Turkey Theology for Thanksgiving

David Hayward offers the above cartoon with a different perspective in the theology of Thanksgiving. Below are a few other cartoons in a similar vein by other cartoonists.   [Read more…]

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving!*                     *Some restrictions apply. This wish does not constitute a contractual obligation to provide you with happiness. Turkeys, yams, and cranberries are not eligible for this offer. Offer not valid on this date outside of the United States – especially in Canada. For more [Read More…]

Happy Black Thursday

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving in the United States. The name of the holiday is self-explanatory – or it should be. But in fact, it sits oddly beside the custom of “celebrating” Black Friday – i.e. making the day after Thanksgiving a day of special sales in which people have been trampled to death trying to get [Read More…]

Can You Lose a Faith You Never Had?

I find myself wondering how many people who defend their “faith,” and how many who say they have lost their “faith,” actually have or had faith. Let me immediately clarify that I am not referring here to the offensive and foolish suggestion sometimes made by some Christians that, if someone becomes an atheist, they must [Read More…]

Doctor Who Christmas Special Prequel and Trailer

Now that I am back from the conference I was attending this weekend, I could finally watch the Children in Need Doctor Who minisode, which is also the prequel to this year’s Christmas special. It is called “The Great Detective,” and it is followed by this trailer for the Christmas special itself, “The Snowmen“: [Read more…]

How To Misuse The Bible

David Hayward's latest cartoon illustrates one of the many ways…   [Read more…]

Home From #SBLAAR

I’m back home safe and sound from the conference in Chicago. I expect that blogging not related to the conference will resume pretty much immediately, and I may try to go back and blog about some of the highlights which I have not managed to yet, if there is interest. John Dominic Crossan’s keynote address [Read More…]

#sblaar Mandaean Running

Yesterday morning was the first bit of genuinely free time I have had at the conference, and so I spent some time in the book exhibit and elsewhere, talking with friends. This rest was helpful in preparing for what lay in store that afternoon… First there was a session on mysticism, esotericism, and Gnosticism, in [Read More…]

#sblaar Bibliobloggers’ Gathering

The bibliobloggers' gathering last night at Kitty O'Shea's was great, and it included several bloggers who had never attended before, and the “coming out” of one whose identity had previously been obscure (not in the photos below). There were quite a number of “lapsed bloggers” in attendance – i.e. people who had not been blogging [Read More…]

#sblaar Religion and Science Fiction at 40% Off!

If you are at the conference and are interested in the intersection of religion and science fiction, don't miss the opportunity to purchase Religion and Science Fiction at a 40% discount off the usual price! Just visit the Wipf and Stock display, where it is easily spotted!   [Read more…]