Doctor Who: The Time Meddler

The Doctor Who episode “The Time Meddler” concluded the second season in the show’s history, and it represented another major first: in it, the Doctor and his companions encountered another time traveler, who it is eventually discovered has a TARDIS of his own and is from the Doctor’s own world. Apart from the Doctor and [Read More…]

The Only True God in Paperback

At long last, the wait is almost over for those of you who’ve been awaiting a paperback edition of my book The Only True God: Early Christian Monotheism in Its Jewish Context. University of Illinois Press will be releasing the book in paperback in a few months’ time, and it is already available for pre-order [Read More…]

The Doubly Upside-Down Jonah Ossuary

Steve Caruso noticed that the supposed name of Jonah is upside-down on the ossuary. Of course, so is the supposed stick figure of Jonah himself. So is this two strikes against the idea that Jonah is depicted, or do they fit nicely together? Rogue Classicism has a lengthy discussion of the documentary and its claims. [Read More…]

Scientists, Steves and Evolution

David Bailey posted about project Steve, which seeks to illustrate the overwhelming consensus among scientists – and especially scientists in relevant fields – about evolution. For those who may not be familiar with it, when the Discovery Institute produced a list of people who “dissent from Darwin,” Project Steve was created in response, to illustrate [Read More…]

And the Award for Best Reworking of a Classic Painting from the Biblical Apocrypha with Muppets goes to…

Hilary White, definitely, for the painting below, “Beaker Slaying Honeydew” based on Artemisia Gentileschi’s “Judith Slaying Holofernes”: IO9 shared this and many others. Several involve characters from Star Wars, superheroes, and many other figures that were not yet around when the original paintings were created. See the full collection here on Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/wytrab8/sets/72157626449405026/ [Read more…]

Moses Pranks Jesus

  Cartoon removed at cartoonist’s request – please visit the cartoonist’s web site to see it! HT Jim West [Read more…]

Happy Easter!

Χριστός ανέστη, Hristos a înviat, and Happy Easter to those who observe the orthodox calendar! Thanks for the above image to Pithless Thoughts – who I hope will also share how one actually says “Christ is Risen” or “Happy Easter” in Klingon, since even the language site Omniglot doesn’t know. I wonder if that is [Read More…]

Doesn’t Sound Like My Sunday School Class

Hemant Mehta shared a Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal cartoon. This is where it ends up: Click through to see how it got there, and be sure to click on the red button for the final punch line. In my class, I’m the one raising the issues. Which I suppose also makes me more like the [Read More…]

New Look

Patheos blogs have a new look, and Exploring Our Matrix is no exception. The changes that were being made are the reason for my not posting until now. Now that the changes are done, please let me know what you think – and those of you who read this blog in a feed reader, please [Read More…]

“The Resurrection Tomb” Documentary: Live Blogged to Death

Steve Caruso offered a “post mortem” on the “live blogging” about the documentary which aired last night, and the incongruity of a post mortem about live blogging seemed oddly appropriate. He also offered an analogy to the “there’s no consensus about what kind of vase it is, therefore it is a fish” argument. Bob Cargill, [Read More…]


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