Archives for March 2009

Review of Bart Ehrman, Jesus, Interrupted

In his latest book, Jesus, Interrupted: Revealing the Hidden Contradictions in the Bible (And Why We Don’t Know About Them), Bart Ehrman seeks to introduce a wider audience to important aspects of the New Testament. The contradictions, tensions and diversity of viewpoints in the Bible which Ehrman highlights, and the historical-critical approach he outlines, are [Read More…]

LOST: Get a Glimpse of Jacob

The latest LOST news introduces the actor who will be playing Jacob, the mysterious figure behind the Others and one of the biggest unanswered questions. Will he turn out to be one of the immortal original inhabitants of the island? A time traveller? If the latter, is he from the past, or the future? Is [Read More…]

Homosexuality and Romans 1-3

Today in my Sunday school class I emphasized that those who use the material in Romans 1 about homosexuality as a weapon with which to condemn and “clobber” others have clearly made the error of stopping reading at the end of chapter 1 – which, like all the chapter and verse divisions in the New [Read More…]

LOST in a Wrinkle in Time

EW has a short but interesting article suggesting a possible insight into LOST that those who know books by Madeleine L’Engle (in particular A Swiftly Tilting Planet, from her “Time Quintet” series that also includes A Wrinkle In Time). Even if they are wrong, it is a line of thinking about the show that is [Read More…]

Ken Ham Hypocrisy Redux

This is essentially a follow-up to my earlier post on this subject. Michael Zimmerman has responded to Ken Ham’s denial of his own hypocrisy. I’ve decided to just reproduce what Michael has to say on the subject, since he was there! Dear Members and Friends of The Clergy Letter Project, Wow, Ken Ham, the head [Read More…]

Monsters vs. Aliens

I just got back from seeing Monsters vs. Aliens. Unfortunately it wasn’t in 3D at the theater I went to. I won’t give away any of the entertaining details, lest I spoil anyone’s enjoyment. But I will share a thought about the message of the movie: we are prone to view those who are too [Read More…]

Intelligent Design’s Fleet of Engineers

The Uncommon Descent blog has offered an interesting attempt at responding to an analogy of evolution. The analogy in question (like all analogies except those appreciated by cdesign proponentsists, apparently) compares the “evolution” of car designs to evolution in biology. At UD, Gil Dodgen replies that this in fact undermines the argument for evolution, since [Read More…]

Quote of the Day (Phil Plait)

“It’s dead obvious that creationism isn’t science, or even bad science. It’s nonsense. But I’ve long stated it’s also bad religion, because it doesn’t just take faith, it also takes a phenomenal disregard of reality.” — Phil Plait, Bad Astronomy blog Phil also recommends this video by a Christian who does a really good job [Read More…]

The Jesus Project

I was recently nominated and invited to become a fellow of The Jesus Project, and I’ve accepted. Most readers of this blog will know that I’ve actively participated in conversations and interactions with a number of other fellows on matters related to the historical figure of Jesus. So I figured I might as well make [Read More…]

Sin and Sci-Fi

Charlie Anders at IO9 has a post on the 7 Deadly Sins of Religion in Science Fiction. It is definitely worth reading, as it insightfully identified examples of “all too easy” plot options in this vein. Carmen Andres has a reflection on the most recent episode of Lost, “He’s Our You“, which seems to avoid [Read More…]