Via TheoFantastique, I learned of a call for papers for a conference on Harry Potter. Here are the details: The Harry Potter series has become a publishing phenomenon that has captured the imagination of children and adults all over the world. The stories created by J.K. Rowling have inspired extensive multidisciplinary academic discussion, ranging from [Read More…]
Archives for June 5, 2011
I suspect that many fans would say that this episode represents a moment when the series, rather than its main character, rose so high and fell so far. Loren Rosson and Gabriel McKee both have reviews (with spoilers) and there will be spoilers in what follows. And believe me, if you haven’t seen it yet [Read More…]
Via Mark Goodacre, who suggested the resemblance to Jesus mythicism (and warned of the expletive): [Read more…]
Palin Revere Rides Again: Is Christianity About Learning the Truth or Making What You Already Believe “The Truth”?
In the hullabaloo about Sarah Palin’s lack of familiarity with Paul Revere, some of the attention seems to me to focus on what is a less important point. Everyone flubs historical details at some point, even major ones. The bigger issue is one that I highlighted in another post recently, and which Scott Bailey also [Read More…]
There is an interesting irony in the fact that a tradition that apparently once practiced child sacrifice has evolved into one in which (in certain segments, at least) is adamant in protecting the rights even of the not-yet-born. The teachings on the unborn found within the Bible are somewhat ambiguous. Exodus 21:22-25 appears to make [Read More…]