Religion, Science Fiction, and Kosher Bacon

We were discussing technological and genetically-engineered enhancements to human (and non-human) existence in my Religion and Science Fiction class today, and an interesting question came up. Could genetic engineering be used to make a pig that not only “cloveth the hoof” but also “cheweth the cud” and thus be kosher? It turns out this question [Read More...]

Lost Untangled: The Last Recruit [Read more...]

Quote of the Day (Rev. Steve Kindle)

“Ultimately, the refusal of marriage to same-sex couples is a denial of their humanity. The first “not good” of creation was God’s discovery that “it is not good for the human to be alone.” When the church denies marriage to gay couples it is saying that you are not worthy of having your loneliness relieved [Read More...]


For a long time I’ve been thinking and writing about ideas of God and how they intersect with LOST. I am not sure why it never struck me before that Jacob, living in a statue of a deity, does what deities were often thought to do, namely inhabit their image. Not to be outdone, of [Read More...]

The LOST Recruit

What a great start to tonight’s episode of LOST! If you haven’t seen it yet, do not read on as this post is full of SPOILERS. Right at the beginning, Smokey catches up with Jack, explains why he ended up looking like John Locke, intriguingly says that Jack does in fact know “what he is,” [Read More...]

The Trinity Debate and John 17:3

There’s a debate between two individuals, Rob Bowman and Dave Burke, taking place at Parchment and Pen. One is a unitarian, the other a Trinitarian, but both assume the same view of the Bible’s authority, as far as I can tell. I have not had a chance to read the posts in any detail yet. [Read More...]

The Drama Of Jesus’ Conception

Is this what the infancy story would look like if it took place today? HT Unreasonable Faith [Read more...]

Homosexuality in Sunday School

In my Sunday school class, we’ve been working through Scot McKnight’s book The Blue Parakeet, which is very useful in helping stimulate discussion of a very important topic: Christians, even self-proclaimed “Bible-believing Christians”, do not “believe the whole Bible” and/or “take it all literally.” Scot helps readers, even conservative Christian ones, to recognize that Christians [Read More...]

White-Throated Sparrow

We still haven’t gotten a proper glimpse of the bird that has been entertaining us with its distinctive song, but we now have a definite identification based on its song. It is a White-Throated Sparrow. Here’s the song as typical in the Midwest (it varies regionally). [Read more...]

Wheaton Wright Conference Audio and Video

Thanks to both Brian LePort and Celucien Joseph for pointing out and sharing that videos and audio files from the conference on N. T. Wright at Wheaton College have been made available online. [Read more...]

Darwin 3:16

HT The Dispersal of Darwin [Read more...]