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 us that ancient people cast their memories of Jesus into mythological narratives and schema that were part of their culture and minds.”
Ben Witherington lets Martin and Barton interact on meaning and interpretation of the Bible, sharing before he’s done an experience of hitchhiking to the “four corners of the earth”..
Paul Levinson talks about the time-loop compass in LOST. IO9 has a fascinating post about whether Daniel Faraday named his rat after his mother, and whether he recognized her on the island in this past week’s episode. I’m starting to wonder whether Daniel Faraday is not only the son of Eloise Hawking, but also of Charles Widmore, and thus Penny’s brother. Penny looks a lot like the younger “Elly”, and perhaps it will be this revelation that will persuade Penny to accompany Desmond further on his journey, perhaps even to the island.
There are videos from a course at Stanford called Darwin’s Legacy, as well as other links to Darwin scholars at The Dispersal of Darwin. Gordon Glover is making video lectures by Dennis Venema available. John Pieret blogs the responses to Jerry Coyne’s recent piece on religion and science in Edge.