The Dawkins Scale

The blog Unreasonable Faith asked where readers are on the Dawkins Scale (the image describing the scale is from a post on the blog Deity Schmeity): I just finished teaching a class on the first half of David Hume’s Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion, and one of the things I mentioned as a nice feature of that [Read More…]


A friend of mine made the the above Lord of the Rings/Binders full of Women Romney-Sauron meme mash up. I thought it was awesome, and still do – but I am not sure whether it outdoes what another friend forwarded to me: [Read more…]

Lecture on Geography and the Bible

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Star Wars Flash Mob

Featuring members of the WDR Radio Orchestra. HT Nancy French [Read more…]

All You Need to Defeat the Gods of Ragnarok Sold on eBay

The blog “Making My 7th Doctor Costume” posted that a couple of props used in filming the classic Doctor Who episode “The Greatest Show in the Galaxy” are being sold on eBay. This includes one of the gods of Ragnarok themselves… …as well as the medallion the Doctor used to defeat them: [Read more…]

Biblical Studies Carnival: Call for October Submissions, November Host

Victoria Laidler has mentioned on her blog, Gaudete Theology, that the collaborative blog to which she contributes, BLT, will be hosting the October 2012 Biblical Studies Carnival. Please submit your favorite posts from this and other biblioblogs this month! You can submit them via e-mail to: bltcarnival AT gmail DOT com Jim West has drawn attention [Read More…]

Jabba’s Binders Full of Women

A meme centered on Mitt Romney’s use of the phrase “binders full of women” has gone viral. I found myself feeling that it needs more sci-fi takes, and so here’s my Star Wars contribution featuring Jabba the Hutt with his binders (in a different sense) full of women. I am sure you can do better [Read More…]

Obituary for Jesus’ Wife in The Guardian

Andrew Brown wrote a piece for The Guardian in which he says, “It’s been fairly clear for weeks that the papyrus fragment known as the“gospel of Jesus’s wife” was a modern fake, assembled from phrases found in real gnostic gospels and in particular the Gospel of Thomas, a 4th-century copy of a 2nd-century manuscript.” He [Read More…]

Support for Christopher Rollston: Update

Since I last blogged about the topic of Christopher Rollston’s situation at Emmanuel Christian Seminary, a lot has appeared not only on blogs, but in Inside Higher Ed, which carried a story about what has been going on. That article suggested that the Emmanuel Christian Seminary administration was choosing to pander to a potential donor (and pursue a large [Read More…]

The Bible and Economic and Social Justice: Following Ruth into Leviticus

I’ve been wanting to post some thoughts that came up in my class on the Bible last week. We were discussing the Book of Ruth, which itself challenged Israelite laws and prejudices aimed at Moabites (that itself is a message that some Christians seem not to have grasped). In the process of discussing Ruth, the [Read More…]