Mythicism and other Bunk around the Blogosphere

Thom Stark blogged about Neil Godfrey’s reading comprehension (or lack thereof). In other news, Neil Godfrey complains that Bart Ehrman had trouble keeping track of which mythicists wrote which nonsense where. Richard Carrier criticized Bart Ehrman of using rhetoric instead of argument (among other things), seemingly unaware of the irony. Tom Verenna unsurprisingly but disappointingly [Read More…]

Time To Stop Asking Where Waldo Is?

Marc Cortez shared this picture yesterday: At first I just enjoyed it as funny. But for some reason I found myself thinking about it more, and realized that it also provides a nice parable or what is wrong with salvation-oriented, other-worldly Christianity the sole or almost exclusive focus of which is on whether people are [Read More…]

Natanael Berg – Symphony No. 1 “Everything New Must End” (1912)

Or, as the Oracle famously put it, “Everything that has a beginning has an end, Neo.” Here’s a Swedish composer from my favorite period in that nation’s musical output – Carl Natanael Rexroth-Berg being slightly older than Kurt Atterberg and slightly younger than Wilhelm Petersen-Berger, both of whom are composers that I highly recommend. [Read more…]

Doctor Who: Underworld

The very title of the Doctor Who episode “Underworld” hints at its intersection with religion. But while the “underworld” in question turns out to be a world of tunnels with no access to the sky, the episode nevertheless more than lives up to the expectation that it will provide interesting terrain for exploring religion. Although [Read More…]

Studying Religion Will Do This To You

From Savage Chickens via Brad Matthies [Read more…]

Geirr Tveitt – Sun God Symphony Op. 81

When a composer whose music I enjoy also touches on a religious theme, that’s all the more reason to share it, right? But in fact, Tveitt’s ideology, reflected in this piece and others, is disturbing and definitely worth discussing. It reflects the tendency to reject not only Judaism but also Christianity (so intimately connected with [Read More…]

The Historical Jesus around the Blogosphere

There’s a lot of interesting stuff in the blogosphere in the past day or so related to topics of regular interest on this blog. Bart Ehrman offered a lengthy reply to Richard Carrier. Ehrman also did an interview at Religion Dispatches about his latest book, Did Jesus Exist? Thom Stark deals with Richard Carrier’s attempt [Read More…]

You Know You Write About Doctor Who A Lot When…

You know you write about Doctor Who a lot when you go to write the word “doctor” and instinctively capitalize it. I did that this morning. [Read more…]

Doctor Who: The Wheel in Space

The episode The Wheel in Space is an excellent dramatic adventure, unfortunately not surviving in its entirety, but thoroughly enjoyable as an audiobook. Indeed, like so many classic episodes, it may be better as an audiobook, since the special effects of this period were even at their best disappointing compared to one is presently possible. [Read More…]

Karl Weigl – Symphony No. 6 in A Minor (1947)

Another 20th century composer for your enjoyment: [Read more…]