The Fringe Finale (and the LOST Finale)

The finale of Fringe was different than what Abrams and company did with the finale of LOST. Whether it was better or worse is debatable, but it was different in just about every way that it could have been different. And that makes it interesting. There are spoilers ahead, so if you have not seen [Read More…]

Cable Company Posts Spoilers About Fringe Finale

Just look at the description they gave of the episode, which someone shared on Reddit: [Read more…]

The Bible as Conversation

There is a repost of a classic blog entry by Michael Spencer on the iMonk blog today which deserves to get widely read and discussed. I am reproducing the core of it below – click through to read the whole thing: This idea, of a great conversation taking place over time and culture, and then [Read More…]

The Dark Knight Rises

I recently watched the Batman movie The Dark Knight Rises. It offers an interesting exploration of notions of good and evil and the possibility of redemption. If you have not seen it, be aware that some minor spoilers lie ahead. Batman fits into the category of the broken hero, the individual who fights evil, but who [Read More…]

Sandy Hook and Jesus Mythicisms

Most of us have watched in horror and dismay as a small handful of people have spun conspiracy theories around the tragic shooting in Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. Andii Bowsher has noted the connection with another sort of denialism, that which one encounters in Biblical studies. Andii quotes an article from The Guardian which [Read More…]

Martin Luther King and Liberal Theology

Because they are familiar only with famous sound bites, there are many people who do not know that Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., an American Baptist minister, was a liberal Christian not only in his concern for racial integration and social justice, but also theologically liberal. I recently had my attention drawn to this [Read More…]

CFP: ARAM Society Conference on Mandaeism

I received this from the ARAM Society and wanted to share it: Mandaeism, 08-10 July 2013 (University of Oxford) ARAM Society for Syro-Mesopotamian Studies is organizing its Thirty Sixth International Conference on the theme of Mandaeism, to be held at the Oriental Institute, the University of Oxford, 08-10 July, 2013. The conference aims to study [Read More…]

ORBIS: The Stanford Geospatial Network Model of the Roman World

Via IO9, I learned of a new interactive map of the Roman world: ORBIS: The Stanford Geospatial Network Model of the Roman World. http://orbis.stanford.edu/ You can set a starting and destination point (say Jerusalem and Tarsus, for instance), and find out what was involved in traveling between the two by various means of transportation, including what [Read More…]

The Judas Kiss of Much Modern Christianity

Today’s cartoon by David Hayward hits the nail on the head about a lot of Christianity today (as well as in other eras): So many evaluate the Christian credentials of individuals and groups based on how frequently they reference Jesus or the Bible or the word Christian, and how positively. But in a text which [Read More…]

Lutherans Watching Star Wars

  Via Facebook. That image led me to find this one:     [Read more…]