David Hayward is Moving to Patheos!

I’m posting this to spread the good news that David Hayward, the cartoonist known to many from his blog Naked Pastor, is moving his blog to Patheos. Welcome, David! Some of his cartoons I absolutely love. Some of them I strongly disagree with. They are pretty much never dull and never fail to get you [Read More…]

The Resurrection in Orthodox Iconography and the Marriage Gesture of cheir’ epi karpo

At SBL in November, John Dominic Crossan spoke about Eastern Orthodox iconography of the resurrection (I previously blogged about this). Here is an example of the iconography: I was struck by the consistent depiction of Jesus grasping Adam by the wrist, which I assumed symbolized that the entirety of the salvation was accomplished by God, [Read More…]

Happy Birthday, Ovid Butler!

Ovid Butler was born on this day in 1801. Among the things that he did during his life was to found North West Christian University, which eventually became Butler University. And so at Butler we call this day Founder's Day. Read more about Ovid Butler in the brief bio on the university web page.   [Read more…]

Trying to Defend Christianity by Betraying It

Tim Gombis has shared some powerful thoughts about fundamentalism. Here is a sample: The fundamentalist error is the assumption that when I perceive some fundamental of the Christian faith to be threatened, I have the prerogative to be violent. The implicit logic at work here is that at critical moments the best way to defend [Read More…]

The Early High Christology Club

Larry Hurtado has a post about the group of scholars who have come to refer to themselves in humorous fashion as the “Early High Christology Club.” The post includes this delightful story which Larry told me and some others at dinner one evening at SBL in Chicago: An incident often cited subsequently took place after [Read More…]

Doctor Who: Colony in Space

The Doctor Who episode “Colony in Space” from the Jon Pertwee era sees the Doctor sent on a mission on behalf of the time lords, although without his being informed of the nature of the mission in advance. It seems as though the confines of Earth felt too restricting not only to the character of [Read More…]

Brace Yourselves: Evolution Weekend is Coming

  If you don’t know what this meme is about, Michael Zimmerman’s recent article in the Huffington Post might help. [Read more…]

Pulp-O-Mizer

Via IO9 I learned of the Pulp-O-Mizer, which allows you to make your own pulp magazine covers. Here’s a first attempt at making one to use in a poster about my class on religion and science fiction: [Read more…]

Wolverine’s Conversion to Christianity

Joel Watts shared the above clip from an X-Men cartoon. Wow! Its treatment of God’s love for all – including mutants – is striking. Have a watch! [Read more…]

A Personal Relationship With Reality

Someone I am connected with on Facebook shared this recently: When I saw the image, I at once had two reactions. The first was to think, yes, of course, the idea that one is the focus of the universe and everything revolves around you is a problematic one, which has more to do with modern [Read More…]