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…]

Apparently It Needs To Be Pointed Out

Today's Non Sequitur   [Read more…]

Jesus, Socialism, and Capitalism

Via Nancy French, I learned of a bizarre online article by Liberty “University” professor Johnnie Moore, in which he claims that Jesus was a capitalist fundamentally opposed to socialism. Why this person thinks it wise to pontificate about Jesus and the Bible without first studying them in their historical context is beyond me. Here is [Read More…]

Fringe Finale Trailer

The above is a new trailer for Fringe (HT IO9; go here if you haven’t seen the previous one). I am rather sorry that there isn’t the same sort of excitement that there was about the finale of LOST (so much so that my posts about the LOST finale continue to get visits). Not only is [Read More…]

If Jesus had an iPhone

  HT Jim West   [Read more…]

Kurt Atterberg, “Ballade Without Words”

One of my favorite pieces by one of my favorite composers, who died 39 years ago today. [Read more…]

Birthday of the Most Famous Liberal Christian

While next Monday is celebrated as the official holiday Martin Luther King Day in the United States, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King was born on January 15th. On this the birthday of one who is surely the most famous politically, economically, and theologically progressive Christian, it seemed worth sharing some of the many quote posters [Read More…]