Funny Mythicist Quote of the Day (Neil Godfrey)

“Recently one theologian who teaches an undergraduate historical Jesus class recommended to me two works on historiographical methods. When I quoted back to him key sections that contradicted the most fundamental processes of historical Jesus scholars he was enraged. I was misrepresenting them. It turned out that he was the one who had simply failed [Read More…]

Doctor Who: The Underwater Menace

In the episode “The Underwater Menace,” the Doctor, Ben, Polly, and Jamie arrive in the lost underwater city of Atlantis. The situation they find their combines the worst of both religion and science. Soon after arriving, the travelers are nearly sacrificed to the “living goddess Ando” who is depicted as part human, part fish. They [Read More…]

Though I Speak With Tongues of Penguins and Polar Bears…

Allan Bevere chose my caption as the winner of his latest caption contest. Here’s the photo with my caption: “If I speak in the tongues of penguins and of polar bears, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal.” [Read more…]

Doctor Who: The Highlanders

This second episode of the Patrick Troughton era, “The Highlanders” witnessed the arrival of a companion who would be with the Second Doctor throughout the rest of his stint: Jamie McCrimmon. This episode also witnessed something that William Hartnell had done, but which Patrick Troughton did much more comically: impersonations and disguises. The episode featured [Read More…]

Paul Mythicism?

There certainly are those Jesus mythicists who would also deny that there was a historical Paul. But for many mythicists, perhaps the majority, the historicity of Paul and the authenticity of Paul’s letters is in fact important to their argument, since their case for mythicism focuses much attention on what Paul allegedly did not say [Read More…]

The “Original Aramaic Lord’s Prayer” is None of the Above

After it came up on this blog a while back, I’ve wanted to return to the topic of the “Original Aramaic Lord’s Prayer.” Why? Because the thing that can be found online referred to in this way is not original, not Aramaic, not a translation, and not the Lord’s Prayer. Let me elaborate further. This [Read More…]

Fringe: Why Did God Make Me This Way?

Should we refer to J. J. Abrams as in some sense a “theologian”? Last week’s episode of Fringe, “Forced Perspective,” which I only found the time to watch last night, is full of theology and philosophy. From a girl with remarkable precognition asking why God made her this way (and being reassured that God makes [Read More…]

Make Everything OK

There is a web site featuring a magic button that makes everything OK. How did I not hear about this until today? You’ll find it at the appropriately-named web address http://make-everything-ok.com/  Click through and make everything OK! [Read more…]

Digital Analysis of Mandaic Manuscripts

My collaborator on the Mandaean Book of John translation project, Charles G. Häberl of Rutgers University, is scheduled to present on “Digital Analysis of Mandaic Manuscripts” at the workshop “Ancient Religion, Modern Technology” to be held February 13-14 at Brown University. Some of the other presentations also look fascinating, covering topics from Syriac linguistics to ancient [Read More…]

Religion and Science Fiction AAR CFP

The American Academy of Religion has issued the call for papers for the 2012 Annual Meeting in Chicago. Religion and Science Fiction has been approved for status as a Group, and so here is the core of the call for papers for that area. Click through for further information or to submit a proposal. Religion [Read More…]