No Scientific Revelation in the Bible

As several other bloggers have already mentioned, Jesus Creed featured a post recently about John Walton’s emphasis on the fact that the Bible includes no scientific revelation. Here is a relevant quotation from Walton, a leading Evangelical scholar with particular expertise in Genesis: I just want to make two quick points here. The first one [Read More...]

The Mandaeans and John the Baptist

I was asked a question on the Mandaean Book of John blog, and thought I’d share my answer here as well. The question was about whether there could have been a historical connection between John the Baptist and the Mandaeans. Here’s what I answered: I think that it is entirely possible that there is some [Read More...]

The Real Differences Between Atheists and Christians (according to Twitter)

Hemant Mehta has shared some fascinating infographics indicating which words are used more frequently by atheists or by Christians on Twitter. It is definitely interesting. Atheists not only swear more frequently. They also mention “hell” and “Bible” more often too. But you’ll get more “blessed,” “praise,” and “Jesus” and “Christ” from Christians. Here is one [Read More...]

Pre-Emptive Judgment

M. J. Shepherd posted this cartoon, in response to something Pat Robertson said about DOMA, Prop 8, and Sodom and Gomorrah. It is important to always remember that not everyone, even among conservative Christians, thinks like Pat Robertson. Take a look, for instance, at Jeremy Smith’s post on the “laws of God,” and Todd Mangum’s [Read More...]

We Promise (Fingers Crossed)

David Hayward's latest cartoon.   [Read more...]

Geddy Lee on Religion, Spirituality, and “Positive Energy”

Tom Beaudoin, a theology professor at Fordham University who blogs at Rock and Theology, asked Geddy Lee of the band Rush about his thoughts on the relationship between music and spirituality. This was his answer: It is interesting to hear him articulate that a strict religious upbringing killed any love he might have had for [Read More...]

Nothing New Under The Sun

It is being reported that Texas Rep. Louie Gohmert is saying that same-sex marriage is something that has historically been introduced at the end of a civilization's history. He appeals in support of this claim to Solomon as the “most wise man” [sic] and his statement that “there is nothing new under the sun.” Solomon, [Read More...]

By Vectron!

From Mitchell and Webb. HT Jim Linville. Although in comically exaggerated fashion, it could serve as a nice conversation-starter on the way things get invented and their recent origin forgotten surprisingly quickly. Or about the usefulness of ritual. By Vectron’s knees, crack open a bottle of Chablis and talk about this! [Read more...]

Vridar No Longer Available

I was in the process of writing a response to Neil Godfrey’s latest accusation against me, when Joel Watts drew my attention to the fact that his blog Vridar has apparently been shut down by WordPress: I hope this is not the result of someone who finds the content on the blog objectionable making a [Read More...]

2013 String Scholars Camp Finale Concert

I already shared the hilarious finale piece, “Remote Control.” Here are the other pieces performed by the full orchestra: Gustav Holst’s “Jupiter,” Van Morrison’s “Moondance,” Bernard Herrmann’s “Psycho,” ¬†and William Hofeldt’s “Lullaby.” [Read more...]

Remote Control

I’ll share some other music from the finale concert of this year’s String Scholars Camp at Butler University on another occasion. But I want to highlight this final piece from the concert, “Remote Control” by Richard Meyer. It is a wonderful bit of musical comedy. Richard Auldon Clark is the conductor, and Karen Thickstun is [Read More...]


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