Archives for July 2008

Glimpses of the Drower Collection

For those interested in Mandaean studies, the Drower Collection in the Bodleian Library in Oxford is the only collection of Mandaic manuscripts of its kind in a Western library. Although poking around the library’s web page doesn’t provide much information about the collection, one can see glimpses of the manuscripts in photos taken as part [Read More…]

The Latest Dharma Initiative Video

The latest Dharma Intitiative video was shown at ComicCon, and there are several bootleg recordings of it on YouTube. I’m currently on a computer without speakers, and so I’m grateful that BuddyTV has a rundown on the contents of the video. Apparently it makes even clearer that we have a “time war” going on (as [Read More…]

Quote of the Day (Stephen J. Nichols)

“Contemporary Christian Music…represents for many contemporary evangelicals the sum of their theological training and discipleship” (Stephen J. Nichols, Jesus Made in America: A Cultural History from the Puritans to the Passion of the Christ (Downers Grove: IVP, 2008) p.16). [Read more…]

The Lure of Sithendom

In my last post I did not intend to suggest that one can make a facile equation between religious fundamentalists and the Sith. In fact, I think that the “religious Right” of our time has much in common with the Sith at their most sinister, and the Jedi at their most hypocritical. In comparison with [Read More…]

The Dark Side of Christianity

I just watched Return of the Jedi again. It always gets me thinking. It seems to me that Christianity has a dark side, just like the Force. Like the Force, it is powerful, but its power takes on different characters depending on those who seek to use and experience it for good or evil ends. [Read More…]

Around the Blogosphere

Ken Brown has been invited to join the Dharma Initiative. If you talk to Ken, tell him I’ve heard that a man named Sayyid Jarrah is looking for him. But seriously, do check out the Dharma Wants You site. If nothing else, it is one more thing to do to pass the time until LOST [Read More…]

A Great Question That Brought Someone Here

There have been and continue to be lots of great, insightful, amusing, and even bizarre keyword searches that bring people here. But this one is worth noting and reflecting on. Someone typed into a search engine: why didn’t god tell us exactly who the antichrist is? That is a marvellous question, one that has the [Read More…]

Happy Birthday, NASA!

Actually, I suppose today is more the day to celebrate NASA’s conception rather than its birth. But still, it is an important thing that occurred 50 years ago today. On this day in 1958, president Dwight D. Eisenhower signed the creation of the National Aeronautic and Space Administration into law. It is hard to imagine [Read More…]

Bucket List of the Evangelical Nation

The movie The Bucket List is a moving tale about two people who meet in the hospital, both having been diagnosed shortly before with terminal cancer, and given 6 months to maybe a year to live. I happened to watch the movie at just about the same time as I read and finished Christine Wicker’s [Read More…]

Obama Has Come, Just as the Prophets Foretold

I thought I had finished with the subject of Barack Obama, who for some is a Messianic figure, while for others he is the antichrist. Apparently not. The Times Online in the UK has a wonderful humorous telling of the ‘Obama Gospel’ in Biblical fashion, entitled “He ventured forth to bring light to the world“. [Read More…]