Robert M. Price is an influential American scholar of Christianity, known best to a wider audience for his intelligent debating style. Many of his debates with various other scholars are still available on YouTube. He also hosts a great podcast called The Bible Geek.
Dr. Price is one of the best-known proponents of the “Christ myth theory”, the theory that there never was an actual, physical person named Jesus of Nazareth.
In addition to his seemingly endless knowledge on the Bible, he is a scholar of the works of H.P. Lovecraft.
Dr. Price’s books include:
- Incredible Shrinking Son of Man
- Bart Ehrman Interpreted
- Deconstructing Jesus
- Blaming Jesus for Jehovah
…among others. Buy his books here.
My three favorite movies? Hard to rate them, but here are a few:
Excalibur (1981), Star Wars (1977), The Avengers (2012). But there’s also Ghost Story (1981), The Dead Zone (1983), Fanny and Alexander (1982), Omen 3: The Final Conflict (1981).
Top 3 books:
Tolkien’s The Hobbit, Robert E. Howard’s Conan the Warrior, H.P. Lovecraft’s The Dunwich Horror and Others, and D.F. Strauss’ The Life of Jesus Critically Examined.
Top 3 albums:
Crosby Stills and Nash, CSN; Jesus Christ Superstar; With the Beatles.
Favorite place to read: the bed.
Our excursions into the favorite entertainments of fascinating people continue with the movie, book and music favorites of Dr. Matti Kamppinen, Adjunct Professor of Comparative Religion at the University of Turku. He also holds positions at the University of Helsinki and the University of Kuopio, and is an internationally recognized expert in his fields of study.
He was one of my favorite lecturers during my university days, a widely read and inspiring speaker with a penchant for interdisciplinary ways of approaching scientific questions. One lecture from him would provide endless, fascinating references to everything from Ancient Greek literature to the latest findings in natural sciences.
His books include:
- A Historical Introduction to Phenomenology
- Consciousness in Philosophy and Cognitive Neuroscience
- Intentional Systems Theory as a Conceptual Framework for Religious Studies
…among others. Buy them here.
Some like it hot (directed by Billy Wilder, 1959). Absolutely hilarious, even after having seen it quite many times.
Life of Brian (directed by Terry Jones, 1979). “So funny, it was banned in Norway” as it was truthfully advertised in Sweden. In addition, a solid introduction to any religion.
You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger (directed by Woody Allen, 2010). This particular WA film depicts beautifully the flow of time in human lifespan.
The Mind’s I – Fantasies and Reflections on Self and Soul (1981) by Douglas Hofstadter& Daniel Dennett is insightful, literally.
Introduction to Value Theory by Nicholas Rescher (1969) provides much-needed structures for our sloppy discussions about values.
The Moral Landscape – How Science Can Determine Human Values (2010) by Sam Harris goes a step further and intends to bridge the fact/value divide. Excellent antidote for overdoses of postmodernism.
Duke by Genesis, Division Bell by Pink Floyd, and Going for the One by Yes.