Mandaean Baptism in Liverpool

I was telling a colleague about the fact that there are Mandaean baptisms on YouTube, and she did a search and found this really nice video I had not seen before, which includes Mandaeans talking about the meaning of baptism for them. [Read more…]

Jesus Wants You…

Via Facebook [Read more…]

Will the Gospel of Jesus’ Wife be Buried in the Talpiot Tomb?

David Meadows offered some more nails for the ossuary in which many are confident that the Gospel of Jesus’ Wife will be buried, and Sightings has an article entitled “The Swift Rise and Apparent Demise of ‘Jesus’ Wife’.” As we await the test results on the ink on the papyrus fragment that made news headlines [Read More…]

Prometheus

At long last I got around to watching the movie Prometheus – aka Intelligent Design: The Motion Picture. It is a great film for those interested in the intersection of religion and science fiction. And I am therefore delighted to learn that there are plans for a sequel, Prometheus begins with the discovery on the [Read More…]

Lecture on Amos and Hosea

I recorded my class on Amos and Hosea. There were no separate slides prepared, and so you can simply listen to the lecture as a podcast. I hope to try recording some things in a smart classroom at some point, so that I can even capture writing on the smartboard, much like one sees in [Read More…]

Indiana Jones and the Sacred Baby-Walker

There is some debate about whether there will be a 5th Indiana Jones movie, but IO9 recently shared a neglected sacred item that would be worth of the adventurer’s next quest – especially if by that stage he is so elderly that he himself needs a walker! I love this part of the piece at [Read More…]

Donald Trump’s Big Reveal

If you are among those who have been waiting for the big reveal that Donald Trump promised he would offer about Barack Obama at noon today, he’s done it.  What he revealed is that he (i.e. Trump) still wants to see Obama’s birth certificate and other records. Seriously. That’s his “big news.” In my opinion, the news [Read More…]

“Biblical Parenting” and Parental Images of God

David Hayward has a cartoon today that gets at the heart of an issue many of us have with the depiction of God in some Biblical stories as well as elsewhere: We would be horrified if human parents did these things, and yet few seem to reflect on the sort of impression they give of [Read More…]

Google Chrome’s Advanced Settings are a Threat to the Universe

If you don’t think so, you’ve clearly never looked at them carefully: No human being should have the power to obliterate anything from the beginning of time… [Read more…]

Richard Mourdock and “Gifts from God”

Richard Mourdock, a Republican candidate running to represent Indiana in the Senate, has caused a great deal of controversy with a remark he made in the context of a discussion of whether abortion should be allowed for rape victims. His reply included the following: I know that there are some who disagree and I respect their point [Read More…]


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