Multitasking Limit Reached

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What Religious Extremists Fear Most

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Dietrich Reinhart OSB Fellowship in Eastern Christian Manuscript Studies

Dietrich Reinhart OSB Fellowship in Eastern Christian Manuscript Studies  The Hill Museum & Manuscript Library (HMML) announces the establishment of the Dietrich Reinhart OSB Fellowship in Eastern Christian Manuscript Studies, to be awarded annually for three years beginning with the Academic Year 2013-2014. The fellowship has been established through the generosity of Rebecca Haile and [Read More…]

Why Vote for This or That Person for President?

It is sometimes assumed – rightly or wrongly – that people naturally vote for a candidate who most resembles them – in religious affiliation, appearance, background, and many other respects. A photo I saw on Facebook made me reflect on how true this may be, and whether it is how things ought to be. It [Read More…]

Premature Finality

When I saw this cartoon on the blog The Egyptiana Emporium, it made me reflect on how easy it is to revise what we write nowadays compared with in the past… Once it was a matter of starting over carving in stone the entire tablet. Then it was “simply” a matter of typing one or [Read More…]

P.S. – The Unfilmed Final Scene from “The Angels Take Manhattan”

The BBC released a video indicating the contents of a final scene that was written for the Doctor Who episode “The Angels Take Manhattan” to bring Brian’s story to closure, but ultimately not filmed: Many wondered about this. How do you feel about what the writer envisaged? [Read more…]

Big Theological Questions that Science Fiction Should Answer

Over at IO9, Charlie Jane Anders has posted an article with the title “Big Theological Questions That Science Fiction Should Answer.” I was one of several people she interviewed for the article, and I get quoted at length. Others include Robert Geraci and Eriberto Lozada, who contributed to the volume I edited, Religion and Science [Read More…]

Bias and Bayes’ Theorem in History

Regular commenter Ian has posted two more entries on his blog which relate to the use of Bayes’ Theorem in assessing historical probability, in response to Richard Carrier’s advocacy of the use of Bayesian reasoning. One is entitled “Error in Bayes’ Theorem” and the other “Say What I Want To Hear!“ [Read more…]

The Last Laugh – and the Power of Blogging

Anthony Le Donne offers a confession on his blog. He used to view blogging dismissively. Not any more. Most readers will know that Anthony was fired from Lincoln Christian University because someone complained about his views. The latest development is that some of Anthony’s former co-workers brought the blogging by scholars and other interested parties [Read More…]

Bibliobloggers’ Gathering at SBL: Only Two Questions Remain Unanswered

Of the classic questions that every reporter is taught to ask, only two remain to be answered about this year’s bibliobloggers’ gathering: when and where. Since people have sometimes struggled to be available for dinner at SBL, perhaps this year we should make it a gathering for drinks, somewhere that people can eat, but don’t necessarily have to? [Read More…]


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