What Makes Good Good? A Case For Compassion

Those who have subscribed to the comments or keep an eye on the recent comments sidebar will know that the discussion started by my post “What Is Good?” It seems that we have two views colliding that stop at key points. One says that goodness simply is doing to others what you would want done [Read More...]

E-mailing Our Matrix

By popular demand (OK, in response to a single person’s request) I’ve added to the sidebar a widget that allows you to subscribe to this blog’s feed via e-mail. I thought I’d mention it, in case there is a second person out there who might find this feature useful. [Read more...]

Ken Schenck on The Chicago Declaration on Biblical Inerrancy

I was simply going to give a quote of the day from Ken: “When push comes to shove, those of the Chicago Statement approach consistently trump the most obvious meaning of the Bible with evangelical tradition, in my opinion.” But I really think the whole post and his series as a whole is worth a [Read More...]

Lost and Philosophy: Parts 1-2

I’ve been reading Lost and Philosophy: The Island Has Its Reasons, edited by Sharon M. Kaye (Malden: Blackwell, 2008). It helps ease the pain of no LOST until 2010. The book has four main sections, organized around the letters LOST. Part I is called “L is for Love”, a heading that does not correspond in [Read More...]

Evolution and Faith in the Blogosphere

I’ll leave it up to each reader to decide whether the title refers to “evolution and faith in the blogosphere” or “evolution and faith in the blogosphere“. The latest issue of the Metanexus magazine The Global Spiral has a piece by Nancey Murphy on non-reductive physicalism. It meshes nicely with the recent discussions here about [Read More...]

Quote of the Day (Sean Winter)

“Paul…is most interesting when you use him to think with, rather than as an excuse not to do any thinking of your own”. –Sean Winter, “Conference Report: Paul and Contemporary Philosophy“ [Read more...]

What Is Good?

In a recent discussion in the comments section of another post, the issue of morality and God came up. The argument was made that, unless there is a God who defines right and wrong, and unless God has made those standards known in his inerrantly-inspired word, then we can have no reason for judging one [Read More...]

LOST Timelines

Matthew Fox (who plays Jack Shepherd on LOST – as if you didn’t already know that) has shared some “spoilers” about LOST season 6. They aren’t so much spoilers as tantalizing hints that could be understood in more than one way. So, if you don’t want sort of spoilers, you should probably sort of stop [Read More...]

Monotheism and Me

University of Illinois Press has posted a short entry on their blog by me, on the subject of monotheism, in connection with my new book The Only True God. [Read more...]

The Anti-Creed

There was a humorous moment in Sunday school this week when, in a discussion of the Baptist principle of “soul freedom”, someone read from the American Baptist identity statement. In this statement which, when printed out runs about 3 pages, and is clearly longer than the Nicene Creed, we encountered the phrase “We accept no [Read More...]

Britons and the Resurrection

New Humanist draws attention to a poll in the British newspaper the Daily Telegraph indicating that Jesus was the top dead person that those surveyed would like to meet if they had the chance, chosen by 1/3 of those polled. No one seems to have noticed that, for conservative Christians at the very least, and [Read More...]