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They’re Still Looking for Noah’s Ark…

Why??? Come on people, give. It. Up.

Is Noah’s Ark still hiding somewhere today, waiting to be discovered? A documentary coming to theaters nationwide next week explores the ongoing search for the world’s most famous vessel and documents the dangers involved in the centuries-old quest.

Save your money. Go buy a book or donate to poor relief or buy me a Starbucks giftcard (the latter will get you out of purgatory altogether for the right amount).

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Blood Moon Hysteria and Pseudo-Theology

Listen, people, the blood moon thing is the invention of the heretic Hagee and his maniacal kindred spirits.  There’s nothing biblical about it.  So calm down.  Just chill.  Ya nuts.

If you take it seriously you’re simply buying into false teaching and when the 28th comes and goes and the world hasn’t ended you can apologize for being the perpetrator of falsehood.

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Rupert Murdoch has Purchased NatGeo

So now if you read it, you know you’re reading Murdoch’s propaganda.

Rupert Murdoch’s high-profile purchase of National Geographic — perhaps the most esteemed remaining icon of middlebrow American print culture — has touched off alarms over how the swashbuckling Australian press lord may visit a Fox News makeover on the science monthly. Murdoch, like many a right-wing mogul, is a climate change skeptic, and his flagship cable news company has famously issued editorial directives to downplay the well-established fact of human activity driving up global temperatures. Fox’s on-air talent was explicitly instructed by Washington managing editor Bill Gammon to safeguard against the blurting of the inconvenient truth about global warming during newscasts without first “immediately pointing out that such theories are based on data that critics have called into question.”

Murdoch’s acquisition of a 73 percent share of National Geographic — for a cool $725 million — is especially troubling to the cause of climate science, since the National Geographic Society (founded as a nonprofit foundation for exploration and research) administers a $1 billion grant program to research scientists. It may well be that the scientifically discredited cause of climate denialism is about to get a massive infusion of cash and ex officio prestige.

Cancel your subscription.  NatGeo is now the Fox News of science magazines.

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Eric Cline has Some ‘Serious’ ‘Competition’

Meet ‘Maverick‘- the flight nurse / ‘Biblical archaeologist’… who served as a consultant for an ‘archaeological’ expedition to find Noah’s ark…

Watch out Eric…. there are those waiting in the wings (with air nurse wings!) to dethrone you as the premier American digger.

UPDATE:  Oh boy….

Authors Aaron Judkins and Michael McDaniel talked about their new book, Alien Agenda, and how it relates to forbidden archaeology, UFOs, the Nephilim, and the coming of the Antichrist. Detailing the origins of his research, Judkins, an archaeologist, explained that he was intrigued by the preponderance of winged serpents and discs depicted by ancient cultures throughout the world. McDaniel, a theologian, traced his interest to meeting an alleged abductee and a subsequent investigation of the Bible where he found references to the UFO phenomenon. Both authors contended that UFOs are malevolent, with Judkins suggesting that the elusive nature of the phenomenon portends a sinister agenda and McDaniel connecting them to a long term plan hatched by Satan.

I think that pretty much says it all…

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Wickedpedia: Another Reason To Disdain the Worlds Largest Assembly of Dilettantes

Small British businesses and minor celebrities have been targeted by blackmailers who charged money to create positive profiles on Wikipedia.  The victims were asked for hundreds of pounds to “protect” or update online pages about their businesses, according to The Independent.  Wikipedia has blocked 381 accounts for what it calls “black hat” editing – charging money for the creation of promotional articles.   The accounts were reportedly run by a “coordinated group” of fraudsters who targeted firms struggling to get pages about their businesses on Wikipedia.  Victims are said to have included a wedding photographer in Dorset, a high-end jewellery shop in Shoreditch, east London and a former Britain’s Got Talent contestant.  Among them was British holiday company Quality Villas, based in Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire.

Where there’s fraud and misprision, there’s Wikipedia.

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Hector Avalos Wants to ‘Re-Task’ Biblical Scholars…


If Avalos really thinks that biblical scholarship should be discontinued, he should take the lead and discontinue his own activities in biblical scholarship.  Otherwise, there’s a word for him.  Hypocrite.

Were Avalos even remotely ethical as a person he would leave the field he despises.  But, alas, like the angry atheist pastors who remain in the service of the Church because they fear they cannot be employed elsewhere or simply like the money too much, so too Avalos who is either unwilling or unable to do some other sort of work.

Again, we have a word for that sort of person: hypocrite.  Poor Avalos.  To live in a field you literally despise and yet to make your living from it.  He must be terribly conflicted and terribly disoriented.

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KJV Only People Really Are Profoundly Ignorant. Profoundly.

Via Francesca on the twitter

rubbishIf you think that the KJV is somehow to be preferred to the original languages, you’re just so very wrong and so very profoundly ignorant that it boggles the mind.


Well There Ya Go: Claims of Discovery Have Now Replaced Actual Discoveries…

Egypt’s Antiquities Ministry announced this morning that a team of underwater archaeologists had discovered that remains of a large Egyptian army from the 14th century BC, at the bottom of the Gulf of Suez, 1.5 kilometers offshore from the modern city of Ras Gharib. The team was searching for the remains of ancient ships and artifacts related to Stone Age and Bronze Age trade in the Red Sea area, when they stumbled upon a gigantic mass of human bones darkened by age.

The scientists lead by Professor Abdel Muhammad Gader and associated with Cairo University’s Faculty of Archaeology, have already recovered a total of more than 400 different skeletons, as well as hundreds of weapons and pieces of armor, also the remains of two war chariots, scattered over an area of approximately 200 square meters. They estimate that more than 5000 other bodies could be dispersed over a wider area, suggesting that an army of large size who have perished on the site.

Mmmm hmmmm……  And the original source of the unproven claim is the ‘WorldNewsDailyReport’ website… which is something like the National Enquirer.

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Oh No Not Again…. Still Another End Time Date Setter

Why, Lord, why?  It’s another ‘End of the World‘ predictor.  This time it’s Oct 7 2105.  What it is about October that these nutters love so much?  I only know of this because they’re following me on the twitter (till they see this anyway).

Without further ado- end of the worlders- here’s your dilly-



‘Bad Jesus’? There’s No Way To Tell

DrHouseFacepalmA friend, or should I say former friend, sent along a copy of Hector Avalos’ latest anti-Christian screed and asked me what I thought of it.  So, I plunged right in and after a few pages knew beyond a shadow of a doubt that if I wished to proceed further I would have to abandon sense and sensibility and assume a posture of ahistorical agenda driven silliness.

Avalos is, nonetheless, here at his very best.  His very best.  Because what readers find (at least in the first 10 pages or so- that was all I could stomach) is the same sort of ‘I hate Christianity so much that I’m willing to say and write anything I can to make it look ridiculous and all of its practitioners stupid fundamentalists who – unlike myself and my sycophant toadies – are enlightened and learned’ that he spewed in his extraordinarily hypocritical ‘The End of Biblical Studies’.  If he had been honest at the conclusion of that particular foray into hate-speech disguised as academic discourse he would have resigned his post and taken up basket weaving or returned to faith healing or something besides academic pursuits in the field of biblical studies.  But instead, he deemed it proper that he would continue to earn his living from a field he both despises and wishes to see destroyed.  How’s that for intellectual honesty.

Which brings us to the point of his present book.  ‘The Bad Jesus’ is – at least as far as I could stomach it – nothing more than bad method wrapped in badly enacted atheistic propaganda.  Fair enough.  Avalos is an atheist.  Who cares.  He’s got an agenda. Who cares.  He’s not very competent as an exegete.  Who cares.  Avalos can write whatever he wants and say whatever he wants and his sycophantic fans will lap it up and spew it out like a dog regurgitates its own lunch.  Who cares.

My purpose here isn’t to dissuade him from writing (as if he would simply because I wished it) or you from reading him (because, honestly, if you have such little regard for the facts and are willing to part with a good bit of money to do it, that’s your business).  My purpose is simply to point out

  • That Avalos doesn’t prove Jesus was bad- he only proves himself a bad expositor.
  • That Avalos operates not as a scholar, but as an agenda driven activist whose aim is the end of biblical scholarship and the denunciation of Christianity.
  • That Avalos’ book is not, in my view, worth reading (unless you’re already an angry atheist- in which case you will find him a happy ally).
  • That there are much better, much wiser, much more circumspect, much more academically informed, much more insightful volumes on the subject of New Testament ethics than Avalos can provide given his blinkered and angry hate filled clouded vision.  Even Richard Hays’ book on the subject is superior.

When I finished off Avalos’ book, that is, again, what I could stomach of it, I threw it in the garbage.  I’ve only done that with one other book before (the rest I’ve sold or given away).  That, in sum, in my view, is where it belongs.  At least in that locale it can serve a useful purpose.

‘Bad Jesus’?  There’s no way to tell from Avalos’ book.  One learns nothing from it except where one left the antacid.



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