Cheat-Proof Final Exams?

Since it is the end of the semester, and exams are in the minds of many, it seems appropriate to return to a topic I put on hold. Rutgers University made the news when the New York Times published an article about software that was used in online courses to prevent cheating. Students are of [Read More...]

80s Rock Music for Worship

I had toyed with some reworked versions of 80s songs for use in church before – “Hosanna” to the tune of Rosanna by Toto, and “Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone)” to the tune of Open Arms by Journey. My pastor left a comment on my wall on Facebook, suggesting that we do a whole service, [Read More...]

LOST Rewatch: Ab Aeterno

The episode begins with Jacob’s visit to Ilana in the hospital. The continuation shows Jacob asking her to protect the six remaining candidates. She asks what she should do after bringing them to the temple, what she should do next, and he tells her to ask Ricardus. On the island, Richard says that he has [Read More...]

Interstellar PhD

Not a good planet for humanity’s overall survival. But perhaps a good place for a university? Or better yet, what if you get to enroll in a university on this planet, but do your research on Earth or in space, so that you can earn a PhD in an hour or less, local relative time? [Read more...]

Mrs. Asherah Yahweh Tree Service

The picture above was taken by Ryan Bonfiglio and came to my attention via Ancient Near Eastern Studies at Fuller on Facebook. But what does it mean? Does the “A” stand for Asherah, in which case this tree service is caring for trees in the name of Mrs. A. Yahweh who was often represented by a tree herself? [Read More...]

The Songs of Distant Earth Day

I thought I would wish everyone a happy Earth Day. The music in the video above is by Mike Oldfield, whose album The Songs of Distant Earth is taken from a novel by Arthur C. Clarke. Science fiction plays a particularly useful role in getting us to think about the environment, as it makes us [Read More...]

Religion in the Multiverse

IO9 recently shared a list of the nine weirdest implications of the many worlds viewpoint. One is that you are, in essence, immortal. I’ve blogged before about ways that parallel universes might provide some of the comfort traditionally offered by hope for an afterlife. But immortality comes with a price: there are countless different versions [Read More...]

LOST Rewatch: Happily Ever After

The episode begins with Zoe talking to Desmond, who had been drugged. Charles Widmore tells Desmond that he had been shot by Benjamin Linus, and now has been brought back to the island. Desmond attacks him, but Widmore’s men restrain him. Widmore orders that Desmond be brought to the generator room for a test, and [Read More...]

Tradition (No, No, This is Completely Different!)

The cartoon above is one of a few that Bruce Gerencser shared on his blog, in a post highlighting some of the conservative Christian responses to and messages about the upcoming Supreme Court decision regarding same-sex marriage in the United States. There is a special feature on this topic on the Supreme Court blog. And that [Read More...]

Doctor Who Theme (Classical Piano Version)

This is my new favorite arrangement of the Doctor Who theme. Don’t miss the pianist’s costume changes! Via Mashable. HT Jeff Carter on Facebook. [Read more...]

Genesis 2 is Not Literal (The Bible Tells Me So)

The quote comes from my recent post “Marriage is Sacred.” The point is one that I have made before, but since someone particularly liked this brief way of making the point, I thought I would turn it into a meme image. Of related interest, Andrew Perriman has a whole series on the idea of “one [Read More...]


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