Inclusive Language and Students as Customers

I had my attention drawn to a rather strange article by a Butler student. The article begins by referring to a professor requiring the use of inclusive language – that is, not saying “he” when you mean “he or she” and not using “mankind” when you mean “humankind,” and so on. But the student then [Read More...]

A Turning Point for Evangelicalism? Pat Robertson Speaks Out Against Young-Earth Creationism

Look how Pat Robertson responds to a question submitted to him by a concerned parent related to the Bible and dinosaurs. HT Hemant Mehta [Read more...]

Then Would His Other Famous Work Have Been Troy Story 2?

Via David Meadows   [Read more...]

The Star Wars Christmas Special You Always Wanted

HT Scott Bailey [Read more...]

Religion and Spirituality in Science Fiction Narratives

An interview between James F. McGrath and John W. Morehead has been quoted in a chapter focused on religion and science fiction. [Read more...]

Utilizing Thesauri to Attain a Façade of Erudition

As the end of a semester draws near, and having been reading student papers, let me offer a word of advice to any students who happen to be reading this. Thesauruses give words which overlap in meaning, and that is useful. But two words are not always interchangeable even if they are essentially synonymous. And [Read More...]

The Jesus SeM&Minar as Teaching Tool

I’ve mentioned here before the class activity  I use when teaching my course on the historical Jesus. I get students to bring M&Ms, and we re-enact the voting on sayings of Jesus undertaken by the Jesus Seminar. And we call ourselves the Jesus SeM&Minar. Keith Reich recently tried the activity in his class. Click through [Read More...]

Almost Silent Night

This is another video of me playing Christmas music – it is my own jazz arrangement of “Silent Night.” It is as rusty as “Christmas Time Is Here” is, not having been worked on since last year. So this is another “before” video – hopefully the “after” video will not only be more polished, but [Read More...]

The Sith Who Stole Christmas

I shared this last year and then forgot about it for a year, as we do with most things Christmasy. Whether it is your first time or your hundredth time seeing this, I think you’ll enjoy this Star Wars/Dr. Seuss mash-up. And I feel like I had better get started sharing some of these classics [Read More...]

Quote of the Day (Damien and John Keown)

The religions of the world are becoming increasingly aware that what unites them in ethics is greater than what divides them in theology. – Damien Keown and John Keown, “Killing, karma and caring: euthanasia in Buddhism and Christianity” in the Journal of Medical Ethics 21 (1995) 265. [Read more...]

Reading Philo in Greek

I just recently started meeting with some colleagues and a student in a Greek reading group. I suggested to a colleague in Classics that it might be interesting to read Philo of Alexandria together, and she got very excited about the idea, and some other colleagues in Religion also expressed an interest. And so lately, [Read More...]


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