The Vatican Museum

Another location that I visited while in Rome last summer was the Vatican, and given my interests, I had to get to the Vatican Museum. Here are some photos from that visit – I invite you to stroll through the museum and share my experience! But before we go in and wander together, first, here [Read More…]

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Museo di Scultura Antica Giovanni Barracco

Even now, I have not managed to share all the interesting photos from my visit to Italy this summer. One place that I serendipitously happened across and entered was the Giovanni Barracco Museum of Ancient Sculpture. Once you see what is inside, it is hard to believe that it is not a major attraction, with [Read More…]

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Museum of Science Fiction Journal of Science Fiction

Via Religion CFP and Penn English CFP, I learned that a new journal is being launched: MOSF Journal of Science Fiction. There is a call for papers for the inaugural issue. Here are the details: MOSF Journal of Science Fiction’s Inaugural Issue — DEADLINE: Nov. 30 full name / name of organization: Museum of Science Fiction [Read More…]

A Right To Be Free

The quote from Holocaust survivor Eva Kor comes from an article on the WISH TV website, about Kor’s experience when she came face to face with former Nazi guard Oskar Groening. Kor lives in Indiana and runs the Candles Holocaust Museum. Forgiveness is sometimes the biggest victory that a person can win over someone who [Read More…]

Eva Kor to Speak at Butler Commencement

It was announced today that Holocaust survivor Eva Kor, who runs the Candles Holocaust Museum, will be speaking at Butler University’s commencement this year, and will receive an honorary doctorate. Just this morning, before receiving the e-mail about the above, I saw an article about Kor forgiving a former white supremacist. Kor is quoted as [Read More…]

Arrogance and Ignorance are an Unpleasant Combination

HT Pharyngula and Crocoduck, and also Hemant Mehta, who has a practical way you can oppose Megan Fox’s crusade for ignorance. The video is incredibly disturbing, an illustration of the willingness of an individual who doesn’t even know how to pronounce words or their meaning to nonetheless make confident assertions about them, which is simply [Read More…]

Unicorn Museum

There is a parody site for a “Unicorn Museum” which includes images such as those above and below. One thing that makes this parody particularly useful is that it is liable to be met with objections that it is unfair ridicule. But why is taking fire breathing dragons or the ark as museum-worthy less ridiculous [Read More…]

Ancient Israelite House

Photos of a replica of an ancient Israelite house from the Houses of Ancient Israel exhibit at the Semitic Museum at Harvard University. Via the Ancient Art Tumblr   [Read more…]

Free Book: Age of spirituality: Late antique and early Christian art, third to seventh century

Via the blog Hieroi Logoi, I learned that the catalog from a Metropolitan Museum of Art exhibit of Late Antique Christian art in 1970s, with the title Age of spirituality: Late antique and early Christian art, third to seventh century, is available as a free pdf download. It can also be read online. The book [Read More…]

Old City of Jerusalem

  Today most of our time was spent in the old city of Jerusalem. We started at the Kotel, the Western Wall or Wailing Wall, which is the last remaining wall of the second temple, i.e. the temple that was standing in Jesus’ time and which was destroyed by the Romans in the year 70. [Read More…]