Outgrowing and Out-learning Young-Earth Creationism

There are a couple of interesting posts around the blogosphere related to young-earth creationism. Fred Clark has a delightful post with the title “Answers in Genesis teaches how not to read a story.” Here’s a sizable sampling: I know, I know, picking on the young-earth creationists is too easy. Fish in a barrel and all [Read More...]

Khirbet Qeiyafa’s Model Shrines and the Accuracy of the Bible

Being in the throes of grading, I am a bit late blogging about the announcement of the discovery of clay model shrines at Khirbet Qeiyafa dating from roughly 3,000 years ago. The Times of Israel has an article on the subject, and the Hebrew University issued a press release.  Demotix treats the find as evidence [Read More...]

JAAR Review of Religion and Science Fiction

I’ve been meaning to mention the review of Religion and Science Fiction in the latest issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Religion. It is written by Kevin Wetmore of Loyola Marymount University, and surveys the volume’s contents, concluding the review as follows: Overall, Religion and Science Fiction is an eclectic, interdisciplinary anthology that [Read More...]

Don’t Let Thinking People Stand In Your Way!

From ASBO Jesus. It should go without saying, but just in case, I’ll make it explicit. This is not a jibe at religion. There are religious believers, religious leaders, and religious community who welcome, encourage, and promote thinking. But there are also anti-intellectual and even anti-logical streaks in certain circles. Chances are, if you find [Read More...]

John’s Apologetic Christology for Kindle

I somehow failed to notice earlier that my first book, John’s Apologetic Christology: Legitimation and Development in Johannine Christology, is available for Kindle, at a much cheaper price than even the paperback version, and a significant reduction off even the digital list price. And so I thought I’d mention it here! [Read more...]

Time for the End of the Sectarian University?

Churches have long been instrumental in the establishment of universities. Some of the most prestigious secular universities of the present day in the United States – whether Harvard University, the University of Chicago, or Butler University [wink] – were founded by either churches or people motivated by religion, and had strong religious ties. But it [Read More...]

Doctor Who: The Invasion

The title of the Doctor Who episode “The Invasion” hints at what the story would be about, but it keeps the viewer in suspense – although with some big hints – before eventually revealing who or what would be doing the invading. Since the cover of the DVD case doesn’t keep the secret, presumably it [Read More...]

Home Safe and Sound

I’m back safe and sound and without delays from Lethbridge. Here’s a photo taken from inside Calgary Airport which scarcely does justice does no justice whatsoever to the view of the Rocky Mountains from Calgary and its vicinity. [Read more...]

Johan Halvorsen – Symphony No. 2 in D Minor “Fate” (1924)

I love that the person who has made the YouTube channel with all this wonderful music has superimposed science fiction and other futuristic images on them. [Read more...]

Leaving Lethbridge

What is a blog for, if not expressing one’s appreciation? I want to publicly thank everyone who participated in the Research in Religious Studies conference at the University of Lethbridge this weekend, not just for making me feel welcome but also simply for being part of this wonderful event. Special thanks are due to: Jim [Read More...]

Wilhelm Stenhammar Symphony No.2

I love music of the late Romantic era, and Swedish composers in particular. Here is Wilhelm Stenhammar’s Symphony No.2 in G minor op.34 from 1911. [Read more...]


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