Whovian Pentecost

Now there were devout Jews from every nation under heaven living in Jerusalem. And at this sound the crowd gathered and was bewildered, because each one heard them speaking in the native language of each. Amazed and astonished, they asked, “Are not all these who are speaking Galileans? And how is it that we hear [Read More...]

The Argument from Dignity

This Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal cartoon (HT Hemant Mehta) makes a good point that can be taken even further. One could object to any number of things, including things that young-earth creationists claim to be true, on the basis of it supposedly detracting from the value or dignity of human beings. “I didn’t come from [Read More...]

Is There Intersexuality in this Periscope?

Bryan Lewis suggested on Facebook that pericope is a word that Biblical studies scholars ought to phase out, perhaps replacing it with something more commonly used in English, such as “passage.” I suggested that a good reason for phasing out pericope is that it is not in most electronic devices’ dictionaries, and so has a tendency [Read More...]

The Batsignal and the Cross

From Inherit the Mirth. [Read more...]

Universal Grade Change Form

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Formula for Holy Water

As a Baptist, we don’t really have holy water. Nonetheless, my pastor recently reflected on the memory of water – metaphorically speaking. Water is a closed system on our planet. And so when we drink it, we may well be drinking water that was in the Jordan when Jesus was baptized, or part of the [Read More...]

The Black Knight Rises

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Whatever Happened to Pontius Pilate?

Allan Bevere shared this cartoon from Inherit the Mirth. It actually highlights something about the powerful. They have the audacity to claim that they are “traumatized” by their involvement in processes in which they snuff other human beings out of existence, and the luxury to cope with such trauma by relocating to someplace warm and [Read More...]

The Goal of Human Evolution

Scientists, working within the framework of scientific methods, cannot see that the universe, or processes within it like biological evolution, have a goal or purpose. But there are metaphysical stances which lead some people to view evolution in teleological terms – in other words, as having a goal. Theism is one such perspective. Cat ownership (the status of being owned [Read More...]

Obama’s Texas Invasion Plans Revealed

Greg Carey made this image and shared it on Twitter, and a lot of people have found it entertaining. And so I thought I would share it on the blog for more people to enjoy. There is actually serious irony to several of the arrows. Climate scientists invading from Alabama? Evolutionists from Kansas? I suppose the anti-gay [Read More...]

Summer Begins

Grades were due in today at Butler University, and so this kind of, sort of, marks the beginning of summer from an academic perspective. Actually, I have some administrative, assessment-related activities that I am still involved in. And so think I will just consider my summer - and my sabbatical – to start the week after next. [Read More...]


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