Doctor Who: Spearhead from Space

When Doctor Who returned to begin the era of the Third Doctor, with the episode Spearhead from Space, it really started with a bang. This episode introduced the Autons and the Nestenes, and I am struck by the fact that when Doctor Who started up again after its long break, the writers and producers chose [Read More…]

AAR and SBL Sessions 2012

The program book for the Society of Biblical Literature 2012 Annual Meeting and the program book for the American Academy of Religion 2012 Annual Meeting, which will take place together in Chicago in November, are both now online. I’ll be reading one paper and serving on one panel at the SBL conference, and will be part of [Read More…]

Biblical Faith is not Avoiding Doubt, nor is it Feeling Certain

The Bible itself raises challenges to the way conservative Christians in our time tend to understand what the Bible is, as supposedly an inerrant text that can eliminate doubt from one's life. The Bible itself tells story after story about people for whom doubt was part of their spiritual life. There is something profoundly ironic [Read More…]

Dennis Markuze Is Back

Here’s a comment that was left on my blog today: how the divine pen of Michel Nostradamus crushed the international atheist movement http://dissidentphilosophy.lif… for lies on top of lies http://www.youtube.com/watch?v… do you think you can threaten my right to FREE SPEECH? what if I told you that I am not who you think I am…. [Read More…]

Quote of the Day (Vorjack)

One of the most annoying things about dealing with Protestants is their insistence on Biblical authority paired with their inability to agree on what the Bible says. Combined with the tendency to simply assert their supposedly biblical doctrines without “showing their work,” so to speak, leaves one with the feeling that the Bible is simply [Read More…]

Did Jesus Understand Genesis 2 Literally?

Many will point to Jesus' words about divorce, in the context of which he quotes Genesis 2, as evidence that Jesus believed Adam and Eve were literal people, and will then on that basis argue against modern biology, or claim this proves that he supported the view of marriage as involving only one man and [Read More…]

Childlike Faith Poster

The quotation comes from my previous post. [Read more…]

Young-Earth Creationism is a Cult

For those who know the English language well, the statement in the title, “young-earth creationism is a cult,” may seem obvious. One definition of a “cult” is “a system of religious beliefs and ritual” which of course young-earth creationism is. But I mean the statement in reference to that more sinister meaning of “cult,” as [Read More…]

Victor Borge – Spoken Pronunciation

In an era when miscommunications abound, an antidote is needed. And so here is Victor Borge giving his famous suggestions for accomplishing clearer communication through spoken punctuation. Enjoy! [Read more…]

Inerrancy and Literalism: Quote of the Day (Theodore M. Vial)

Contemporary conservative Christian exegetes claim both inerrancy and literalism as hermeneutical principles, but will always sacrifice the latter to the former. The “this generation” of Mark 13:30 that will see the Son of Man’s return, for example, must be read as referring not to the generation listening to Jesus, or Mark’s original audience, but to [Read More…]