Around the Blogosphere

P. Z. Myers shared this image indicating the status of the United States as a statistical outlier in at least one important respect (originally from Calamities of Nature):

Alison Campbell tries to clear up the ongoing confusion about fact and theory.

John Shuck shared some challenging thoughts inspired by Don Cupitt on solar living (and I was struck by both the similarities and the stark contrast between Cupitt’s message and this summary of the essence of Christianity by the famous Romanian Orthodox theologian Dumitru Stăniloae).

Austin Roberts discusses theologians Jürgen Moltmann and John Cobb.

While Scott Bailey, Joel Watts and Gavin Rumney defend historical critical scholarship, Peter Kirk has become so delusional that he even calls Rudolf Bultmann a “second rate scholar.”

David Lamb has Biblical trash talk about Ba’al’s bowel movements.

Randal Rauser describes a struggle to communicate with a fundamentalist about Harry Potter.

Rod of Alexandria, at least partly inspired by a book review I wrote, discusses whether science fiction and the post-colonial can co-exist.

Like a Child discusses parenting through doubt.

Máire Byrne has tidied up her blog roll.

Michael E. Smith warns about bogus conferences.

Jeffrey Small discusses myth, history, literalism and the Bible.

John Hobbins shares a suggestion for criteria for inclusion in the Biblioblog Reference Library, as well as a pdf of an interview with John Polkinghorne.

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  • Rodney Thomas

    Thanks for the link, James!

  • Andrew Bromage

    People who don’t understand statistics really shouldn’t try to fit curves to data. If the line wasn’t there, Turkey would also be a clear outlier.

  • Guest

    ***Peter Kirk has become so delusional that he even calls Rudolf Bultmann a “second rate scholar.”***

    The rest of his post is pretty good though, whereas Scott Bailey’s language in his responses is shocking and unChristian.

    • Peter Kirk

      James, thanks for the link. For a blogger any publicity is good publicity! Note who I am comparing Bultmann with when I call him “second rate”.

      Guest, thanks for the endorsement.

  • Uma Questão de Perspectiva

    In other words, USA is rich and have a significant number of creationists. You can be reach and believe in creation or evolution, or you can be poor and believe in creation and evolution. So nothing to do with nothing. As said Andrew Bromage at other comment: “If the line wasn’t there, Turkey would also be a clear outlier.

  • Gary

    And I wonder where Israel would fit on the curve? Conservative Christians would probably say low percentage for evolution. Or they may use the rating to determine the end times (whether high or low). My own personal experience on Israel tells me they would have a high percentage of belief in evolution – since most Israeli’s that I have seen and worked with are mostly secular, and highly technical from a scientific point of view. Certainly no hotbed of ID and creationism, from what I’ve seen.