Archives for July 31, 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…]