches falls within that spectrum, but [Read More...]

Hopeful Signs as Benedict Arrives in Lebanon

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John Allen has these truly surprising reactions: Last week, Prime Minister Najib Mikati, a Sunni Muslim, announced that Saturday would be declared a national holiday in honor of the pope’s arrival. Hezbollah’s leader, Sheik Hassan Nasrallah, has publicly welcomed the visit, describing it as “extraordinary and historic.” Other Muslim leaders have also struck positive notes, including Grand [Read More...]

Eagle Gets Printed Beak

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One for the “just plain cool” files, from Grist via io9. Beauty the bald eagle was shot in the face, which left her looking like she was wearing a duck mask, and also unable to eat on her own. She now has a brand-new 3D-printed nylon polymer beak that will allow her to clean and [Read More...]

Uncovering Hidden Texts at the Mountain of God

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St. Catherine’s Monastery occupies a spot at the base of Mount Sinai where Moses is believed to have encountered the burning bush. We know monks have been there since at least the late 4th century, since the peripatetic Egeria noted its existence in the early 380s, but it’s possible monastic life there stretches back even further. So: really old. St. Catherine’s [Read More...]

To Answer a Question

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Why, after George W. Bush made so many mistakes and violated so many core principles of conservatism, do some of us still think so fondly of him? Because he’s a good man, and no reasonable person could doubt that he loves this country and her people in all our messy weirdness. Because I can’t imagine [Read More...]

You Know What Makes New York’s Spy Computer a Little Less Terrifying?

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The fact that it’s not run by the FBI. Nationwide. With facial and voice recognition as a core feature. Because that would be so much worse: Birthmarks, be damned: the FBI has officially started rolling out a state-of-the-art face recognition project that will assist in their effort to accumulate and archive information about each and every American [Read More...]

I’ve Been Memed

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Thanks to Allison for making this! I was also impressed by these balanced and sane thoughts from John Michael Talbot, via his public Facebook page. We may disagree on how to achieve certain goals, but I absolutely agree with the sentiments and the spirit. This needs to be the starting point for anyone who hopes to heal [Read More...]