On the Anniversary of His Execution, What Can We Learn From the “First Martyr of Science”

On February 17th, 1600 A.D., Giordano Bruno, a Dominican priest, philosopher, and mathematician, was condemned as a heretic and burned at the stake by the Roman Inquisition. Among his heresies was the belief in an infinite number of worlds (similar to what physicists today call the multiverse hypothesis). In more recent times, Bruno has become somewhat of a patron saint of atheist and free thought groups, who gather each year at the statue commemorating his death in Rome. Some have even heralded … [Read more...]

Faith and Basketball

For the past few months we haven’t had ESPN in the house, but we just called to re-up. Each year about this time, my family repents from our baseball-induced backsliding even as we genuflect to that marker of faith that millions across the country recognize: the start of college basketball season. For a guy who graduated from the University of Kentucky, there’s really only one team for me to root for, although I love the talent and passion found throughout college athletics. This year, it see … [Read more...]

Millenials and Their “Radical” Faith

Over the last few months, I’ve been half-following this conversation in the Christian blogosphere about what it means to be “radical,” whether faith can be radical in the suburbs, and whether calls to radical faith are helpful or harmful for those trying to follow Jesus.  Last week Anthony Bradley, a professor at King’s College in New York City, wrote a piece that’s been bothering me.  After a long conversation with an undergraduate wrestling with the idea of vocation, Dr. Bradley wrote:I c … [Read more...]

The Kiddy Pool: Waiting on Faith and a Fictional Goose

Every week in The Kiddy Pool, Erin Newcomb confronts one of many issues that parents must deal with related to popular culture.My elder daughter has developed a mild obsession with the book Here Comes Gosling, written by Sandy Asher and illustrated by Keith Graves. The story tells the tale of a frog who spends all day eagerly preparing a party to meet his friends’ new baby gosling. Froggie even makes up a song about waiting, and repeats the song and the line “Can’t wait!” until the baby arrives … [Read more...]