Archives for October 2008

Around the Blogosphere

Stephen Mathesen discusses how evolution can inspire faith. Chet Raymo asks what the heavens proclaim. The contrast between the two is striking. Jesus Creed discusses original sin and Adam. There’s a video on YouTube about “stupid design” (HT Daniel Florien). Paleojudaica highlights an article about Jewish mysticism. SF Gospel argues that Heroes is misnamed. Ken [Read More…]

Religiously-Inflected Science Fiction

Sojourners magazine has two pieces highlighting works of science fiction that explore religious themes: “This World and the Next” and “Spiritually-Inflected Science Fiction“. In addition, Paul Levinson has his latest post up about Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles. I love the way the show is exploring the parallels between programming an artificial intelligence and raising [Read More…]

Keith Ward, Big Questions in Science and Religion 7: Is Science the Only Sure Path to Truth?

This chapter is subtitled “Can religious experience count as evidence?” and provides an interesting intersection between Ward’s book and my own recent one, The Burial of Jesus. Ward begins his chapter by writing “In most religions, there is an important place for experience. In fact, if there were no distinctively religious experiences, it is doubtful [Read More…]

More Scammers Spamming

It has been a while since I’ve posted about scam e-mails, but a couple have made it past my spam filter in recent days, and so I thought it might be worth warning the gullible out there. If you receive either of these, please don’t be stupid enough to think that some random individual has [Read More…]

LOST Season 5 Trailer

Here’s the first trailer previewing season 5 of LOST: HT IO9 [Read more…]

Around the Blogosphere (Israelite Origins, Egypt, and the Brain)

There are two articles in Biblical Archaeology Review about Israelite origins by Anson Rainey: “Inside, Outside: Where Did the Early Israelites Come From?” and “Shasu or Habiru: Who Were the Early Israelites?” Since the Israelites, according to the Bible, are supposed to have spent time in Egypt, it is appropriate to be able to point [Read More…]

Unseen Footprints

The Burial of Jesus (and a recent review of it) have been mentioned on Lingamish. Just for clarification, the post there says: “his body later dumped in a common grave” – I think that something like this is what happened. “where the disciples then retrieved it and gave it a proper burial” – I am [Read More…]

Resurrection and the Gothic Theologian

I joined briefly in a discussion on Theology Web, and one of the other participants has reposted some things I wrote and his reply on his own blog, The Gothic Theologian. Those interested in talking about 1 Corinthians 15, the resurrection, and related subjects, but who may (like me) not be “orthodox” enough for the [Read More…]

Happy Birthday Universe!

According to the time scale calculated by Bishop Ussher based on the genealogies in the Bible, the earth was created 6011 years ago tomorrow. Here’s why I think trying to calculate anything to do with history or science based on Biblical genealogies is a bad idea. And here’s a link to a review by Peter [Read More…]

The Two Witnesses

I’ve decided to share an e-mail I received recently, for the interest/entertainment of readers: Dear Prof. McGrath, I am writng to you because from what I have read about you on the Internet you are interested in biblical prophecy in terms of research and verification. I have identified the two witnesses that are mentioned in [Read More…]