Friendly Atheist’s Soul Bought By Friendly Christian On eBay

I just finished reading the book I Sold My Soul on eBay: Viewing Faith through an Atheist’s Eyes. It is about an atheist who said he would attend church as specified by the highest bidder on eBay. He provides insights on what goes on in churches from the perspective of an atheist raised in a Jain family, and thus with no Christian background to make many Christians’ various strange customs seem more familiar. This is definitely recommended reading for both… Read more

Down With Secular Mathematics!

On my old blog I made a tongue-in-cheek reference to the need for a special “Biblical mathematics” if one wishes to attempt (even though it is futile) to be a “Biblical literalist” – defining pi as 3, allowing 13 to equal 14, and so on. Apparently I am not the only person to have this sort of idea – there is a nice parody of “creation science” in the mathematical realm in the Bollingbrook Babbler. Read more

The Three Laws of Robotics

I’m actually writing something on religion and science fiction, and found myself pondering Asimov’s famous Three Laws of Robotics. On the one hand, such laws seem like a necessity. On the other hand, if we manage to create sentient, self-aware artificial persons, then would they not have rights? Could we in essence impose our will on them in this way, or would their right to the same freedoms other persons have lead to the Three Laws being overturned by some… Read more

Saving Mother Earth From Her Worshippers

The idea of the earth as mother is not as alien to the Bible as one might have heard. It is quite clearly present in Job 1:21, when Job says “naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked I will return there.” It is also in the background when God, in Genesis 1:11 and 1:24, is said not to create living things directly, but by commanding the earth to bring them forth out of its creative potency.Yet having pointed… Read more

Waiting to get LOST

I’m glad I had the last season of Doctor Who to tide me over this summer – and I’m now taking a look at season 3 of The 4400 on DVD. But I am still eagerly awaiting the return of LOST, and am happy to have found some tidbits of information about new characters and a new Dharma video. The video, which can be seen on ABC’s official LOST page, is fascinating and includes some interspersed frames that will require… Read more

More Blogs Discuss The New Doctor Who

It seems there is a veritable surge of Doctor Who fandom overtaking Biblical scholars across the globe. Mark Goodacre (on a new personal blog) and Loren Rosson both have new entries on the subject. The recent seasons are not simply the continuation of a classic series for the sake of fans – it is great television, pure and simple! Read more

Why Orthodox Christians Cannot Be Young-Earth Creationists

I just happened across a verse in reading a book today – 2 Esdras 6:42. It says:Upon the third day thou didst command that the waters should be gathered in theseventh part of the earth: six parts hast thou dried up, and kept them, to theintent that of these some being planted of God and tilled might serve thee. Could anyone who regards this verse as sacred Scripture be misled into thinking that the Bible is a science textbook? Read more

Blogging the Bible: Call for Contributors

This brief post is to share an interesting book project on blogging as it relates to academia and Biblical studies. Whether you are a potential contributor or just a reader of this blog, the project will presumably interest you! Read more

Did Jesus Exist?

Anyone who has ever visited an atheist discussion forum will know that there are plenty of atheists and “freethinkers” who take it as a given that Jesus didn’t really exist, that he is a composite figure created from a patchwork of earlier mythology, and so on. If you ask a professional historian whether Jesus existed, however, you will never receive an answer other than “yes”.Given that history is all about probabilities, how can historians be so certain? The answer lies… Read more

If Possible Deceiving Even The Elect

One of the biggest challenges students seem to face is identifying reputable sources of information. This is particularly true when they are using their favorite resource, the internet, but the problem does not disappear in those few instances when some few bright sparks among them actually enter a library. One suggestion I make (apart from choosing books published in the past half a century – I’m surprised how often students have chosen as their main source a relevant book from… Read more

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