Good Morning Santa!

That is, more or less, the name of this Romanian Christmas Carol: [Read more…]

Christmas In The Stars

For those who like to combine Christmas, science fiction and nostalgia, how many of you remember the Star Wars Christmas album Christmas in the Stars? It featured that Christmas classic “What Do You Buy A Wookie For Christmas (When He Already Owns A Comb)?” What I didn’t know until tonight is that that album was [Read More…]

Christmas Sci-Fi Style (Or Not, As You Prefer)

First, we have a clip from a Klingon version of A Christmas Carol: HT IO9 Then, there’s Merry Christmas, Merry Christmas by John Williams, famous for his sci-fi scores: Then there is this great image of a flying collision from TheoFantastique: If you came here looking for something related to the New Testament, I won’t [Read More…]

Gotta Whole Lotta Links

Peje Iesous shared a link to a huge collection of recorded lectures by scholars to be found at Text, Community and Mission. Jim West noted that the latest SBL Forum has been posted – it is great to see The Planet of the Apes featured again (if you want to know why, you’ll just have to go [Read More…]

Christmas Letter

I’m working on my family’s annual Christmas letter. I’m sure this song I saw on the Jay Leno Show sums up well the sentiment of all who receive it: [Read more…]

Diglotting and Debunking Jesus Mythicism

Two posts have appeared recently in the biblioblogosphere relating to the viewpoint that Jesus was originally a mythical figure who was later historicized. First, John Loftus offers thoughts on Earl Doherty’s views. Then, even more recently, Diglotting offered a recap of Robert Price’s chapter on the subject in a recent book, as well as James [Read More…]

Via E-Mail

The Center for Progressive Christianity sends regular e-mails, and today’s had so many interesting articles that I thought I’d share the links. First, there’s Jim Burklo’s “O Little Town” which fits the music but reflects the modern situation in Bethlehem far more than the original carol. (And as for Nazareth, presumably you’ve already heard from [Read More…]

Not The Answering Machine Message from Maroochydore High School in Queensland, Australia

Once again an e-mail is circulating, this time one claiming to provide a recording of an actual answering machine message from Maroochydore High School in Queensland, Australia. It isn’t (as one can learn on Snopes, it is a rehash of an e-mail/video that circulated once before some years ago). So by all means enjoy the [Read More…]

Grades Are In!

I’ve submitted my final grades. I just need to post the separate grades for finals/essays, so that students can figure out why they got what they did, and then all the loose ends will be effectively wrapped up for the semester. For others who, like me, may be feeling a bit worn out after the [Read More…]

Religion Doesn’t Poison EVERYTHING

I left the following comment at Why Evolution Is True (, and thought I'd share it to hopefully stimulate discussion here as well: Let's consider an example of what is purely a belief, not a belief about what is or isn't factual. Some of us believe that human lives have intrinsic worth; some people do [Read More…]