Mind-Changing as Religious Imperative

Paul writes about being transformed through the renewing of your mind (Romans 12:2). But for some reason, many Christians seem to think that changing one’s mind is a bad thing, a sign of weakness or backsliding or whatever. Once again, what Christians are commanded to do in the Bible has become something modern Christians avoid doing and [Read More...]

Why Study Humanities?

This is the answer given by John Horgan in Scientific American to science and engineering students skeptical of their relevance to them: We live in a world increasingly dominated by science. And that’s fine. I became a science writer because I think science is the most exciting, dynamic, consequentialpart of human culture, and I wanted to be [Read More...]

Salus Extra Ecclesiam

David Hayward posted this cartoon, under the title “Two Differing Views of Church”: One could do the same with the Bible, Jesus, and just about anything else. And Christians have had these discussions, and disagreed about the answers to them, as far back as we can trace.   [Read more...]

Doctor Who 50th Anniversary 3D Special Trailer

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That Doesn’t Exactly Settle It

Joel Watts shared this on Facebook. I think that more qualifications need to be added below the “God said it” since this still gives the impression that we have God-authored exact words which, if we could just interpret them correctly, then we’d get the right answer. It isn’t just the presence of human interpretation in [Read More...]

The Daily Show on Conservative Christians’ Persecution Complex

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Discovering How Not to Make a Lightbulb (or a Church)

My colleague Gautam Rao created posters for this past year's year-long series of events at Butler University centered around the theme of risk. Here is one of them, plus a second item he made explaining the inspiration for the first: The quote from Thimas Edison, that he had not failed over the years, he had [Read More...]

The Future of Churches

IO9 had a post focused on images of church buildings which have been repurposed for secular use. I will share some select examples below, but click through for many more. Churches can react to this with fear, or treat them as inspiration. In some instances, it might make more sense to the life of Christian [Read More...]

Upcoming Blog Tour: When God Spoke Greek

Brian Le Port and Abram Kielsmeier-Jones blogged about a blog tour that I’ll also be participating in, and so I will simply quote Abram here: …I’ll be joining a group of bloggers in reviewing Timothy Michael Law‘s forthcoming When God Spoke Greek: The Septuagint and the Making of the Christian Bible. Brian LePort at Near Emmaus is hosting. Here is [Read More...]

The Weakling God of the Religious Right

Much religious conservativism is blatantly self-contradictory. Take this tweet from Fox News commentator Todd Starnes in response to the supreme court decision about DOMA: The God that Todd Starnes and others like him believe in is apparently one who wants his will imposed on society, but lacks the power either to compel or to persuade [Read More...]

DOMA and Prop 8 Struck Down

In a 5-4 decision, the United States Supreme Court has struck down the Defense of Marriage Act! Read the text of the decision here. A key quote from towards the end: The federal statute is invalid, for no legitimate purpose overcomes the purpose and effect to disparage and to injure those whom the State, by [Read More...]


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