Quote of the Day (Casey Luskin)

“identifying the designer can’t be done by science. It is a strictly theological question” (Casey Luskin of the Discovery Institute) I just had to make this my “Quote of the Day” today. Not only did the Discovery Institute respond to my accusation of dishonesty, but they were kind enough to illustrate it! Luskin goes on [Read More...]

Banned from Uncommon Descent

Apparently I’ve been banned from posting on the Uncommon Descent blog. Disagreement and questioning is apparently unwelcome there. Although my aim was to point out problems in their arguments and hopefully prevent some people who were as yet undecided from being deceived, this too says something about that blog. I don’t think I was ever [Read More...]

The Discovery Institute Responds

The Discovery Institute has responded to a post of mine. In it, I accused the typical proponents of Intelligent Design of dishonesty when they assert that one cannot find out about the designer by studying the design. Read the response: You be the judge. In his response to my post, Casey Luskin calls the question [Read More...]

Quote of the Day (Gerd Theissen and Annette Merz)

“The ‘non-eschatological Jesus’ seems to have more Californian than Galilean local colouring” (Gerd Theissen and Annette Merz, The Historical Jesus (Minneapolis: Fortress, 1998) p.11) [Read more...]

The Social Soul

Yesterday in my Religion and Science class we talked about what is meant by the ‘soul‘ and how it relates to other terminology such as ‘mind’ and ‘brain’. One of the students, Andrew Gillen, had some thoughts that were so interesting I just have to write them down and also share them. (That’s the great [Read More...]

Does The Universe Have A Purpose?

The Templeton Foundation has asked a number of scientists this question: “Does The Universe Have A Purpose?” The varied answers they received vary are shared on their web site. (Thanks to millinerd for sharing this on his own blog). [Read more...]

What Would Jesus Read?

In response to a post about Scripture and canon on the Emerging from Babel blog, I suggested we might approach a text like Ecclesiastes in the following way: I suppose one way to approach it is to recognize that Ecclesiastes is both somewhat marginal in the canon, but nonetheless necessary. Faith without any element of [Read More...]

What is a mystic?

A mystic is someone who knows what he or she isn’t talking about. [Read more...]

Quote of the Day (Albert Einstein)

“Generations to come will scarce believe that such a one as this ever in flesh and blood walked upon this earth” (Albert Einstein). These words were apparently spoken by Einstein about Gandhi. Can anyone help me find the source of the quotation? Last night we showed the famous Gandhi movie for students taking the South [Read More...]

Genesis Rewritten

In the beginning, God spokebut there were no ears to hearnor was there an atmosphere to carry the sound.God said, “let there be light”but there was no eye to behold its brightnessor to discern and distinguish its rainbow colors. Billions of years passed,and now there were people who could see, hear and create,and so they [Read More...]

Was Jesus “More Apocalyptic” Than His Mentor?

I don’t post often enough on my current research area, the historical study of Jesus, so I’m glad when a conversation turns my thoughts (and my blogging) in that direction. A recent comment mentioned one of the classic arguments for an ‘apocalyptic’ Jesus – i.e. one that proclaimed the imminent ‘end of the world’. The [Read More...]


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