The Two Atheisms: How to Know Smart People Cannot Get “Is” From “Ought”

When I was a boy, so long ago the New Atheists were young men, atheism was sold to us in many a science fiction book as freedom from the sexual repression that was killing us all. Someday, writers like Isaac Asimov promised, sex would be less of a mystery and a great deal more available. [Read More…]

Like Patheos Evangelical on Facebook!

Patheos Evangelical LogoCLICK HERE TO "LIKE" PATHEOS EVANGELICAL ON FACEBOOK

Genius that Isn’t Sure: Canterbury Tales

Chaucer did not wrote a book called Cranberry Tales despite what one of my students thought. Instead, he wrote Canterbury Tales, and then came to regret it. He said (translated from Middle English): Now pray I to you all that hear this little treatise or read it, that if there be anything in it that likes them, [Read More…]

Like Patheos Evangelical on Facebook!

Patheos Evangelical LogoCLICK HERE TO "LIKE" PATHEOS EVANGELICAL ON FACEBOOK

We are Running Away Naked

When Jesus was arrested, not many people covered themselves in glory, but one person in particular wasn’t covered at all. The  historical records note: And a young man followed him, with nothing but a linen cloth about his body; and they seized him, but he left the linen cloth and ran away naked. This odd [Read More…]

Like Patheos Evangelical on Facebook!

Patheos Evangelical LogoCLICK HERE TO "LIKE" PATHEOS EVANGELICAL ON FACEBOOK

Holmes, Houdini, and Looking for Mystery in all the Wrong Places

I love Sherlock Holmes stories. On any given night, I go to sleep hearing Charlton Griffen read the stories to me. Somewhere in my heart, it is always 1895 and the game is always afoot. Thank you, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Oddly, this bright medical doctor went off into an odd mental corner. He became [Read More…]

Like Patheos Evangelical on Facebook!

Patheos Evangelical LogoCLICK HERE TO "LIKE" PATHEOS EVANGELICAL ON FACEBOOK

Knowing What the Card Means: Valentine’s Day

When I was a boy, so long ago that you could play outside all day without adult supervision, there was an odd custom. At Clendenin Elementary School, we would hand out cards to everyone in the class. These cards were sometimes homemade, but most often purchased in boxes from Kroger’s. There were Peanuts gang cards, [Read More…]

Like Patheos Evangelical on Facebook!

Patheos Evangelical LogoCLICK HERE TO "LIKE" PATHEOS EVANGELICAL ON FACEBOOK