Archives for December 2008

Like Father, Like Son?

When I was 8 years old, there was no such thing as the internet, at least in anything like the form in which it exists today. It was a few years later that movies like War Games began to feature smart kids with computers dialing in directly to connect to other computers. Those of us [Read More…]

The Letter Kills

I was reminded of Paul’s words about the letter killing but the Spirit giving life when I read a quote from Plato’s Phaedrus today. In it Socrates says: You know, Phaedrus, that’s the strange thing about writing, which makes it truly analogous to painting. The painter’s products stand before us as though they were alive, [Read More…]

Mandaean Research

A student of mine, Keith Lohse, has taken it upon himself, as part of an independent study on the Mandaeans, to blog about the resources currently available on the topic, offering both a convenient collection and some review of the materials. All this will be appearing in the near future at the blog Mandaean Research. [Read More…]

Mamma Mia

I just watched the movie Mamma Mia, and would basically say many of the same things about it as I did about the most recent Indiana Jones movie. So I’ll just point out the differences. Mamma Mia had soundtrack by Abba rather than John Williams, Greeks instead of Russians, and Remington Steele instead of Han [Read More…]

Scary Solstice

By accident (I was looking for Christmas music) I came across scary solstice music. Here’s a sample: I’m sharing this mainly because it is so odd that it is interesting, and I suspect it will appeal to at least some readers of this blog (that tiny contingent that recognizes Cthulhu when they see him). Why [Read More…]

The Fidelity of Christ

I was tempted to give this post a title something like “Nevertheless Even So Yet Again At Least Once More Pistis Christou”. But then I thought I might need that title for this post’s sequel. Since there are many readers of this blog whose background is not in Biblical studies, I should say by way [Read More…]

The Religious Case Against Belief

I just finished reading James P. Carse’s book The Religious Case Against Belief (New York: Penguin, 2008). Although there are occasional factual and other details one might quibble over, the major thesis of the book remains intriguing and provocative. In essence, the central thesis of the book is that there is a distinction that can [Read More…]

The Only True Flyer

I received a copy of the flyer for The Only True God in Adobe Acrobat format today. Feel free to pass on a copy to the acquisitions person at your university library. The book should be out in just a few months now… [Read more…]

Indiana Jones and the Interdimensional Archaeologists

I just finished watching Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. On the one hand, the idea of extraterrestrials or interdimensional beings (or angels or deities, for that matter) having come to earth and brought the key elements of civilization and technology with them (whether making fire, irrigation, or velcro) faces a problem [Read More…]

Digital Commons, Selected Works

Butler University is working on adding Digital Commons (i.e. a central site for access to the research and publications of those at Butler) to its web presence. I’ve begun setting up a Selected Works page for myself. Have others used this type of web resource before? Have you found it useful? Any suggestions or feedback [Read More…]