Quote of the Day (Gerd Theissen and Annette Merz)

“The ‘non-eschatological Jesus’ seems to have more Californian than Galilean local colouring” (Gerd Theissen and Annette Merz, The Historical Jesus (Minneapolis: Fortress, 1998) p.11) [Read more...]

The Social Soul

Yesterday in my Religion and Science class we talked about what is meant by the ‘soul‘ and how it relates to other terminology such as ‘mind’ and ‘brain’. One of the students, Andrew Gillen, had some thoughts that were so interesting I just have to write them down and also share them. (That’s the great [Read More...]

Does The Universe Have A Purpose?

The Templeton Foundation has asked a number of scientists this question: “Does The Universe Have A Purpose?” The varied answers they received vary are shared on their web site. (Thanks to millinerd for sharing this on his own blog). [Read more...]

What Would Jesus Read?

In response to a post about Scripture and canon on the Emerging from Babel blog, I suggested we might approach a text like Ecclesiastes in the following way: I suppose one way to approach it is to recognize that Ecclesiastes is both somewhat marginal in the canon, but nonetheless necessary. Faith without any element of [Read More...]

What is a mystic?

A mystic is someone who knows what he or she isn’t talking about. [Read more...]

Quote of the Day (Albert Einstein)

“Generations to come will scarce believe that such a one as this ever in flesh and blood walked upon this earth” (Albert Einstein). These words were apparently spoken by Einstein about Gandhi. Can anyone help me find the source of the quotation? Last night we showed the famous Gandhi movie for students taking the South [Read More...]

Genesis Rewritten

In the beginning, God spokebut there were no ears to hearnor was there an atmosphere to carry the sound.God said, “let there be light”but there was no eye to behold its brightnessor to discern and distinguish its rainbow colors. Billions of years passed,and now there were people who could see, hear and create,and so they [Read More...]

Was Jesus “More Apocalyptic” Than His Mentor?

I don’t post often enough on my current research area, the historical study of Jesus, so I’m glad when a conversation turns my thoughts (and my blogging) in that direction. A recent comment mentioned one of the classic arguments for an ‘apocalyptic’ Jesus – i.e. one that proclaimed the imminent ‘end of the world’. The [Read More...]

Quote of the Day (Jeremy Campbell)

“Newton gave us a God of awesome power, sovereign, absolute. He was Lord of Dominion, ruler supreme. At the same time, he was given specific, somewhat menial tasks to perform, among them making periodic corrections to the motions of the celestial bodies” (Jeremy Campbell, The Many Faces of GOD (New York: W. W. Norton & [Read More...]

Number of Non-Religious Supporters of Intelligent Design has risen at least 400%!

The number of supporters of intelligent design who are not religious seems to be rising rapidly. I remember when there didn’t seem to be any. Now there is an organization/blog for such people. ICON-RIDS stands for “International Coalition of Non-Religious ID Scientists & Scholars”. The blog has two contributors. Add that to one person I [Read More...]

Quote of the Day (Jesus)

“To take away a neighbor’s living is to murder him; to deprive an employee of his wage is to shed blood” (Wisdom of Jesus son of Sira, 34: 22). Apologies if anyone assumed from the post’s title that I meant some other person named Jesus. It was a common name, you know… [Read more...]


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