Messengers from the Stars #CFP

Through this call for papers, I became aware of this journal that explores the intersection of science fiction and the humanities. https://relcfp.tumblr.com/post/159218734977/journal-messengers-from-the-stars-on-science [Read more…]

Worst Navigator Ever?

This is an old joke, and not a particularly funny one, since it misses the key ideas in the story entirely. But I was still struck by the different impact the meme makes by weaving a map app into the picture, complete with estimated travel time. [Read more…]

Philosophical Themes in The Matrix

Via 3QuarksDaily. [Read more…]

Christ the Avenger

IO9 drew attention to the posted above, created by a Mexican church. What do you make of it? Does this detract from Easter, from The Avengers, or both? Or might it just generate some interesting conversations? [Read more…]

The Brilliance of Mythicism

I’ve sometimes heard people deride young-earth creationists, mythicists, and various others as “stupid.” But that is grossly unfair. Whether someone is wrong need not and often does not correlate with their intelligence or lack thereof. Indeed, it can require astounding mental acumen to find ways to defend one’s viewpoint against impressive counter-evidence. For an extreme illustration [Read More…]

Singing Hosanna

Nick Alexander created this parody of the well-known Pina Colada song (“Escape”). Today, Palm Sunday, marks the occasion that it was meant for. Enjoy! [Read more…]

John and the Synoptics

Elizabeth Corsar blogged about the fact that the relationship between the Gospel of John and the Synoptic Gospels is still not resolved after all these years. When I shared the post on Facebook, someone suggested that John and the Synoptics would be a great band name, and that Corsar’s blog preview image would work as [Read More…]

An Article Conceived on this Blog is Born!

About a year ago, I floated an idea in a blog post, something that had struck me in teaching my class on the historical Jesus. Anthony Le Donne noticed it and encouraged me to explore the topic further and consider developing it into an article. I did so, and submitted it to the Journal for the Study [Read More…]

Why Do We Believe Stuff That’s Not True?

‘Why do we believe stuff that’s not true?’ he said, and I said, ‘because it’s easier than admitting we don’t know. Which is a lot closer to reality. That’s what we humans do, we make up things about everything. There’s very little we really know, so we make it up and then believe it, until reality [Read More…]

Gnostic Cinema

April De Conick has shared her opening talk that introduced the recent Gnostic Cinema movie series at Rice University. It is a fascinating talk, exploring both the ancient religious ideas that the term “Gnosticism” refers to, as well as the reasons why there has been a resurgence of interest in those ancient traditions. Click through [Read More…]