Archives for October 2011

Review of Jesus, Gnosis and Dogma

My review of the book Jesus, Gnosis and Dogma by Riemer Roukema has been posted on the Review of Biblical Literature web site. [Read more…]

TV News Coverage of the Israel-Egypt Conflict (c. 1300 BCE)

HT Hemant Mehta [Read more…]

Cats as Critics of Human Religion

Jerry Coyne loves cats, and he posted two images with cats, in different contexts, that can both be used to make interesting points. The first one he actually solicited captions for… The two that came to mind were: An Egyptian deity ponders the proclivity of humans to make their gods in their image. and “Humans [Read More…]

Can Creationism Be Disproven?

The ideal in science is to come up with testable hypotheses that can be confirmed or proved wrong by evidence, at least in principle. It seems to me that the various forms of pseudoscientific creationisms (young-earth creationism and intelligent design) are inherently unfalsifiable. No evidence is allowed to count against them. If one sees evidence [Read More…]

Occupy the Refrigerator (I am the 2%)

Via Brian LePort on Facebook (I liked this one more than some others along the same lines) [Read more…]

Doctor Who: Marco Polo

There is a nice audiobook of this lost episode, which combines the original soundtrack with narration, to good effect. This is the first episode to feature the Doctor and his companions traveling to a period in history that intersects them with famous people and events. It is also one of the few episodes from which [Read More…]

The End of Harold Camping’s Rap Tour?

Harold Camping’s rap tour, which began in May, is scheduled to draw to a close today. Then again, this wouldn’t be the first time that he postponed the end… (The above image is one I originally posted back in May) [Read more…]

In Case of Rapture

HT Michael Acidri [Read more…]

Occupy Mordor, Occupy Arrakis

Via Joel Watts, Skye Jethani and Pat McCullough on Facebook [Read more…]

Hume, Giraffes, and the Argument for Incompetent Design

One of the classic philosophical texts that we discuss in my freshman class “Faith, Doubt and Reason” is David Hume’s Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion. It is noteworthy how, despite changes and progress in the realm of the natural sciences, the same sorts of arguments – such as the teleological or design argument – continue to [Read More…]


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