Beauty in Dark Times

There is a very interesting set of upcoming events for those living in the Indianapolis area, focusing on the music of Arvo Pärt. On February 4th at 7pm, at St. George’s Orthodox Church in Fishers, Indiana, there will be performances of Pärt’s music, one choreographed with a dance performance by students from the Indianapolis School [Read More...]

No Greater Love (Updated Version)

It stumbles on its wording a little. But I still think the new version is intelligible, and makes a nice point through humor. When someone puts down their phone and gives you their full attention nowadays, it is an expression of their utmost respect. We could also add a version of John 10:18: “No one [Read More...]

The Real Difference Between Creationism and Mythicism

Creationists can find 3,000 academics who will sign a statement against evolution. That’s not 3,000 academics in relevant fields, just 3,000 academics, including retired ones. I’ve yet to see mythicism show any sign of even coming close to that. And yet supposedly we are to believe that creationism’s 3,000 are irrelevant, but the 10 or so mythicist [Read More...]

A Hole-Shaped God

The image above comes from Neil Carter’s blog, and I made a note of it as something to come back to at a later point. But then Kyle Roberts shared a quote from Neil Gillman, asking whether humans invent God or discover God. I appreciated his point that it is not necessary to give an either/or answer. [Read More...]

The Marrakesh Declaration: Religious Minorities in Muslim Lands

If you haven’t heard yet, a statement has been issued by a group of hundreds of Muslim scholars, called the Marrakesh Declaration, on the subject of religious minorities in predominantly Muslim countries. After an extensive preamble explaining the context and background, the group does the following: Call upon Muslim scholars and intellectuals around the world to [Read More...]

Word Clouds to Assess Learning

I really like the suggestion that Shayna Sheinfeld shared in a recent article, for using word clouds in a pre-test and then post-test in classes. If you ask students what they think, or think they know, about a topic, on the first day of class or the start of a new unity, and create a word [Read More...]

The Gist of Jesus

It has been interesting teaching my course on the historical Jesus again. Even in the few years that have passed since the last time I taught it, the strong shift in the academy away from an older approach to the subject has been very noticeable. Much of this is due to the impact of the work [Read More...]

What Do Conservatives Conserve?

We all need a reminder from time to time that the traditions which the conservative hold on to and seek to preserve are not from time immemorial. This topic came up in my Sunday school class recently, and one individual said that he knew people who remembered how the advent of electric lighting in churches in [Read More...]

Metropolitan Youth Orchestra 20th Anniversary Classical Concert

Here are the videos of MYO’s Orchestra A’s performances at their recent Classical Concert at the Hilbert Circle Theater. They performed a movement from Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony: The Bach Concerto for Two Violins (with double the soloists): And Hoedown from Aaron Copland’s Rodeo: If you’d like to learn more about the Metropolitan Youth Orchestra, here’s [Read More...]

Patterns of Evidence: Exodus

In my class on the Bible we recently covered the story of the Exodus. Just before we reached that point, I noticed a mention of a new documentary, which seemed to be recycling old ideas, called Patterns of Evidence: Exodus, which in turn is based on the book Exodus – Myth or History? by David Rohl. [Read More...]

The Skeptical Zoroastrian

Question: What do you call someone who doesn’t know whether two gods exist? Answer: A “diagnostic.”   HT Vance Socci for the joke. [Read more...]


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