BSRI Press Release, Flyer, and Brochure

Some more information about the Butler Summer Religion Institute. There is a press release on the Butler web site, and there are also digital copies of a flyer and a brochure which can be circulated to those who are interested. [Read more...]

Announcing the Butler Summer Religion Institute

Thanks to a grant from Butler University President’s Innovation Fund, the Religion program at Butler University (Department of Philosophy and Religion) is excited to announce the start of the Butler Summer Religion Institute. This program allows students in high school to earn college credit while still in high school. It also provides an opportunity to [Read More...]

Safety in the Cloud

For those who are students, or who do research and/or write for a living, the data we have – papers that are due, articles that we are working on – is more valuable than the devices we use to write on. And so anyone who is not currently using Dropbox, or Google Drive, or some [Read More...]

Dinosaurs in a Classroom

There's a parable in this about an approach to education and assessment that doesn't take into account different personality types and learning styles, isn't there?   [Read more...]

Answers in Genesis at Butler University

I received this notification from an organization on campus: Butler Staff and Faculty Ministry (BSFM) would like to invite faculty, staff and students to join us for our quarterly speaker and Brown Bag Luncheon: Thursday, April 11th, 2013 12:00pm – 1:00pm in the Johnson Room at Robertson Hall Dr. Terry Mortenson: “Origin of Species: was [Read More...]

Biblical Criticism

This cartoon came to my attention on Facebook: I wonder whether the cartoonist is intentionally playing on the double meaning of “criticism”, or reflects the same confusion educators often encounter in classes. When we talk about “Biblical criticism” the phrase does not mean “criticizing the Bible” – it means the careful, thorough, detailed, scholarly study [Read More...]

Should Students Blog?

There have been several blog posts – and many more discussions not posted publicly on blogs – on the question of whether students should blog. The issue arises in particular for those studying subjects like Biblical studies. Will your thoughts that you post get you into some sort of trouble, for instance with your denomination’s [Read More...]

SICCs: A Revolution in Education

Thanks to a friend who is a time traveler, I can share this interesting higher education news report he brought back from 2033: A recent study by education specialists could lead to a radical revolution in universities around the world. A multi-year study of a range of classes has discovered that a new approach, referred [Read More...]

Shootings: Schools vs. Churches

This graphic which came my way on Facebook seems to make an excellent point. I was not able to confirm that the actual number of shootings in schools was 5, and it seems that that number may include institutions of higher education as well as elementary schools. Whether any religious schools are in that figure [Read More...]

Happy Birthday, Ovid Butler!

Ovid Butler was born on this day in 1801. Among the things that he did during his life was to found North West Christian University, which eventually became Butler University. And so at Butler we call this day Founder's Day. Read more about Ovid Butler in the brief bio on the university web page.   [Read more...]

Pulp-O-Mizer

Via IO9 I learned of the Pulp-O-Mizer, which allows you to make your own pulp magazine covers. Here’s a first attempt at making one to use in a poster about my class on religion and science fiction: [Read more...]


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