An Explosive New Solution to the Synoptic Problem

This image came to my attention via Facebook. I’ve shared lots of Star Trek Q Synoptic Problem memes in the past, some of which I made myself and some of which I found. Now it is time for some James Bond Q Synoptic Problem memes. Have you come across any others that are worth sharing? [Read more…]

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Hymn to Coffee

Do you recognize the original hymn this is based on, “Tis So Sweet to Trust in Jesus”? I take my coffee without sugar, but I can still sing of the sweetness – metaphorically speaking – of drinking it. [Read more…]

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Forgive: It’s Easier Than Math

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Swing By and Pick Up the Llamas

Yesterday’s Bizarro comic highlighted the absurdity of the Noah’s ark story when taken literally. One has to either have the Earth so completely changed and reshaped that it would involve a greater cataclysm than anything the Bible explicitly states or the geological record bears witness to, or one has to imagine other people in other [Read More…]

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Table for Twenty-Six

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Depicting Jesus and Buddha

Today’s Bizarro cartoon takes a look at how we depict important figures. What do you think about this topic when considered in a more serious way? How has the openness of Buddhists and Christians to depicting the key figures in their traditions impacted the way people think about them? Has the prohibition against depicting Muhammad helped safeguard his [Read More…]

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Informal Discourse for Academics

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You Can Own The Sarcasm Shirt

I made a mock-up of a shirt that says “Sarcasm is my Spiritual Gift,” and learned that I wasn’t the first to think that such a shirt ought to exist. And in response to my blog post, the person who had previously sold the shirts via Teespring decided to make them available again. And so [Read More…]

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Whatshisname

I really liked yesterday’s Speed Bump cartoon, which may just be poking fun at the fallibility of human memory, and our penchant to forget names, even when we should remember them. But I wonder whether it reflects an awareness of the tendency of people in our time to forget that, in the Bible, God was said to have [Read More…]

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Jesus as American Presidential Candidate

Jimmy Kimmel got a man dressed like Jesus to read actual quotes from candidates in this year’s presidential primary elections. I think it makes a useful point to those who think they are supporting candidates because they are followers of Jesus. [Read more…]

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Superman Takes Sociology

I love this. I hope that the experience of students is that, early on, we problematize simplistic ideas of good vs. evil, but also that by the end of their studies, we have helped them identify the genuine evils that are much more pernicious and pervasive, and which cannot be eliminated by killing “bad guys” since they [Read More…]

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