Weekly Buzz: 1/26/15

Bill Nye Bill Belichick

(Photo, sans text: Mark Schierbecker)

The Science Guy wades into “deflate-gate,” and the co-author of The Boy Who Came Back From Heaven admits he made the whole thing up.

Bill Nye Slams Bill Belichick

Q: What is deflate-gate?

A: A controversy that erupted after it came out that the New England Patriots might have cheated in their last game: 11 of the 12 game balls they used on offense in the AFC championship were inflated less than the league allows. This underinflation can make balls easier to throw and catch.

New England’s head coach, Bill Belichick, arranged a press conference on Saturday to explain why the Patriots aren’t cheaters. The coach argued that the atmosphere, among other factors, accounted for the Patriots’ footballs being underinflated.

Bill Nye spoke out against Belichick yesterday: “What he said didn’t make any sense.” Of course, Nye is also a huge Seattle Seahawks fan, the team playing New England in this weekend’s Super Bowl.

Check out the ABC News video above for the full report. Don’t miss SNL‘s hilarious take on this story, which includes a great reference to A Few Good Men.

“‘Boy Who Came Back From Heaven’ actually didn’t; books recalled”

That’s right, the co-author of this book admitted he fabricated it. The Washington Post has the details:

Tyndale House, a major Christian publisher, has announced that it will stop selling “The Boy Who Came Back From Heaven,” by Alex Malarkey and his father, Kevin Malarkey.

The best-selling book, first published in 2010, purports to describe what Alex experienced while he lay in a coma after a car accident when he was 6 years old. The coma lasted two months, and his injuries left him paralyzed, but the subsequent spiritual memoir – with its assuring description of “miracles, angels, and life beyond This World” – became part of a popular genre of “heavenly tourism.”

Earlier this week, Alex recanted his testimony about the afterlife. In an open letter to Christian bookstores posted on the Pulpit and Pen Web site, Alex states flatly: “I did not die. I did not go to Heaven.”

For more on near-death experiences, check out a new study about them and my interview with Howard Storm — who says he died, had a hellish experience, and then met Jesus.

Old Testament Scholar Peter Enns on God, Genocide, and the Bible

Enns offered some initial thoughts on a new book by Paul Copan and Matthew Flannagan: Did God Really Command Genocide?: Coming to Terms with the Justice of God.

Hollis Phelps on Ryan Bell’s Experiment with Atheism

Hollis Phelps wrote an interesting Religion Dispatches article about Ryan Bell, the former Christian pastor who tried out atheism for a year. Bell recently announced that his experiment is over, but he will remain an atheist.

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