The Bible Tells (Steve Wiggins) So

Steve Wiggins has written a delightful post full of wonderful metaphors related to the way some people use the Bible. Here’s my favorite part: So here’s our dilemma: we live in a society enamored of a book it doesn’t understand. Bible verses are used like Band-aids, pasted over every perceived rupture of continuity, but never [Read More…]

Most Embarrassing Book Meme

Mark Stevens has started a meme around the blogosphere, asking what the most embarrassing book is that we have on our shelves. Jim West, Tom Verenna, and George of the blog σφοδρα have already joined in. This is a hard question for me to answer. I have young-earth creationist books on my shelf, which are obvious candidates. [Read More…]

Asking the Right Questions

It has often been said that asking the right questions is just as important as, if not more important than, finding answers to the questions we ask. This is perhaps nowhere more true than of the questions asked on final exams. This semester in my course on the Bible I’ve been trying to approach things differently [Read More…]

Clayboy on God, Extraterrestrials and Christmas

Doug Chaplin asks whether God loves ET, and shares a classic alien-oriented Christmas carol. [Read more…]

Young-Earth Creationists and Pun-Makers Stooping to All-Time Low?

P. Z. Myers looks at how the Louisiana Family Forum is reacting to its defeat as Louisiana’s Board of Elementary and Secondary Education voted to use high quality biology textbooks with reliable information. The Louisiana Family Forum site describes this in a manner that is thoroughly deceptive and misleading, asking in a poll on their [Read More…]

Ark Encounter Watch

The Panda’s Thumb announced a new site dedicated to following the news about the planned Noah’s ark theme park – or perhaps we could just call it the theme pARK. The site intriguingly suggests that the young-earth creationists at Answers in Genesis put their money where their mouth is and build a full scale ark [Read More…]

Digitization of Manuscripts Continues at the British Library

The British Library’s project to digitize its manuscripts from the Medieval period and before is continuing. This will eventually include descriptions of its illuminated Hebrew manuscripts. [Read more…]


There are no words strong enough to express how DETESTABLE and REPREHENSIBLE this recent post at IO9 is. I’ll leave you to read it and then come back here to talk about it, if you’re so inclined. I suspect you’ll want to. [Read more…]

5,000 Years of Cosmology in Pictures

IO9 shares pictorial representations of the cosmos, from ancient times until the present. The source is Ptak Science Books, which calls this series a “Visual Chronology of Cosmologies.” It draws on the book The Earliest Cosmologies by William F. Warren, which is available on Google Books: [Read more…]

SBL New Rules

Chris Brady shares the new rules from the Society of Biblical Literature relating to calls for papers, multiple appearances on the program, and student papers. [Read more…]