God is a Mystery, not an Explanation (From the Archives)

The world we live in is full of mysteries. When we envisage the self-replicating molecules that drive life on this planet, we wonder how they could have arisen, and we seek explanations. Likewise with the very fact than anything exists at all, we wonder why there is something rather than nothing. To say “God did [Read More...]

Congratulations to Joel Watts!

One reliable sign that a blogger is taking a stand for truth and open to following the evidence where it leads is when a negative post about them appears at Answers in Genesis. Joel Watts has now had this honor. Keep up the good work! Joel and Rod already have responses and comments posted. I [Read More...]

Harmonizing Judas With Doctor Who

This post isn’t about singing harmony on a Lady Gaga song, but about turning a favorite conservative Christian passtime into a fun blogging activity. The discrepancies between the accounts of Judas’ fate, what happened to the 30 pieces of silver, and how the “Field of Blood” got its name are well known. If you aren’t [Read More...]

Happy Belated Birthday to Chick Corea!

Apparently yesterday was Chick Corea’s birthday. I’m a fan, and actually saw him with his Elektric Band live as a teenager. Here’s some music for your enjoyment from the Elektric Band era. [Read more...]

Around the Blogosphere

As I try to meet deadlines and get ready for travelling, there may be a lull in new blog posts. There have been lots of posts that I’ve noticed or which I have had drawn to my attention, which I wanted to comment on, but am not finding the time. So I’ll share the links, [Read More...]

Sycamore School on the Discovery Channel

A great local school for gifted children, Sycamore School, located here in Indianapolis, has been profiled on a series on the Discovery Channel. Here’s a video of the episode: [Read more...]

Sola Scriptura? (From the Archives)

Although I am a Protestant, I must confess that the idea of ‘sola Scriptura’, of ‘Scripture alone’, doesn’t work. It could perhaps theoretically work in Islam, where one can (assuming one doesn’t take a critical approach to the text) assume the unity of the book as a given. In the case of the Bible, such [Read More...]

Review of Holger Michael Zellentin, Rabbinic Parodies of Jewish and Christian Literature

I’m grateful to Mohr Siebeck for having sent me a free review copy of Holger Michael Zellentin’s new book, Rabbinic Parodies of Jewish & Christian Literature (Texts & Studies in Ancient Judaism, 139). Anyone who studies ancient religious literature is bound to have come across stories which seem amusing and/or satirical. But determining when stories [Read More...]

Testing 1, 2, 3

As regular readers will know, I will be traveling to Israel in a little less than 2 weeks’ time. I am intending to blog about the trip as it unfolds, and so this is a test to make sure that including photos taken using my iPad in my blog posts will work smoothly. For the [Read More...]

Climbing Mount Slippery (From the Archives)

I have blogged before about the metaphor of the slippery slope and suggested variations on itor rejecting it entirely. The image came up again in my Sunday school a while back, when Scot McKnight (in his book The Blue Parakeet) problematized the notion that changing your mind in one area automatically leads down a “slippery [Read More...]

Prove John Hobbins Wrong: Criticize Patheos!

I shared a link in my last post, but I think this deserves a post of its own. John Hobbins has shared why he can’t recommend Patheos. I can understand some of his points, while others I think are off target. But one in particular seems way off base, the idea that by joining Patheos, [Read More...]


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