Religion and Race in the African-American Experience

I wasn’t able to attend this public lecture at Butler University due to a scheduling conflict, and so I am glad that the video of the event is now on YouTube, and thought I’d also draw attention to it here. [Read more...]

When is the Bible the “Word of God”?

It is obvious to anyone who has thought about the matter that the Bible is not the “words of God.” It includes words attributed to Satan, to say nothing of words to which human authors like Paul have explicitly assigned their names. But even when it comes to the possible metaphorical senses of “Word of [Read More...]

Gamification: Sisyphus and Students

This comic from Existential Comics got me thinking about gamification in education. Sometimes tediously repetitive tasks are a necessary part of learning, and in such instances, gamification may offer real help. But sometimes as educators we fail to make the activities themselves more interesting, settling for busy work with no clear purpose. And so let’s [Read More...]

Sam Harris the Powerful Philosopher

I was unaware of Existential Comics’ unofficial comic section until someone drew the gem below to my attention, which rather mercilessly satirizes the New Atheists who simply ridicule religious thought where more serious critics in the past have recognized worthy adversaries even when they adamantly disagreed with them: [Read more...]

Materializing the Bible

I had an online resource come to my attention recently, called Materializing the Bible. It is a collection of those places where an attempt is made to take some element of the Bible an recreate or reenact it in the present day. Another resource that was drawn to my attention is The Virtual World Project, which [Read More...]

Doctor Who: Before the Flood

The entire episode “Before the Flood” is about the bootstrap paradox, something that comes up sooner or later in every science fiction story, and is nothing new to Doctor Who. But this episode tackles it explicitly – indeed, so explicitly that the opening segment prior to the credits is essentially a PSA about the bootstrap paradox. [Read More...]

Syriac Summer School

VHMML has added a range of resources to its website, including a school for learning to read Syriac manuscripts. Byzantine News shared news about the summer school HMML and Dumbarton Oaks will be holding this summer. Tony Burke blogged about the critical edition of the Syriac Infancy Gospel of Thomas that he has been working on. Of [Read More...]

A Critical and Relevant Faith

C. Drew Smith has written a post, highlighting his new book, Reframing a Relevant Faith. In the post, he writes: Critically thinking about the faith is not equivalent to criticizing the faith, as some may think, although that may be part of critical thinking.  Rather, thinking critically about the faith is to continue to ask questions, [Read More...]

More Star Wars Icons

Via Mike Bird, I became aware of Alex Ramos’ Star Wars icons. Click through to see more of them. [Read more...]

Sagan on Scholarship

This quote from Carl Sagan sums up well a point I have tried to make on this blog many times, about the two poles of scholarship. If one just has openness to new ideas, one is liable to end up embracing all kinds of nonsense. If one just has skepticism, one is liable to be unwilling [Read More...]

Rapture Survivor Card

It’s Thursday, and so don’t forget to get your card stamped… [Read more...]