Archives for January 2012

In Lieu of Plagues and Floods

From Non Sequitur by Wiley Miller [Read more…]

Call for Papers: Religion and Doctor Who: Time, Space, and Faith

Doctor Who is a cultural phenomenon in both the UK and the United States, continuing to go from strength-to-strength as it approaches its 50th anniversary in 2013. Over the show’s long history on television—and in various spin-off TV shows, audio adventures, novels and comic books—religion and religious themes have consistently been a subject of interest. In [Read More…]

Israel and the Palestinians: Reading Recommendations Sought

I’m hoping to read three books with students who will be participating in the trip to Israel/Palestine in May 2012. The first I’ve already decided on, and it is A Hitchhiker’s Guide to Jesus: Reading the Gospels on the Ground by Bruce Fisk. I’m also using it as a textbook in my historical Jesus class. [Read More…]

The Most Unintentionally Ironic Creationist Quote of the Day – Perhaps of All Time?

Internet Monk has a post “Creation Police at Toys-R-Us” about an article on the Institute for Creation Research web site, complaining about a children’s game and its depiction of Noah’s ark. Here’s the priceless quote: The Noah’s Ark Game looks innocuous enough, with a picture of colorful animals crowding the roof and deck of a boat [Read More…]

“Emergency Access” to Wikipedia during the SOPA and PIPA Protests

New Scientist posted some ways to get access to Wikipedia today in spite of the blackout. On the one hand, I think they are worth drawing attention to, since some of these would definitely be useful for other sites in other situations where the main original site is not working for some reason. On the [Read More…]

Doctor Who: Warriors of the Deep

The episode “Warriors of the Deep” was the first from the final season of Doctor Who to feature Peter Davison as the Doctor. The show took a darker and somewhat more pessimistic turn with this episode, foreshadowing some of the direction in the most recent seasons. This episode marked a return of two related species [Read More…]

PIPA and SOPA Blackouts

Very shortly, Wikipedia and many other sites around the internet will be going dark for a day. When I mentioned this in class today, most students didn’t know about it. Since many people will be Googling PIPA and SOPA trying to figure out what is going on tomorrow, and Wikipedia ironically won’t be there to [Read More…]

Observing Evolution

Creationists regularly claim that evolution is unobservable. This claim is false. To give some examples, just in recent days there have been a few important instances of scientists being able to witness crucial evolutionary transitions as they happen. Here are links to relevant articles: In yeast, scientists have observed the transition from being a single-celled [Read More…]

Research in Religious Studies Conference Call for Papers

From Jim Linville: The Religious Studies Department, at the University of Lethbridge, will present the 10th Annual Research in Religious Studies Conference on May 5 – 6, 2012. The conference provides undergraduate and graduate level students with the opportunity to present papers on the history, belief, practices, cultural contexts, and artistic or literary expressions of [Read More…]

Bart Ehrman’s Did Jesus Exist? to be published in hardback

Thanks to Tim Henderson for pointing out that Bart Ehrman’s book Did Jesus Exist?: The Historical Argument for Jesus of Nazareth will be published in hardcover and not only in ebook form, as originally planned. [Read more…]


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