Archives for September 2009

Biblical Studies Carnival XLVI and Biblioblog Top 50

Within a short period the two mainstays of biblioblogdom have appeared. Most importantly, the latest Biblical Studies Carnival is up at the blog Hebrew and Greek Reader. What’s more, the meaningless but still fun Biblioblog Top 50 for September is up. Lots of new blogs on the list, so it’s definitely worth a close inspection. [Read more…]

Is Religion in Science Fiction Something New? Hardly!

Charlie Jane Anders at IO9 suggests that there is a new emphasis on religion in science fiction, according to the post that recently appeared there, with the delightful title “God Is Our Space Pilot: Does Every SF Show Need Jesus Now?“ If science fiction starts with 1 Enoch and his heavenly journeys, then it had [Read More…]

Young Earth Creationist Quote of the Day (Todd Wood)

I already had a “quote of the day”, but John M. Lynch pointed out this striking honest quote from young-earth creationist Todd Wood, and I had to share it: Evolution is not a theory in crisis. It is not teetering on the verge of collapse. It has not failed as a scientific explanation. There is [Read More…]

Evolutionary Minutes

The National Center for Science Education has made a large number of new videos available on YouTube, most approximately one minute long. They include, among others, Lawrence Lerner addressing the relationship of religion and science. Those who teach on religion and science, as well as science educators more generally, may find them particularly useful. [Read more…]

Quote of the Day (Sherry Peyton)

“My faith is strong, but my beliefs are fluid.” — Sherry Peyton, “Staying in the Comfort Zone” at the blog A Feather Adrift [Read more…]

Blasphemous Bathroom Break of Ba’al

Today has been designated “Blasphemy Day”, as many if not indeed all readers will be aware. The last time I addressed the issue of blasphemy, I pointed to Judges 6:25-32. The passage suggests that a true God can defend himself and needs no human defenders: “If Baal really is a god, he can defend himself [Read More…]

Conservapedia General Disclaimer

These things may only be there for legal reasons, but they are still worth highlighting. The “General Disclaimer” page on Conservapedia includes the following: Nothing here has necessarily been reviewed or checked by anyone with expertise to ensure that it is accurate or reliable. USERS RELY ON INFORMATION HERE ENTIRELY AT THEIR OWN RISK… Nothing [Read More…]

Taking Darwin On Faith?

I missed a piece in the Indianapolis Star a couple of days ago, until a friend pointed it out to me today. Russ Pulliam’s article, “Taking Darwin On Faith”, manages to muddle and confuse at least two issues. He quotes Richard Holdeman, who emphasizes that there is a problem in treating certain theological extrapolations from [Read More…]

Translating vs. Rewriting the Bible: The Conservative Bible Project

Don’t get me wrong: “rewriting” the Bible has a long and illustrious heritage. Chronicles retelling the story in the Former Prophets (or Deuteronomistic History, if you prefer). One Gospel retelling the story found in another. Midrashes and commentaries and Diatessarons and Targums and all sorts of other things. The only thing that bothers me is [Read More…]

Teaching the Bible with the help of Science Fiction

As someone who is interested in the various ways that religion and sci-fi can intersect, I was particularly delighted to read Steve Cook’s piece that recently appeared on the Society of Biblical Literature web site. It is about the use of Planet of the Apes to teach students about archaeology and the Bible. There’s also [Read More…]