What Matthew, Luke And Thomas Have In Common

The Gospels of Matthew, Luke and Thomas all share in common certain familiar parables. They also share the fact that each one supplements that core of common parables with others (presumably of their own creation, although some may also have been inherited from earlier sources, whether living, oral or written). It had never occurred to [Read More…]

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Congratulations! You Won A Lottery You Didn’t Enter And Inherited Money From Someone You Didn’t Know, All In One Day!

Really, how stupid do these spammers think people are? Would anyone send their personal information to someone who claims a dead guy in Nigeria left them money, or they won a UK lottery they didn’t give their e-mail address to? Would anyone believe that the representative of the National Lottery in the UK has a [Read More…]

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A Mathematician, A Computer Scientist And An Engineer Walk Into A Bar…I Mean, A Biology Classroom

The Uncommon Descent blog asks why so many skeptics of Darwinian evolution tend to be mathematicians, engineers and people qualified in similar fields. Finally, at least they are asking the right questions – at least implicitly, the question recognizes that biologists aren’t skeptical, and that those who lead the antievolution campaigns aren’t biologists. The answer [Read More…]

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This Is Only A Parody

DISCLAIMER: What follows is a parody. Any suspicion that what follows reflects actual events and the genuine involvement of the persons mentioned is misguided. None of the persons mentioned – Richard Dawkins, Christopher Hitchens, William Dembski, the Pope, FTK, cdesign proponentsists, flat earthers, penguins, camels, Barry Manilow and amoebas – has approved of this parody [Read More…]

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Tying The Score: Borders, Target and Atheist Books

I recently shared a picture under the title “Target 1, Atheism 0“. A Target employee had managed to place a price sticker in such a way that the title of Christopher Hitchen’s book became God is great (or more precisely God is [price sticker] great). Target seems to have wanted to even things up. Below [Read More…]

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The Vista Black Screen After Login Mystery…Solved!

I have struggled for some time with a problem that I know has plagues other Windows Vista users too – after logging in, instead of going to the usual desktop, Vista would bring you to a black screen with Windows Explorer as the only thing visible. Many have discovered the work-around, which is to press [Read More…]

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Quote of the Day (Philip K. Dick)

“Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn’t go away” (Philip K. Dick, “How to Build a Universe That Doesn’t Fall Apart Two Days Later”, 1978) [Read more…]

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Christianity’s Core Curriculum

Those of us who teach at universities with professional majors but a strong Liberal Arts focus know something about how students view the ‘core curriculum’. It is core in the sense that it is what everyone is supposed to take in common, alongside their courses for their majors. But rather than being viewed as ‘core’ [Read More…]

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Quote of the Day (Peter Kirk)

“My own tentative suggestion would be that sperm, perhaps Joseph’s, found its way into Mary’s womb by some unusual but scientifically explicable way” (Peter Kirk, in a comment on the Metacatholic blog). The ongoing discussion there on the infancy narratives and the virgin birth are intelligent, in a way that my finding this statement amusing [Read More…]

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Bank Phishing

Here’s the latest banking scam spam to grace my inbox. I don’t share stuff that my spam filter catches, only the ones that make it through. This one is supposedly from U.S. Bank. That was the first giveaway – I don’t have an account with them. But even if you get an e-mail from a [Read More…]

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Target 1, Atheism 0

Standard sticker, in the standard place…but look what it did to the title of Christopher Hitchens’ book! HT Why Faith? [Read more…]

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