Scripture and Violence

An article in Nature earlier this year showed what many of us have also encountered in the classroom: reading violent Scripture makes violence seem acceptable to the reader. At least, in my experience, it makes readers who would in any other context deplore actions, instead approve and justify them because they are found in Scripture. [Read More...]

So You Wanna Be A Provost?

PROVOST AND VICE PRESIDENT FOR ACADEMIC AFFAIRS Butler University, one of the nation’s leading master’s comprehensive universities, invites applications and nominations for the position of Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs.A vibrant university, Butler offers students, faculty, staff and the broader community an array of stimulating intellectual opportunities and inspiring cultural activities. Butler is [Read More...]

Francisco J. Ayala

The work of Francisco J. Ayala in both biology and theology is gaining significant attention around the blogosphere. William Dembski has offered a critical review of Ayala’s book Darwin’s Gift: To Science and Religion (which I also reviewed on my blog a while back). The Panda’s Thumb blog also has an entry on the book. [Read More...]

The Darwin Code

I’ll bet that many young-earth creationists and proponents of intelligent design are kicking themselves for having been beaten to the punch by Dan Brown and having their own argument used against Christianity. If there is one feature that young-earth creationism and intelligent design have in common, it is that they must both posit a conspiracy [Read More...]

On Millstones and Stumbling Blocks

In response to a comment I left on William Dembski’s Uncommon Descent blog, someone made an allusion to the Biblical language of having a millstone around one’s neck. The reference, of course, is to Mark 9:42/Luke 17:2/Matthew 18:6, where it says “whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to stumble, it [Read More...]

“That’s Not Me”: More on Bionic Women

There is much more to be said about the new series Bionic Woman (which should, perhaps, be called “Bionic Women” in the plural, since it features two main characters who are bionically enhanced females). In the scene where Jamie and Will have sex, at one point she says “That’s not me”. We needn’t speculate as [Read More...]

The $50,000,000.02 Woman

I just finished watching the season premier of the new TV series on NBC, Bionic Woman. The title of this blog entry reflects the updating of the value of the original six million dollar woman to reflect inflation – plus me adding my “two cents” worth. We’ve had various series that treat machine intelligences and [Read More...]