Doctor Who: Mawdryn Undead

I had forgotten the name of this episode, “Mawdryn Undead,” and so when I checked out the DVDs of the Black Guardian Trilogy from the library, I remembered the second and third by name but was drawing a blank on what this first one was about. But once I got past that memory failure regarding [Read More…]

Freedom of Interpretation?

This cartoon by David Hayward seems to me to illustrate well the situation we find ourselves in as interpreters – whether of life or of texts. The danger is when we genuinely believe that we are free, having managed to loose ourselves from the influence of upbringing, tradition, personality, and so many other factors. And [Read More…]

“Honesty Above Propriety”: Biblical Pictures Worth More Than A Thousand Words

Via Rachel Held Evans, I learned of Jim LePage’s “Word Bible Designs” which attempt to encapsulate what is central to a book in the Bible in a single image. Many of them are provocative, in ways that range from the gory to the racy to the simply creative and striking. Here are a few samples: [Read More…]

‘Honesty Above Propriety’: Biblical Pictures Worth More Than A Thousand Words

Via Rachel Held Evans, I learned of Jim LePage’s “Word Bible Designs” which attempt to encapsulate what is central to a book in the Bible in a single image. Many of them are provocative, in ways that range from the gory to the racy to the simply creative and striking. Here are a few samples: [Read More…]

Picking and Choosing

From Calamities of Nature HT Evolving Thoughts [Read more…]

The Best Footnote Ever, In The Best Introduction Ever?

HT Marc Cortez UPDATE: The book in question is Stats: Modeling the World (or perhaps the first edition, which was called Stats: data and models, which included the same footnote) written by David E. Bock, Paul F. Velleman, and Richard D. De Veaux. [Read more…]

Intelligently-Designed Snowflakes?

The blog Irtiqa got to a topic that I was hoping to mention. It already seemed to me that the snowflake (which in many parts of the Northern hemisphere is readily available for observation at the moment) provides a great illustration of what is wrong with Intelligent Design. Looking at a snowflake, it would be [Read More…]

History is to Mythicism and Science is to Creationism as McDonald’s is to…

In discussing areas related to my teaching and interests lately, whether Biblical studies or biological science, the question has come up whether it might not make sense to actually examine an example of pseudoscholarship or junk science in teaching students to recognize the real thing. It is easy enough to say that young-earth creationism is [Read More…]

If You Can’t Have the Bible You’d Love, Love the Bible You Have

I probably shouldn’t tamper with the wording of a song for the title of this post. Cee Lo Green has sparked a lot of controversy with his New Year’s Eve rendition of John Lennon’s “Imagine,” in which he changed “no religion, too” to “all religion’s true.” But in fact, what Cee Lo did with the [Read More…]

Doctor Who: Arc of Infinity

The Doctor Who episode “Arc of Infinity” is well-known among fans for several reasons, perhaps most of all because it witnessed the first appearance of Colin Baker on the show – not yet as the sixth Doctor, but as the Gallifreyan commander of the chancellery guard, Maxil. Colin Baker was only one of many such instances [Read More…]


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