Award For Most Ridiculous Statement On An Exam

I’ve read some real gems over the years, but this is this year’s best so far (and it is hard to imagine anyone could beat it): “In 1941 an Italian expedition found the stone with Pointus Pilate engraved. Also found next to his name was the word that means Roman Empire. This find proves Pointus [Read More...]

Wabash Center Workshops

Anyone who teaches theology or religion and has never looked into the workshops and other resources and support that the Wabash Center has to offer are missing out. I benefitted immensely from the workshop I attended. In addition to the helpful opportunity to interact with other professors in similar and very different institutions, and to [Read More...]

Christians Who Hate and a Muslim Who Helps

For many Christians, being a Christian is about being right and everyone else being wrong. For such individuals, there is no actual understanding of what Christianity teaches, except on some vague level. Being a Christian is, for such people, not about living a certain way, or adhering to certain values that involve turning the other [Read More...]

Dethroning Jesusanity

I just finished reading the recent book Dethroning Jesus: Exposing Popular Culture’s Quest to Unseat the Biblical Christ by Darrell Bock and Daniel Wallace. My overall impression is that it makes some valid points, but because on the whole the book is dedicated to toeing the authors’ understanding of the conservative theological party line, most [Read More...]

Quote of the Day (Stephen Moshier)

“Many of us at Christian colleges really grieve at what a problem this young-earth creationism makes for the Christian witness. It’s almost like they’re adding another thing you have to believe to become a Christian. It’s like saying, You have to believe the world is flat to be a Christian, and that’s absolutely unreasonable” (Stephen [Read More...]

LOST Teaser: Oh My Gosh, Charlie Is In It!

OK, so I’m enough of a fan that I waited for the LOST trailer to load even over dial-up. It is worth seeing, even though (like most clips of this sort) it is quick snippets going by very fast. The most interesting shot? Charlie. He’s dead, but the dead have returned on the island before. [Read More...]

O Little Town Of Nazareth

Biblical Archaeology has offered two perspectives on a discussion that is also gaining momentum in the blogosphere. Michael Halcomb and Metacatholic are exchanging posts, and of course I have shared some thoughts on the subject in the past. In this particular exchange, I have to side with those who are against forcing a harmonization of [Read More...]

Kid Nation

Tonight the last episode of Kid Nation aired. The show will be missed, although this is not to suggest that children should have been or should be kept away from their families for longer periods of time, for our entertainment. But the show didn’t just invent a new reality TV gimmick. It gave a group [Read More...]

Scam E-Mail From Barrister Daniel Sampah

Just as I was posting the last entry, I received another one! This one starts ‘Dear Friend’ (what lawyer contacting someone about an inheritance would start a letter that way?) and reassures you that it isn’t a scam. But of course, it is. The details of the scam e-mail follow: ______________________________________ Dear Friend, This message [Read More...]

Thai Lottery Scam Spam

It seems like more spam is making it past the spam filters recently than usual. Here’s another scam – as though in Thailand they would have a lottery that gives money away to people who have never been there, never mind having bought a ticket. And the lottery exec, as always, has a free Yahoo! [Read More...]

Quote Of the Day (Arthur Peacocke)

“Theology has been most creative and longlasting when it has responded most positively to the challenges of its times” (Peacocke, Theology for a Scientific Age: Being and Becoming: Natural. Divine and Human (Minneapolis: Augsburg Fortress, 1993) p. 7, quoted here) [Read more...]