Jesus and Spock

Eruesso shared this tattoo of Spock depicted in imagery typically associated with Jesus: He said he’ll leave it to me to decipher it (presumably not the text, which is “Live Long and Prosper” in Spanish, but the significance of the whole thing). If he expects me to explain why someone would etch this permanently onto [Read More…]

A Different Trinity: The Father, Son, and Holy Candidate

Fred Clark shared the image below promoting the Father, Son, and Holy Candidate – or is it the GOP that is the third member of this Trinity, with Romney as its incarnation? I liked Fred’s quip about the image: “Jesus/Romney is the answer. What was the question?”   [Read more…]

The Dalai Lama on Buddhism and Science

As if in answer to my earlier question, George Takei posted this on Facebook: That is also the attitude of progressive Christians, and many others, despite the existence of a vociferous minority who thinks that they can use ancient human texts to deny the realities before our eyes, or under our microscopes, or glimpsed through [Read More…]

Messiaenism and Messianism

Someone commented on my post about “Messianism in Music” that they expected me to post something by Oliver Messiaen. So here is his Quartet for the End of Time: And here is his “Alléluias sereins d’une âme qui désire le ciel” which is the second part of his L’Ascension. Both can also be connected to messianism even [Read More…]

Freedom of Speech = Freedom to Insult, to Criticize, and to Apologize

Many of the recent discussions about “free speech” in connection with the internet video about Islam called “Innocense of Muslims,” the violent reactions to it, and the apologies for it, seem to me to miss the point. In our democracy, within limits to ensure that the safety of people is safeguarded, people can express themselves [Read More…]

Mythicism, Creationism, Science and Faith

Where do mythicism, young-earth creationism, mainstream biology and mainstream historical study (including but not limited to the study of the historical Jesus) fit in the diagram below, in the view of readers of this blog? Even though one cannot run “history experiments,” are historians not doing something similar when they take their ideas about the [Read More…]

What if you’re Wrong? (Changing the Default Setting)

Fred Clark posted on his blog asking “What if I’m wrong about the clobber verses?” He is referring to the point, which he considers a valid one, that he could be wrong. That anyone considers this necessary to point out is itself striking, and says a lot about humanity. There are, alas, people who don’t seem [Read More…]

Doctor Who: Battlefield

The first episode from the last season of Sylvester McCoy’s time as the Doctor is “Battlefield” and it is ripe to be revisited in the era of Matt Smith. Spoilers follow. In this episode, the Doctor comes to Earth at a time when former Brigadier Alistair Gordon Lethbridge-Stuart has retired and is married (although he [Read More…]

Whoever Ignores Correction Leads Others Astray

The title of this post comes from Proverbs 10:17. I could have quoted Proverbs 12:1, or 15:12, or any number of other Bible verses about accepting correction, but Prov. 10:17 seemed the most fitting of all of them. I’ve recently been trying to communicate with someone who, because he pays lip service to the divine [Read More…]

Now That’s What I Call Worship!

Thanks to blog reader Admiral Mattbar for drawing this song by Jon Foreman, “Instead of a Show,” to my attention! [Read more…]