What’s Your Source?

Dawn Trautman shared this image on Facebook. Does it match your perception of these sources? If not, do you assume that the issue is with the chart, or with your perception?   Also, does the infographic itself convey the message that being a political centrist is more correct than leaning to the right or left? Isn’t [Read More…]

Case Closed on the Gospel of Jesus’ Wife – but there’s more to be said at #aarsbl16

A fair amount of discussion has been taking place online about the authenticity of some new manuscripts that have come to light recently. These include one that has been dated to the 7th century BCE and which mentions Jerusalem, as well as a collection of new dead sea scrolls. And so it is time for me to revisit [Read More…]

Repairing the Tomb of Christ

Richard Engel has a fascinating report about the much-needed repairs to the part of the Church of the Holy Sepulcher that is traditionally identified as the tomb of Jesus, and the historic way that this is resulting in collaboration between Christian denominations that have often fought more than they have cooperated. Click through to get [Read More…]

Picturing Gravitational Waves

NASA must have a significant announcement to make in the press conference they will be holding later this morning. As a Facebook friend pointed out, this is probably the first time that they have ever taken the step of replacing the Astronomy Picture of the Day with a text placeholder. I am including that placeholder [Read More…]

A Message to Parents in Greenville, Virginia

Readers of this blog have presumably heard the news about a small number of parents in Greenville, Virginia who complained and threatened to pull their children out from school because children were learning about world religions, and one activity involved trying to imitate the calligraphy in which the Arabic statement of faith was written on the worksheet. [Read More…]

Philosophy News Network

From Existential Comics. Be sure to read the scrolling headlines at the bottom. [Read more…]

Speak Truth To Power

The quote comes from Annalee Flower Horne on Twitter. See also this bit of satire, showing what it would sound like if the news reported about whites the way it reports about blacks: [Read more…]

Spotting Bad Science and Scholarship

I became aware of this infographic a while back, and wanted to comment on it, both in relation to science and also in terms of how it relates to other fields.   Some of the details are relevant only to the natural sciences – there is no way to double blind test a historical reconstruction. [Read More…]

Growth of the Jedi

Tomorrow in my class on religion and science fiction, we’ll be talking about non-theistic religion depicted in science fiction, in movies like Star Wars and Avatar. Today Religion Nerd brought two links to my attention. One is a Fox News interview about Jediism. The second is Benjamin Svetkey’s article “Church of the Jedi” about spending [Read More…]

Details of the Previously Missing Doctor Who Episodes Recently Recovered

The BBC held a press conference today, then embargoed those present from publishing the details before midnight UK time. It is almost time, but some details have already begun to leak, and it is pretty amazing news. Nine parts of episodes previously lost have been recovered, and they are from the Patrick Troughton era. They [Read More…]