Creed

Below is a song I wrote a while back, but haven’t shared publicly until now. I wrote it after a discussion in my Sunday school class about creeds, in which I asked whether a list of beliefs ought to be what characterizes us, or something else. Here are the lyrics, which are also in the [Read More…]

Mandaean Roots of Christianity?

This book came to my attention recently via Facebook. There is also a promotional video which contains only text plus images that can be found on the internet. This self-published book is unlikely to offer anything useful to scholars interested in the Mandaeans. That doesn’t mean, however, that it is impossible there were connections between [Read More…]

Sense of Wonder – Now Available for Kindle!

A book to which I contributed the essay on religion in science fiction is now available for Kindle at less than half the list price of the enormous print volume. The book is Sense of Wonder: A Century of Science Fiction, and I am providing the publisher’s description and a list of contents below.   [Read More…]

Like Shooting Feet in a Barrel

I sometimes wonder whether the key promoters of young-earth creationism are atheists trying to make Christians look foolish, and the key promoters of Jesus-mythicism are Christians trying to make atheists look foolish. If not, then there are a lot of people happy to shoot themselves and their stance in the foot. Examples abound… [Read more…]

Doxacon

Thanks to Rod at Political Jesus for pointing out that there will be a conference in July about science fiction and fantasy, held under the auspices of the Orthodox Church in America. It is called Doxacon. There’s something very cool about a sci-fi and fantasy conference which features Vespers and other elements of divine liturgy! [Read More…]

No Question?

David Hayward’s cartoon today depicts a church where questions are not permitted. There is also a church where explanations are not permitted, which I blogged about previously. In that case, it is in fact a result of somewhat awkward and unfortunate English composed by someone that is not a native speaker. The meaning is that [Read More…]

Guest Speaker(s) Sought

I had a conversation today with a colleague connected with the campus ministry that extended the invitation to Answers in Genesis to speak at their lunchtime gathering this coming Thursday. He appreciated my concerns and criticisms, and would love to have an alternative perspective represented at a future meeting. And so I am writing this [Read More…]

Jim West’s Inconsistent Christianity

Jim West has posted some of his views on homosexuality from time to time, including posts which are so ridiculously illogical as to be bizarre. But when he says that someone who disagrees with him isn’t a Christian, he’s gone too far. The irony is that Jim embraces the work of historical minimalists with respect [Read More…]

AAR Traditions of East Late Antiquity Session

Here is the lineup for the Traditions of East Late Antiquity Exploratory Session that will take place at AAR in November: From Jerusalem to the Karûn: What can Mandaean Geographies Tell Us? Charles Häberl, Rutgers University “On the Creation of Adam”: A Greek/Syriac “Kephalaion” from Titus of Bostra’s Contra Manichaeos Timothy Pettipiece, University of Ottawa [Read More…]

Doctor Who: Akhaten vs. Aztecs

If one compares the most recent Doctor Who episode “The Rings of Akhaten” with the episode “The Aztecs” from the very first season, an interesting change in the Doctor's outlook about religion and human sacrifice emerges. In “The Aztecs” the Doctor is emphatically opposed to Barbara's interference in an attempt to change history. It may [Read More…]