Undergrad History of Religion

I just discovered a Tumblr site called “UndergradHist.” Below are a few of my favorites related to religion, but please do click through and check out some of the others. They are all based on actual quotes from student assignments, and very funny. And to top it all off, here is a coping mechanism for [Read More…]

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Does The Internet Make People Atheists?

Via PZ Myers and a couple of other people, I became aware of an article with the title “How The Internet is Taking Away America’s Religion.”  Here is a chart from the article: There is definitely a need to avoid assuming that the correlation indicates causation. But I will certainly want to dig into the [Read More…]

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Questions and Answers

A great quote from Rebecca Trotter. [Read more…]

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Full Professor

I just received the official letter that I have been promoted from the rank of associate professor to professor. For those who may not be aware of these aspects of academia, or live in a country where the ranks have different titles, in the United States the system is as follows. The tenure track usually [Read More…]

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Neil deGrasse Tyson Sermon

If you saw the first episode of Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey, you’ll probably have been impressed with Neil deGrasse Tyson’s testimony about the impact of Carl Sagan on his life. This reminded me of a powerful “sermon” he “preached” at the Beyond Belief 2006 conference, which is the video embedded above. His account of being [Read More…]

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My Bacon Number is 3

Someone shared the “Oracle of Bacon” on Facebook. Through it, I learned that I have a Bacon Number of 3, assuming that one is calculating connections of all genuine friends and acquaintances, and not only people who were in movies together. Krystina Ptasinski, an actress who majored in religion as well as theater at Butler [Read More…]

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Professor Vader

Via Brad Matthies on Twitter.   [Read more…]

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Courage Defined

I came across several variations on the image below. It is certainly an apocryphal story, but one that may perhaps be worth commenting on. First, the sheer number of these kinds of stories and the variations on them suggest that this is an example of an urban legend. Whether it is based on any actual [Read More…]

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Lifelong Learning and Singing Lessons

Being involved in music at church, and sometimes writing my own songs, and being aware of the shortcomings (to say the least) with my singing, I decided to take singing lessons. Even before I started them last summer, I was extremely nervous about the whole thing – there is something different about singing than about [Read More…]

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Machen League Baseball

Tonight was the final public lecture in our series at Butler University about religion and freedom of expression. The two presenters were Pete Enns and Steve Sanders. Steve spoke about the nature of academic freedom, its history, its contractual character and legal status. Pete spoke mostly from his own experience. Having pointed out the role [Read More…]

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Students’ Prayer

Jeffrey Gibson has emphasized that the Lord's Prayer ought to be called the disciples' prayer. And I discussed recently in my Sunday school class the suggestion (inspired by his interpretation of the prayer) that the final/penultimate petition traditionally rendered as “lead us not into temptation” could in fact mean “Do not lead us into the [Read More…]

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