Wisdom of Solomon 2: An Apocryphal Prophecy About Jesus?

Among the set texts for today’s class on the Bible was Wisdom of Solomon chapters 1-3. We discussed one particular excerpt in class (2:12-20): Let us lie in wait for the righteous man, because he is inconvenient to usand opposes our actions; he reproaches us for sins against thelaw, and accuses us of sins against [Read More...]

‘Tis But A Scratch

I just looked once again at Sean Carroll’s short piece from Science Magazine, “God as Genetic Engineer“, which is a review of Michael Behe’s latest book. I had forgotten that he used this analogy. It must have embedded itself in my subconscious, because it came to mind (but without the proper attribution to its immediate [Read More...]

The Synoptic Problem and Student Papers

Studying the Synoptic Gospels (Matthew, Mark and Luke) is great preparation for being an educator. I’m convinced this is true even if your field has no direct connection to Biblical studies. Student papers can at times closely resemble each other or other possible source material. Learning to recognize lengthier agreements in order, and distinguish numerous [Read More...]

Google Reader

I can’t believe it took me so long to discover Google Reader. It is like having a web version of Outlook for your blog feeds, making clear which of the blogs you follow have posts on them that you have not read yet in much the same way that Outlook draws unread messages to your [Read More...]

Everything I Need To Know About Evolution I Learned In Kindergarten

Let me say up front that I do not mean by this title that I learned all the biology I need to know in kindergarten. That is definitely not true. Rather, in alluding to the title of a famous book, I am suggesting that there are basic principles that we learn early on that some [Read More...]

Don’t Be Too Righteous

I think that, when there are debates over the nature of the Bible, too much time is spent focused on debating whether historical details can be confirmed or whether cosmological and biological details match up with data from the sciences. In my class on the Bible yesterday, we discussed Ecclesiastes. Students expressed the same surprise [Read More...]

The Genesis Creation Stories and the Environment

Let me join others who are focusing on the environment for this blog action day. It was the pressure of an unanticipated exam question that forced me to relate the implication of academic (especially source critical) study of the creation stories in Genesis to the issues of environmentalism. The question asked whether the creation stories [Read More...]

Creationism’s Cartoon Physics

Wile E. Coyote heads towards the cliff but doesn’t see it. We’ve all seen the cartoons – he can keep running, until he looks down and notices there is no longer anything beneath his feet to support him. This is, in essence, the situation of the young-earth creationist movement. Every single objection that did not [Read More...]

Ruffled Feathers

I seem to have ruffled some feathers. The blog Telic Thoughts has posted what is not so much a response to what I wrote recently as a complaint. Mike Gene felt that I painted with too broad a brush in my earlier post in which I suggested that proponents of Intelligent Design are dishonest. I [Read More...]

Michael Behe vs. The Mousetraps Video Game

One reason Intelligent Design has trouble being taken seriously is because it lacks what all cool things must have nowadays: its own video game. To show that I have nothing personal against the proponents of ID, I thought I’d help by rectifying the problem. In the game I created, using MIT’s Scratch program, you play [Read More...]

Which is worse: Dishonestly claiming knowledge, or dishonestly claiming ignorance?

The Intelligent Design movement accuses biologists of claiming to know more, and with a greater degree of certainty, than they do. I would like to suggest that the proponents of ID are claiming to know less than they think they do. No true scientist, whether driven by intellectual curiosity or the desire to be famous, [Read More...]