Archives for January 2012

Religion in Captain America: The First Avenger

I just watched Captain America: The First Avenger and found it interesting to see how they connected it with the themes of aliens visiting ancient Norway in Thor and the idea that super-advanced science/technology is indistinguishable not only from magic and superstition but religion. Red Skull is played effectively by Hugo Weaving (made famous by The [Read More…]

“My View: Inform yourself about creation theories”

The Indianapolis Star has posted an opinion piece I sent them about “creation science” on their web site. I understand it will also appear in tomorrow’s paper. It is in the “Letters to the Editor” section, and they gave it the title “My View: Inform yourself about creation theories.” Click through to read it. [Read more…]

The Sledding Crow

Modern science has provided heaps of evidence of ways in which humans and other animals are similar. Does this video offer yet another example? Do you think this crow was sledding just for fun? Or is there some other explanation for its actions, and if so, what might that explanation be? [Read more…]

iPad 2 Untethered Jailbreak available for Mac OSX users (version for PC Windows and Linux to follow soon)

The news is breaking that an untethered jailbreak is finally available for the iPad 2, using a tool called Absinthe. The Mac OSX version has been released, and ones for PC/Windows and Linux users are promised soon. The Greenp0ison website is not always keeping up with the strain from so much traffic, but when working [Read More…]

Alcatraz: J. J. Abrams Takes Us To Another Mysterious Island, Tries To Make Our Heads Explode

It took me a while to get around to watching the first two hours of the new TV show “Alcatraz.” There have been comments that it is trying to be the next LOST (which I think is true, even down to the music) and that Jorge Garcia’s character is trying to be too much like [Read More…]

Doctor Who: The Smugglers

For the penultimate episode of the William Hartnell era, “The Smugglers,” the show returns to a staple form that was common from early on: an episode in which science fiction is only the means by which the characters end up in Earth’s past, but is not central to the story otherwise. In this episode, the [Read More…]

Pete Enns on the Evolution of Adam

I’ll be participating in the upcoming blog tour about Pete Enns’ book The Evolution of Adam: What the Bible Does and Doesn’t Say about Human Origins. As a foretaste, here is the author saying a little about the book and why he wrote it. [Read more…]

The Genetic Evidence for Evolution

There is a useful video from BioLogos explaining the genetic evidence for evolution, including the evidence of humans and chimpanzees sharing a common ancestor, with humans having one fewer chromosome as a result of chromosome fusion. Unfortunately embedding is prohibited and so I’ve only been able to link to it. Please share it with people [Read More…]

Doctor Who: The Awakening

“The Awakening” is another relatively short episode (by the classic series’ standards, not by today’s, when most episodes are roughly an hour long). In it, the Doctor, Tegan and Turlough go to visit Tegan’s grandfather, and in the village discover that elaborate war games reenacting the time of the English Civil War are underway. The [Read More…]

Web Yeshiva

Today I learned about the site Web Yeshiva, which has links to a wide range of important classic Jewish texts -the Tanach, Mishnah, Talmudim, Midrashim, other commentaries, and more. I’ve added it to the “Useful Sites” page as well. [Read more…]