The Fourth Cylon of the Apocalypse

This is the latest artistic depiction of religion and science fiction intersecting from Jeff Carter. [Read more…]

Mythicism and Paul’s Claims to Supernatural Revelation

Mythicists regularly claim (as one commenter on this blog recently did) regarding Paul that “Our earliest Christian source claimed to have learned nothing from the Christians who came before him.  He claimed to know what he knew by divine revelation.” Since the subject has come up once again, in the same form in which it [Read More…]

Call for Papers: Histories of the End

Via Deane Galbraithe: Call for papers: Histories of the End In 2012 Relegere will publish a special issue dedicated to reception histories of the end times, however they might be imagined, in religious contexts. We welcome reception histories not only of Christian imaginaries of the book of Revelation, but also of the end of days in [Read More…]

The Significance of 666 Revealed

For some people, it is not clear why the number 666 was chosen to represent a power hostile to Christianity. But the photo below (HT Hemant Mehta) explains it: [Read more…]

Sci-Fi Around the Biblioblogosphere

If you hang around this blog a lot, you might not realize that discussion of sci-fi on biblioblogs is not universal, although it is not exactly uncommon either. Today, Scot McKnight shared a link to and excerpt from an article in The Chronicle of Higher Education on what led a programmer of robots to switch [Read More…]

The Ouzo Prophecy

I presume that professors in most fields get e-mails and/or packages with manuscripts from people who are sure they have incredible insights into this, that, or the other. Today I received an e-mail sharing a link to “The Ouzo Prophecy” and I thought I would share it, because it is just so amusing. The funniest [Read More…]

Respect God’s Privacy

After a failed prediction of the Rapture or the end of the world, there are always a variety of reactions: some are disappointed, some relieved, some unsurprised, some smug, some frustrated. What should not be missed, however, is that we live in a world in which, on the one hand, some people actively seek and [Read More…]

The Book of Revelation: How It Should Have Ended

Today in my class on Revelation we were up to chapter 19, which features the second of three instances in which we expect a climactic battle only to have no battle described and the victory of God/Christ proclaimed. We had previously discussed the challenges of turning absolute monotheism into a narrative with plot, suspense and [Read More…]