The Canon’s Blurry Edges

First, I hope you all saw that Canon: The Card Game was featured in the online periodical Christian Today. I thought the author, Joseph Hartropp, did a fantastic job of conveying the essence of the game and the things that led to its creation. Before that, Doug Chaplin shared thoughts on the canon’s blurry edges. The things he [Read More…]

The Testimonia Flaviana at the Midwest SBL

I made it to just a tiny bit of the Midwest Society of Biblical Literature conference this year in February. I was scheduled to participate in a panel review of Urban von Wahlde’s book, Gnosticism, Docetism, and the Judaisms of the First Century, my contribution to which I shared here on the day I also shared it [Read More…]

Happy New Year, Mandaeans!

I am grateful to Jim Davila for reminding me that the Mandaean new year has just begun. Iran Front Page has a wonderful selection of photos of a ceremony marking the event. [Read more…]

Call for Papers on Personhood in Science Fiction

Journal of Science Fiction and Philosophy Call for Papers  General Theme The Journal of Science Fiction and Philosophy, a peer-reviewed, open access publication, is dedicated to the analysis of philosophical themes present in science fiction stories in all formats, with a view to their use in the discussion, teaching, and narrative modeling of philosophical ideas. It [Read More…]

Majestic Journey

I’ve been a fan of Kevin Kaska’s music ever since I first encountered it sharing an album with John Williams’ Trumpet Concerto and Essay for Strings. I’m delighted to find that more of his music has been released, both on CD as well as being found on YouTube. On some of the pieces below, you’ll [Read More…]

Wibbly Wobbly Gendery Bendery

With the announcement that a woman will be playing the Doctor, it occurred to me that “Wibbly Wobbly Gendery Bendery” would be a great title for a blog post. I began typing it in on Google, to see if anyone had already used the phrase, and it autocompleted it for me. The quote from “Blink” from [Read More…]

Presenting the 13th Doctor!

The news broke early – because the tennis finished early – that the next Doctor will pe played by… Jodie Whittaker. I can totally see it, can’t you? I am really liking this new way the BBC has been approaching the announcements of new Doctors starting with Capaldi. There is a little bit more information [Read More…]

Mark 7:27-28 for the Birds

This is another attempt to update a saying of Jesus into imagery that might make more sense to people today. After all, the dogs in most homes of Bible readers do not settle for crumbs. Some have their own dishes, and some eat from the plates of the “masters.” And so I thought that at the [Read More…]

The Thirteenth Doctor Will Be Announced Tomorrow

For those who may have missed the news, the BBC will be announcing tomorrow who the actor or actress will be who will next play the Doctor on Doctor Who. Any guesses? [Read more…]

Prayer for Orchestra

I discovered Amanda Harberg’s music through the Naxos Music Database. Her Viola Concerto is a phenomenal work, which you should listen to (it is on the composer’s website through SoundCloud). The same forthcoming CD also includes a wonderful viola concerto by Max Wolpert. Want more music now? Here’s Harberg’s Solis for Orchestra: Here is “Elegy for [Read More…]