Hello, Patheos!

The generic first blog post is titled “Hello, World!” Since my blog Exploring Our Matrix has been around for years, and is simply moving to a new home at Patheos, I thought I would start with a post introducing the blog and its author to readers who may discover it here for the first time.

I’m James F. McGrath, and I teach religion at Butler University in Indianapolis, Indiana in the United States.

I blog about some of my research and teaching interests (such as the historical figure of Jesus, the intersection of religion and science, evolution, young-earth creationism and Intelligent Design, and religion and science fiction) as well as side interests and things I find amusing.

The folks at Patheos are working on moving the archives of my blog here, but if you’ve just found this blog for the first time and are wondering whether you are likely to find it worth returning to, feel free to pay a visit to Exploring Our Matrix on Blogger and take a look at what’s there. Only the location of my blog is changing – my interests and sense of humor, for better or worse, remain the same, and so what you find over there is what you can expect here in days to come.

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  • Lord Zolton

    Interesting. Looks like a wordpress blog to me…

    • http://www.patheos.com/community/members/jamesfmcgrath/ James F. McGrath

      Yes “Lord Zolton”, Patheos does indeed use WordPress. Congratulations on being the first commenter here!

      Welcome, everyone, and thanks for getting things rolling here! I really do appreciate it!

  • http://www.nearemmaus.com Brian LePort

    Finally, you’re free from Blogger!

  • http://blog.echurchwebsites.org.uk/ Stuart

    Hello Dr McGrath.

    Patheos is in for a treat….

  • http://historical-jesus.info/ Bernard Muller

    Oops, I am the fourth one!

  • http://donttakemyword.blogspot.com/ Scott F

    New bottle but same, smooth taste!

  • http://triangulations.wordpress.com Sabio Lantz

    Why are you changing sites? What does Patheos offer you?

  • http://triangulations.wordpress.com Sabio Lantz

    Also, I don’t see a way to follow comments here. Am I missing something?

  • http://profiles.google.com/sabiolantz Sabio Lantz

    You forgot to add that you also battle the infamous mythicists!

  • http://twitter.com/jdonliturgy Joyce Donahue

    I have to say sequel is a good way to look at it. Yes, knowing the spoilers, you can indeed go back and read the OT as if it only exists to shed light on the NT, but that is not really the best way to read it. “Episode One” stands on its own and has its own intrinsic merit, but we understand things differently now that we know the sequel. 

    I’d say maybe not Star Wars, because finding out who Luke’s/Jesus’ father is is not the point. We know that from the beginning of the NT. That being said, if the OT, as the story of Luke’s father, is a bit like the prequel episodes…  hmmm.

    Maybe it is a bit like LOST, because knowing the “punch-line”, you look at everything that led up to it differently (just as in the Bible, knowing that God came to earth in the form of his Son and knowing about his death to save us from sin and his resurrection makes the whole Genesis story read differently.  

    It really could be that the OT is similar to Classic Doctor Who –  the NT to the current series, because those of us who know where all the little strange details originated in the earlier history of the Doctor’s life put the picture together in a larger context than do people who have only seen the new series.


  • beallen0417

    Wow it’s great to see you finally admitting the NT is fictional!

  • http://www.patheos.com/blogs/religionprof/ James F. McGrath

    I wish I could figure out whether @beallen0417:disqus really believes what he writes in such instances, or is simply trying to be irritating, or wishes to helpfully remind other readers why I had to give up trying to have intelligent conversations with him.

  • Anomynous609

    George Lucas had all the forethought to think up a backstory like that but he forgot to have a main character (or a plot) when he got the chance to shoot them.

  • Pseudonym

    I vote for sequel. But, of course, with plenty of retcon.

  • Paul D.

    “Expanded Universe”

  • Gary

    I vote for only the Cliffs Notes version of the OT. Too much detail leaves too many unanswerable questions about OT and NT incompatibility. One case were less information is better.