LOST and Egyptology

LOST is of particular interest to Egyptologists, whose services have been called upon once again to explain some of the show’s mythology, hieroglyphics, and symbolism. DocArtz points out an article in Popular Mechanics which in turn enlists the help of Dr. James Allen, Wilbour Professor of Egyptology and Chair of Egyptology and Ancient Western Asian [Read More…]

War, Peace, and Texts

Commenter Scott Gray left a detailed comment on a recent post, which I thought deserved to be highlighted in a post of its own. The original post asked whether it is appropriate to “do violence to” violent texts. Scott explored some of the different types of “peace” and “warfare” that one might engage in with [Read More…]

Jesus Is My Episco-pal

The title of this post comes from tonight’s episode of FlashForward, which has begun to delve further into the religious questions that people would inevitably ask after a major crisis – even one that didn’t involve unexplained visions of the future. The Episcopal priest in the episode fits a familiar stereotype (think Ned Flanders’ attempt [Read More…]


I’m now in a training session to learn to use Umbraco, a content-management system we’ll be using at Butler for web pages. As my department’s webmaster, I am responsible for managing our web content. It sounds like a relatively easy-to-use yet powerful way of maintaining web content, and since I’m sitting here waiting for them [Read More…]

Mark, James and Q

Mark Goodacre has posted a response to my recent post about his book The Case Against Q. While there are some things that we don’t see eye to eye on (and that may change in the future, of course), there are certain key methodological concerns that we do agree on, and this combination of agreement [Read More…]

A Conservative View On The Conservative Bible Project

I came across this and thought I’d share it. Even those who consider themselves conservative find the Conservative Bible Project problematic in more ways than one. Here’s what the blog “Beside The Point” had to say, which includes some humorous suggestions on how the Bible might be made more conservative – and more American: Okay, [Read More…]

Upcoming Conference at Notre Dame: Darwin In The 21st Century

I was just reminded about a conference that I think I had heard about at some point but which dropped off my radar. The University of Notre Dame (under the auspices of their Reilly Center for Science, Technology and Values and their Center for Continuing Education) will be holding a conference at the very beginning [Read More…]

Beyond Literary Dependence and Independence

I just finished reading Mark Goodacre’s book The Case Against Q: Studies in Markan Priority and Synoptic Problem. I now see why he has sometimes found it so frustrating talking to people like me who take Q for granted and repeat common claims that he’s sought to investigate in his book, and often found to [Read More…]

Quote of the Day (John Wilkins)

“I believe that there is no such thing as a monotheism. No religion in existence lacks any nondivine or demonic entities other than the central or highest deity. If the saints and angels and demons of modern Catholicism or any other flavour of Christianity were represented in Greek mythology, we’d call them gods…The reason why [Read More…]

100 Best Professors Who Blog

Online College Tips has posted a list of the 100 best blogs by professors, ranging a wide range of topics and disciplines. HT one of the best. [Read more…]