Transit of Venus

I went with my wife and son to see Venus as it transits across the sun for the last time in our lifetime (at least from the perspective of our planet), at the Holcomb Observatory on the Butler University campus. We got there a little late, in terms of when first contact was, and those [Read More…]

Doctor Who: The Seeds of Death

The Doctor Who episode “The Seeds Of Death” witnesses the return of the Ice Warriors and the introduction of what later on would be referred to as a “trans-mat” device, but which here was referred to as a “T-mat” which stood for “Travel-Mat.” I wonder what the Ice Warriors will look like if they ever [Read More…]

The Disciples’ Field Trip

The theme of yesterday’s service at my church was the story in Mark 2:23-28. My wife referred to it as Jesus taking the disciples on a “field trip”  – literally! – since the story is set in a field. The story is often viewed as implausible, being understood to envisage Pharisees hanging around fields in [Read More…]

A Controversial Post about Beer, Football, and the Relative Merits of Scarlet Johansson vs. Shakira

Commenter Paul Regnier wrote in the 977th comment on a post of mine entitled “Mythicism and other Bunk around the Blogosphere”: Chaps, for a laugh, I just worked out how many words have been written here in reply to Dr McGrath’s original, 200 word post… it’s about 125,000!!!Maybe it’s time we all did something more [Read More…]

A Romanian Smuggler of Dead Sea Scrolls?

The Romanian news outlet Adevărul is reporting that a Romanian citizen has been apprehended attempting to cross the border between Switzerland and Italy with a stash of Dead Sea Scrolls of great value. Which scrolls they are, whether they are authentic, and where they were obtained remain to be determined. Swiss police are said to [Read More…]

Quote of the Day (Ludwig Wittgenstein)

“Death is not an event in life: we do not live to experience death. If we take eternity to mean not infinite temporal duration but timelessness, then eternal life belongs to those who live in the present. Our life has no end in the way in which our visual field has no limits.” — Wittgenstein, [Read More…]

Geez, I’m a Language Geek

It is surely a clear sign that I am a language geek that when I see the word “Geez” written somewhere, the first thing I think of is not the shortened way of saying “Jesus” to express surprise or frustration… …but rather something that looks like this: [Read more…]

BibleWorks 20th Birthday Contest

BibleWorks is giving away two free copies of its excellent software to celebrate the program’s 20th birthday. Click through and enter to have a chance at winning! http://www.bibleworks.com/20contest/ [Read more…]

The Jesus Process Begins

A while back, Joseph Hoffmann announced a new project with the title “The Jesus Process.” It has now produced its first few offerings, in the form of the following online essays: Maurice Casey, “Mythicism: A Story of Bias, Incompetence and Falsehood” Stephanie Louise Fisher, “An Exhibition of Incompetence: Trickery, Dickery, Bayes” R. Joseph Hoffmann, “Controversy, [Read More…]

Pamela Eisenbaum Lecture on Paul

Here’s a lecture by Pamela Eisenbaum entitled “The Paul I Know: A Jewish Evaluation”: HT Bruce Prescott [Read more…]


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