Alternative Heaven

From cartoonist Pat Byrnes. Is any further comment necessary? Is it necessary to point out that the substitution of lies in place of truth is itself already diabolical, and the rebranding of lies as though they were merely a variant form of truth is even more so? [Read more…]

Rewatching The Black Hole

I just rewatched the science fiction movie The Black Hole, to introduce my son to it. I was particularly eager to see what I myself thought of the ending, and indeed whether it meant what I had interpreted it to mean when I watched it in my youth. And I wondered what my son would [Read More…]

David’s Son, David’s Lord

I should probably have looked into this question more than I have up until this point. What is the meaning of the riddle in Mark 12, in which Jesus asks how the Messiah can be David’s son, when he is called David’s lord in Psalm 110? The question came up in the comments on my [Read More…]

What is the Genesis of this Image?

I’ve been asked about the original source of the image above, illustrating how people in the Ancient Near East viewed the cosmos. It is an image that I shared on my blog in the past. Do any blog readers know what the original source of the image it? If so, please leave a comment. Thank [Read More…]

Mythicism: As Unlikely on Earth as it is in Heaven

I recently received a question in a comment on an older post about mythicism, and thought I would share my answer in a post, since I doubt that many people are still following the post in question, which is from three years ago. Mythicists often emphasize that Paul never explicitly says that Jesus was crucified [Read More…]

Doctor Who: Heaven Sent

This episode begins with a monologue about the sense of life being lived in constant threat of danger and death. The Doctor thinks about Clara’s death, and is angry in a way that we have rarely seen. The Doctor has been brought to a castle, but with TV screens on the walls. The Doctor realizes [Read More…]

Is Heaven a Metaphor in the Bible?

There is such a thing as being too rigidly literalistic. But sometimes we fall into the opposite pitfall and treat things as metaphors when ancient people would have assumed they were statements of literal fact. I’ve mentioned the “heart” as one example in the past. Is “heaven” another? Keith Reich has been blogging about the [Read More…]

Do All Creatures Go To Heaven?

Too often people accept concepts and ideas without ever taking the time to think through the implications. From Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal. HT Jerry Coyne. [Read more…]

The Hand on the Mirror

I confess that when I was included in the book club discussing Janis Durham’s book The Hand on the Mirror: A True Story of Life Beyond Death, I was not entirely enthusiastic. I had blogged about books about near-death experiences by Eben Alexander and Mary Neal, and they left me skeptical. I was delighted to [Read More…]

Messing With Absolutists

Today’s Non Sequitur. If God is a personal being, then God would have to have a sense of humor, to put up with the things that are said about God and in the name of God. If God was as intolerant as some of God’s purported followers are and make God out to be, then either [Read More…]