Archives for March 2008

It’s Not Whether You Win Or Lose

Let’s imagine a hypothetical (and admittedly implausible) scenario, in which some new information comes to light – whether through scientific investigation, or from a booming voice from a burning bush – showing that in fact the intelligent design crowd, or even the young-earth creationists, were right, and it turns out that evolution is utterly inadequate [Read More…]

Mandaean Refugee Resources Project

Today I was made aware of the Mandaean Refugee Resources Project, an organization dedicated to addressing the humanitarian plight facing the Mandaeans in our time. I hope other readers of this blog will take an interest in this issue too, if they haven’t already. Also of interest is the recent article, IRAQ: The Mandaeans: Another [Read More…]

Quote of the Day (Dietrich Bonhoeffer)

“So our coming of age leads us to a true recognition of our situation before God. God would have us know that we must live as men who manage our lives without him…Before God and with God we live without God” (Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Letters and Papers from Prison). [Read more…]

Would You Give Away Millions To A Stranger?

I doubt that anyone reading this would transfer millions of dollars to someone they did not know, for any reason. Yet people must fall for these scams, since otherwise they wouldn’t keep occurring, would they? Please use your critical thinking skills. If the person sending this were really in the situation described, and was able [Read More…]

Arthur C. Clarke Dies Between 2001 and 2010

The renowned science fiction author Arthur C. Clarke has passed away. He was 90 years old. Tributes around the blogosphere include: 3 Quarks Daily, Biology in Science Fiction, Tobias Buckell, Targuman, Thoughts in a Haystack, IO9, Pharyngula, SF Signal, The Evilutionary Biologist, Further Thoughts, Hyper-Textual Ontology, Paul Levinson’s Infinite Regress, and The Bad Idea Blog. [Read More…]

Quote of the Day (Madeline L’Engle)

“Fiction…will teach me, teach me things I would never learn had I not opened myself to them in story” (Madeleine L’Engle, Walking on Water: Reflections on Faith and Art (North Point Press, 1995) p.137). [Read more…]

Theology around the Blogosphere

As RJS (at Scot McKnight’s Jesus Creed blog) continues his discussion of Francis Collins’ The Language of God, he brings up what is the crux of the matter for many Christians: the relationship of “Adam and Eve” to the theological appropriation of those stories in the New Testament. I had a chance over the past [Read More…]

All The Riches Of West Africa

I can’t imagine how anyone can fall for these phishing scams, but pretty much every day there are people who find their way to my blog through keyword searches related to them. On the one hand, I’m glad that they are at least looking for further information. On the other hand, one shouldn’t need to [Read More…]

Extra Biblical Writings

I just came across a site that offers a number of Mandaean, Manicaean, other Iranian, Early Church and Jewish Pseudepigraphal texts in English translation. I’ve also added a link to my sidebar. Here’s the address: Last week was our Spring Break, and I still can’t believe that I managed to finish off most of [Read More…]

Quote of the Day (Birger Pearson)

“Sethian or Classic Gnosticism developed as a result of the efforts of educated Jews interested in making sense of their traditions. They did this, not by rejecting their traditions wholesale, but by applying to them a new hermeneutic, whereby their ancestral traditions were given a radically new meaning. The result was, in effect, the creation [Read More…]