The View From Everywhere: Impartiality, Objectivity and Other Ideals

I’m grateful to Pat McCullough for drawing my attention to recent posts on the blog In The Corner With Matt. Among other interesting things, I found a quote from a recent book by Rodney Stark about history and evidence that paralleled some of my own thoughts over the past couple of days. The “postmodern” challenge [Read More...]

Quote of the Day (Denis Diderot)

“Doubts in the matter of religion, far from being acts of impiety, ought to be seen as good works, when they belong to a man who humbly recognizes his ignorance and is motivated by the fear of displeasing God by the abuse of reason.” – Denis Diderot, Addition aux Pensées philosophiques, par. 1, in Diderot, [Read More...]

Around the Blogosphere

There have been some incredibly substantive posts around the blogosphere over the past couple of days. In the domain of New Testament: Loren Rosson has an extensive overview and review of John P. Meier’s latest volume on the historical Jesus. Michael Barber considered the historicity of the temple incident. Mike Koke asked about pseudonymous works [Read More...]

Cafeteria Christianity

A comment on my previous post got me thinking about the image of “cafeteria Christianity” – the idea being of a smorgasbord from which one picks and chooses, which is not in and of itself necessarily a bad thing. I’d like to explore the metaphor further. All who consider themselves Christians are in the cafeteria. [Read More...]

Other Religions in Sunday School

Today in my Sunday school class we continued to discuss how we as Christians might, and should, view other religious traditions. To facilitate this, the pastor and I will provide an overview about some major world religions in next week’s class. Providentially or coincidentally, I found that I had taken along as scrap paper some [Read More...]

Apollos and Oral Tradition

Someone recently suggested to me the relevance of Apollos, as depicted in the story in Acts 18:18-28, to the subject of oral tradition and the spread of information in early Christianity. Here we have an individual who had apparently, on the one hand, been “instructed well” about Jesus and Christianity, and who was able to [Read More...]

See Star Trek!

I saw the new Star Trek movie last night. It is fantastic. I can’t imagine (in spite of what some have been saying) that devoted fan of the original series will not love it. Star Trek had parallel universes and alternate time lines built into it all along, and so tinkering with the “canonical history” [Read More...]

LOST: Tying the Temporal Knot

I wonder if the hiring of an actor to “play Jacob”, like the filming of multiple versions of the final scene from last season’s finale, is a ruse, and Jacob is in fact going to turn out to be someone we know well: Jack Shepherd. I wouldn’t bet money on it, not by a long [Read More...]

Jesus: Name vs. Fingerprints

Kathy Hanson has a guest post at the blog Dream Awakener on the question of whether the way we live, or the things we believe and say, ought to be paramount for Christians. Her post leads me to reflect on the fact that Jesus, for the most part, particularly in the earliest stories told about [Read More...]

LOST: Pulling Back The Curtain

We’re off to see the Wizard…er, I mean Jacob…as LOST moves towards the end of its penultimate season [There are SPOILERS ahead if you have not yet seen the most recent episode to air in the US] Last night’s episode “Follow the Leader” saw John Locke leading “his people”, the Others, to go see Jacob, [Read More...]

LOST: The End Is Near

Well, we’re getting close to the end of the season, and some pretty remarkable plot developments are carrying us along. It has been said that the finale (to be broadcast next week) will be so game-changing that we’ll wonder how the show can continue after it. My guess is that Jack and Eloise and crew [Read More...]