A New Commandment

We recently talked here about the suggestion that the ten commandments were a missed opportunity to mention other important things. And so I thought this proposed new commandment was worth sharing.   [Read more...]

Every Major’s Terrible

Via IO9, I learned about the song in the video above, which comes from this XKCD cartoon: [Read more...]

Estimates Suggest Thousands of Syllabuses Damaged by Winter Storms

As the first day of classes at most North American universities draws to a close, experts surveying the aftereffects of last week’s winter storms estimate that thousands of syllabuses nationwide may have been detrimentally affected by the severe weather. “With my children and spouse at home last week, there was little I could do,” said [Read More...]

First Day of Classes

Today was the first day of classes at Butler University, as in many other places. This semester I’m teaching the Bible, the second semester of my first year seminar course “Faith, Doubt, and Reason,” and the second semester of a seminar course on “Religion and Freedom of Expression.” If you are an educator or a [Read More...]

Everyone Is Not Different

I am astonished by how often students claim that “everyone is different” and think that they have said something relevant to discussion of topics such as morality or religion. Human beings are not entirely different from one another, and it is not clear that things which no two humans have in common pertain to either [Read More...]

Bart Ehrman, The Bible: A Historical And Literary Introduction

I’ve been eagerly looking forward to the appearance of Bart Ehrman’s one-volume textbook on the entire Bible. For those of us who teach a single-semester course covering the Bible, using separate textbooks on the Hebrew Bible and New Testament may be too much. And so I was understandably delighted to receive a copy of Ehrman’s [Read More...]

Be Friends With Failure

The inspirational comic in the series Doodle Alley by Stephen McCranie, “Be Friends With Failure,”┬ádeserves to be shared widely. It focuses on a very basic truth, but which many never learn, and as a result, they give up because they aren’t immediately good at something, rather than realizing that failing frequently is the only path [Read More...]