Critical Thinking and Religion: Science, Genetics, and Israelite Origins

In my next religion and science class, we’ll be discussing Steven Schafersman’s “An Introduction to Science: Scientific Thinking and the Scientific Method.” This piece, which the author has made available online, is intended to do what some science textbooks skip, namely introduce the scientific method, which Schafersman considers to be applicable to all disciplines and [Read More...]

The Good German

I occasionally mention movies on my blog, but only rarely does one impress me to such a degree that I devote a blog entry to it for its own sake. The movie The Good German, starring George Clooney and Cate Blanchette, is such a movie. Filmed in black and white, it is not merely an [Read More...]

Lucky Winners

Stanley Porter and Gordon Heath address a question in their recent book The Lost Gospel of Judas: Separating Fact from Fiction that is also addressed in the book by Jones I discussed in my last blog entry, the question (raised in particular by Bart Ehrman) of whether the views that became later ‘orthodox’ Christianity were [Read More...]

Misquoting Ehrman?

I just read Timothy Paul Jones’ little book Misquoting Truth: A Guide to the Fallacies of Bart Ehrman’s “Misquoting Jesus”, which sets about to expose the “fallicies” of not one but two of Bart Ehrman’s recent books, Misquoting Jesus and Lost Christianities. Jones’ book is full of entertaining Star Wars references, making it worth its [Read More...]

Do As I Say, Not As I Do (Richard Dawkins’ Burkha)

I am posting again a review of Richard Dawkins’ book The God Delusion that I made available earlier on my old blog as well as on the Richard Dawkins forum. This is to facilitate referring to it in a comment I am leaving on the Uncommon Descent blog, where (as I remarked before) the moderators [Read More...]

Choose Your Own Adventure

Do you remember the “Choose Your Own Adventure” books, or the various other series of a similar sort (such as Pick Your Path, Endless Quest, etc.)? As I wrestled with the fact that I like to begin my classes where my students are and work step by step from there, and yet my students in [Read More...]

When Paul Gets It Wrong

Let me begin by emphasizing that I would really rather be focusing on where Paul gets it right, the wonderfully insightful things he has written, and so on. Alas, in order to not have my appreciation of Paul misunderstood as a claim to his inerrancy or the inerrancy of his writings, it is necessary to [Read More...]

The Banana and Peanut Butter Arguments on YouTube

In my religion and science class today I mentioned the Kirk Cameron-sponsored board game about evolution and intelligent design (which, for him at least, is the same thing as anti-evolutionary young earth creationism). Let me share, for those who may not have seen it, the infamous ‘banana argument’ Kirk lent his support to, as well [Read More...]

Religion and Science on YouTube

I’m also going to share the first of three clips (each) about Richard Dawkins, Stephen Weinberg, and atheism that have been made available on YouTube. They will be of interest to students from my Religion and Science class, but presumably also to others. They are from a BBC series called “The Atheism Tapes”. I’m also [Read More...]

Those lying, cheating, self-preserving androids

I’m finally getting around to posting on last Saturday’s Masters of Science Fiction. Unfortunately I didn’t catch the beginning of the show, but even what I saw was wonderful, particularly as it relates to my current research on religion and artificial intelligence. A lawyer who is arguing the case that an android named Jerry is [Read More...]

Answers in Genesis Wikipedia Edits

There is an interesting blog post about the recent Wikipedia edits made by employees at Answers in Genesis. I will let it speak for itself, and share it merely as a follow-up to my previous blog entry about Wikipedia. Also amusing is the release of a creationism board game. There is a review of it [Read More...]