Archives for January 2009

A prayer of repentance to be said after succumbing to the urge to forward a goofy email

David Ker has composed this lovely prayer of repentance to be said after succumbing to the urge to forward a goofy email: God, I hang my head in shame.My idiotic emails have tarnished your name. Instead of spreading lucidity.I have been a proclaimer of stupidity. Words of praise to you should be my song.Not forwarded [Read More…]

Quote of the Day (John Walton)

“We should not expect the Bible to answer the questions that arise from our own time and culture. Genesis was written to Israelites and addressed human origins in light of the questions they would have had. We should not try to make modern science out of the information that we are given, but should try [Read More…]

Die Tote Stadt

A blog I just found out about, Entartete Musik, is blogging Korngold’s opera Die Tote Stadt. [Read more…]

Around the Blogosphere in a Time Loop

April DeConick has concluded that the Jesus reconstructed by Norman Perrin and by the Jesus Seminar are “bankrupt”. She helpfully clarifies that this doesn’t lead her to a “mythicist” position, because “parallels between Jesus’ myth and other ancient myths tell us nothing about whether or not he lived as a real person. It only tells [Read More…]

LOST: The Polar Bear Explained

Contrary to what I’ve still sometimes seen on web pages and blogs, we now pretty much have all the pieces of the puzzle to make sense of the presence of polar bears on the island. (1) Charlotte visited a site in Tunisia where a skeleton of a polar bear, wearing a Dharma Initiative logo on [Read More…]

Goodbye Rabbit Ears?

I was surprised to read in today’s New York Times, in an article about the move to digital TV, a reference to “a public-service campaign that after Feb. 17 the rooftop antenna connected to [one’s] television would no longer function properly”. This is not in fact correct. When I purchased my current HDTV, I bought [Read More…]

Why LOST may be the best Soap Opera since the invention of the Wireless

I watched LOST tonight with a bit of a delay, as my TV is on the fritz. Fortunately I was able to record it and then watch it on the computer screen. If you haven’t watched the episode yet, this post contains spoilers. The episode “Jughead” has so much that makes LOST great in it, [Read More…]

Quote of the Day (Mordecai Kaplan)

“Just as science entered upon a new stage in its development when it replaced the deductive method with the inductive, so can religion parallel the progress of science by subjecting its own assumptions and processes to analysis.” — Mordecai M. Kaplan, Judaism as a Civilization (New York: Macmillan, 1935) p. 309. [Read more…]

What Do You Say That I Did?

In my Sunday school class this past Sunday, we moved on from discussing who Jesus was to discussing what he did, and how it relates to the Christian experience usually placed under the heading of “salvation”. I began with the story of a child who, in church on Good Friday, asked her parents why anyone [Read More…]

Latin Language LOST

Since there are at least as many readers of this blog interested in antiquity as in LOST, I had to share the following clip that has been made available from the upcoming LOST episode “Jughead”. It features Others speaking Latin! HT IO9 There’s also a nice post from someone who doesn’t resent being tricked into [Read More…]