Quote of the Day (Keith Ward)

“Religious beliefs cannot remain what they were before the rise of modern science any more than ancient scientific beliefs can. It would be absurd to insist that ancient religious beliefs should remain unchanged when our whole view of the universe has changed radically” (Keith Ward, The Big Questions in Science and Religion (West Conshohocken: Templeton [Read More...]

Discovered by Discover

The Bad Astronomy blog over at the Discover magazine web site mentions me and links to my post on “Evolution and Indoctrination“. To think that if Jim West hadn’t posted what he did, none of this might have happened… [Read more...]

Dharma Wants You

The Dharma Wants You site is still recruiting for the Dharma Initative. To register you first take a test. There is someone talking in places in a language I don’t understand. Presumably there are clues to be found on the site. One thing you can do after registering is create your own quiz. Click here [Read More...]

Around the Blogosphere

Jesus Creed reflects on apostasy from orthodoxy. Metacatholic points out a Christian reconstructionist web site about Palin. Debunking Christianity has a game theory approach to Genesis 3. It is problematic, but also interesting, and certainly worth a look. For a rabbinic approach, check out the wonderfully-named Sefer Ha-Bloggadah. As I wait for my book to [Read More...]

Home Sweet Home

I was surprised when, seeing a New Testament position in New York City advertised recently, I did not feel extremely tempted to apply. As a native of NYC, I do miss it, enough so that I was rather glad when, coming back from an overseas conference trip not that long ago, we missed a connection [Read More...]

Blogging LOST

Here are links to all the substantial posts I’ve written about LOST (so far): LOST: The Island and the PeopleReligion and Morality in an Infinite MultiverseLOST in a Parallel UniverseLOST in a Zoroastrian MultiverseLOST TheoriesLOST Tabula RasaLOST and SolitaryLOST Mothers of the ChosenWhy the Red Sox Always LOST the World SeriesDeus ex Machina LOST BooneLOST [Read More...]

Jesus and Tom Riddle as Children

Today in my class “Heresy” (about extracanonical early Christian literature) we looked at the infancy Gospels of James and Thomas. The former had stories nad traditions that were familiar to several students. The latter was, as always, a surprise and a bit of a puzzle for them. But how can one not find fascinating a [Read More...]

Students and Sources

The Butler University library has been working to provide resources to help students identify and appropriately use reliable sources in their studies and independent research. I mentioned once before the library’s helpful plagiarism tutorial. Since then, my friend and colleague Brad Matthies has created another online course about sources, which helps students discern between different [Read More...]

LOST in a Hot Air Balloon

I’m continuing watching old episodes of LOST, and am about two-thirds of the way through season 2. In the episode “The Whole Truth“, I was struck to notice (I hadn’t before) that the pregnancy test Sun took was made by Widmore Labs. So when Kate asked ironically “Who carries a pregnancy test with them on [Read More...]

End of the American Century: Bankrupt America

My colleague Dave Mason created a blog connected to his new book, The End of the American Century. Since he has now posted his first blog entry, I thought I’d try to send him some traffic and give him a baptism of fire into the wonderful world of blogging. His first post is entitled “Bankrupt [Read More...]

More Music from the Archive

In addition to books about composers and sheet music, archive.org has actual music that you can listen to and download. I presume few readers have heard the American Symphony (No.3) by Romanian composer Serban Nichifor, so I’ll offer it as one example. [Read more...]