Michael Licona on “Flipping the Bird,” i.e., giving the finger

Mike-Licona

My friend, Mike Licona, a New Testament scholar, muses on the historical origins of flipping people off. ¬†Here's the video, as it appears on the Parchment & Pen Blog:   … [Read more...]

When conspiracy theories coalesce: the truther-birther-deather.

Consider the rare political conspiracy theorist known as the truther-birther. He not only believes the wrong guy, bin Laden, was killed, but that the wrong guy, President Obama, ordered the killing. And now we can add to this conspiracy theory stew the newly-minted, "deather," who doesn't believe bin Laden was really killed. Thus, you can in theory have someone who believes that the wrong guy issued an order to kill a guy that didn't die for a crime he did not commit. … [Read more...]

Deatherism: Donald Trump’s ticket to the White House

2 May 2011 An Open Letter to Donald Trump It is time to grab the moment, Donald. Recent events have provided you with a wonderful gift that only someone with your abilities and talents can take proper advantage. Now that birtherism is dead (thanks to you, of course), and trutherism is relegated to a few kooky academics, this is the moment of truth for the birth of deatherism, whose working slogan should be, "Where is the death certificate?" ¬†They say Osama Bin Laden is dead. But do we really … [Read more...]

How to Referee a Philosophical Debate

(HT: Joe Carter at First Things) … [Read more...]

Atheists Don’t Have No Songs

(HT: Bill Dembski at Uncommon Descent) … [Read more...]

I get nervous when I see Tea Party activists in tea party t-shirts board the plane I am on.

This means I get to keep my job as a professor! … [Read more...]

My sister, Elizabeth, in action

My sister, Elizabeth Beckwith, on the Late, Late Show ten years ago (June 2000): … [Read more...]


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