Sing Lullaby (Herbert Howells)

The blog British Classical Music: The Land of Lost Content recently mentioned this Christmas choral composition by Herbert Howells. Since I love his music, I made a point of tracking it down. Having enjoyed it I now share it with you! [Read more…]

Dead Sea Scrolls Digital Library

Remember when getting all the Dead Sea Scrolls published and available to scholars and the public was a frustrating issue? How times have changed! Now significant numbers of the scrolls are available online, thanks to a partnership between the IAA and Google, as many bloggers and news sites have been reporting. Click here to visit [Read More…]

Spectacular Violin Christmas Carols

Here’s “What Child Is This” performed by Lindsey Stirling: And here’s “Sussex Carol” performed by the Annie Moses Band: That last video comes with a hat tip to John Gardner, whose post about sappy Christmas songs appeared around the same time as Aaron Belz’s on the necessity of sad Christmas songs. [Read more…]

Funnier and Wronger?

I originally posted these comments together with other links in a round-up about blogging related to the recent tragedy. But they grew to the point where they seemed to require a post of their own. Brian LePort joined the conversation between Tony Jones and myself about the story of the slaughter of the innocents in [Read More…]

Speaking Foolishly about God and Tragedy

HT Christians Against the Tea Party on Facebook I’ve commented several times on what prominent would-be spokespeople for Christianity have had to say about the tragic shooting in Newtown, Connecticut. Initially I added additional links I came across to those posts. But there continue to be so many that I thought I should share some [Read More…]

What Makes a Good Star Wars Nativity?

I saw this on Reddit: OK, a holographic Ki-Adi Mundi where one might expect an angel is interesting. But why would Han and Leia give birth to Yoda, or even just be next to Yoda in a manger? If you’re going to put Star Wars or other action figures in a nativity scene, please give [Read More…]

Stop That Sleigh! Blast Them!

Via the 501st Georgia Garrison on Facebook, where a comment was added along the lines of the following: Dad, there's something on the roof and its markings match those of a ships that blasted its way out of Mos Eisley!   [Read more…]

Another Chance to Win Theologian Trading Cards

In case you missed it, I’ve posted the winners of the giveaway. Disappointed you didn’t win a set of Theologian Trading Cards here at Exploring Our Matrix? I might still have to pick one more winner, since the winner of the Elisabeth Schussler-Fiorenza signed card and set had not been in touch to provide an [Read More…]

Christmas Spoiler

From a “Rationalist Christmas Card” HT Hemant Mehta   [Read more…]

Fringe: There is Only One God in this Laboratory

The episode of Fringe “Black Blotter,” which aired last week, fascinated a lot of people because of its LSD-augmented aspects, and in particular its surreal tribute to Monty Python (with an Empire Strikes Back moment worked in for good measure). There has been a connection between religion and psychedelic drug use for as long as [Read More…]