What Key is the Biblical Canon In?

I decided to share another version of a meme I embedded in a recent post, for those who might have missed it there beneath quite a bit of text. The meme is inspired by something that was said in my Sunday school class (again, as mentioned in that post from yesterday).   [Read more…]

Biblical Inerrancy Makes No Difference

Last Sunday, my Sunday school class began talking about what it means to have a canon that came to us through natural human processes. I suggested that, in one sense, it makes no difference. Those who subscribe to Biblical inerrancy do not agree on what these supposedly inerrant texts actually mean. And so one is left to puzzle [Read More…]

A Defining Feature of Conservative Christianity

This is another instance of me taking the summary I wrote of an earlier blog post, and turning it into a meme. I have been making a point of saying something about each of my posts when I share them, and I find that sometimes the attempt to sum them up in a succinct and [Read More…]

The Holy Trilogy

I’ll be giving a paper at SBL in November comparing sci-fi canons (with particular focus on Star Wars, given the new direction the franchise is taking) and Biblical canons. And so I was struck when a couple of items came to my attention today, all connected by the use of the phrase “The Holy Trilogy,” an [Read More…]

Nerd Fundamentalism: What Do Space Can(n)ons Have To Do With Biblical Canons?

The Metacriticism of Biblical Scholarship section will have a session in November focused on comparing the canons of science fiction with Biblical canons, and the ways that fans/adherents of each navigate them. I’ve had a proposal accepted for the session, and here is the abstract: “Nerd Fundamentalism: What Do Space Can(n)ons Have To Do With [Read More…]

Doctor Who: The Brain of Morbius

The “brain in a vat” scenario is a famous philosophical thought experiment, as well as a recurrent feature in science fiction. Given its title, it may be no surprise that The Brain of Morbius features that scenario. Morbius describes his situation, having been given voice and hearing but otherwise no sensory inputs, and thus he describes [Read More…]

Hebrew Cannon

Via George Athas. I haven't seen the distinction between canon and cannon illustrated quite this pictorially before!   [Read more…]

The Canon was Decided at the Council of Orlando

IO9 reported that Disney is apparently holding a meeting to determine what will be considered part of the Star Wars canon and what won’t. It is as though we have entered a parallel universe in which Dan Brown is right about the formation of the canon, only his timing is off and the canon is [Read More…]

The Canon of Whovian Scripture

As some fans of Doctor Who have already noted, the inclusion of mention of companions of the Eight Doctor's from audiobooks in the prequel minisode “The Night of the Doctor” seems to give the stamp of canonicity to those stories. Of course, that conclusion perhaps needs to be tempered by the fact that even the [Read More…]

Your Opportunity to Write Scripture

For Pastafarian readers (and presumably also the “touched by his noodly appendage but not religious”) this may be of interest. An official call has been issued for the composition of scriptures about Flying Spaghetti Monster, for the second edition of The Loose Canon. Click through to the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster blog for [Read More…]