Doctor Who: The Sea Devils

The Doctor Who episode “The Sea Devils” covers ground very similar to other Doctor Who episodes featuring “Silurians” (in this episode the Doctor remarks that it is a misnomer and they really ought to be called Eocenes). Homo Reptilia of a different but related species are emerging from a self-induced slumber. They hid away in [Read More…]

Responding to Racism

Someone I know shared this “joke” on Facebook. I left a comment expressing my disappointment that they had shared it, since it seemed to me to have racist overtones. Let me share it and see whether others get the same impression, before I say more. Flying on Air Force One, Obama looked at Oprah, chuckled [Read More…]

One of the Wise Men is about to have an Epiphany

I confess that I have often wished there was a cartoon depicting magi bringing gold, Frankenstein, and myrrh. And so I am glad that Facebook brought this my way! [Read more…]

The Grumpy Terrestrial

  Why do I find this cat so funny?   [Read more…]

Tard in the TARDIS

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Announcing TalkHistoricity: An Index of Mythicist Claims

It was recently suggested to me that it might be useful to put together an index of mythicist claims, and the answers and responses to those claims from the perspective of mainstream historical study. Although it can be said that every claim by mythicists has probably been addressed at least implicitly in scholarly monographs and [Read More…]

Seeking a Friend for the End of the World

I just watched the movie Seeking a Friend for the End of the World. It is a great movie to start the year with. It has Steve Carrell in the lead role, and is billed as a comedy. It does have amusing moments. But I would not classify it as a comedy. It is about [Read More…]

John the Baptist and the Gnostics

Miguel Conner has an article in The Examiner highlighting the various mentions of and views about John the Baptist in Gnostic sources. In it, he links to one of the chapters I translated from the Mandaean Book of John! There is a need for a detailed scholarly treatment of this topic. When G. R. S. [Read More…]

Remembering Marshall Gregory

My colleague Marshall Gregory passed away a couple of days ago, and I thought it would be nice to mark his passing by drawing readers’ attention to some of his many articles which are available online. Himself an English professor, “Greg” (as he was know) was a champion of the Liberal Arts and passionate about [Read More…]

December 2012 Biblical Studies Carnival

Abram K-J has posted a linguistically rich Biblical studies carnival, which starts off with a quote from Spurgeon explaining why carnivals are necessary. Click through to read it!   [Read more…]


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