Descartes’ Demon

Another great treatment of philosophy of religion from Existential Comics. [Read more...]

A Hat Greater Than Which Cannot Be Conceived

The latest from Existential Comics. Click through to see the rest of the comic. If you don’t get the jokes, ask! [Read more...]

CIC Information Fluency Workshop

I am currently in Baltimore with some colleagues, at a workshop focused on information fluency in the disciplines of religion, philosophy, and the history of ideas. It started yesterday, and has already offered a lot of fascinating perspectives from faculty and librarians, including practical examples and specific online tools that can be used for teaching [Read More...]

The Meaning of Tragedy

The quote comes from Rev. Stan Duncan’s article in the Huffington Post, “What God’s Role in Tragedy Really Is.” [Read more...]

The Dark Knight of Faith

From Existential Comics (who will explain the joke to you, if you don’t get it). [Read more...]

God as Levitating Turtle

A bit of interaction on the blog between two commenters produced a helpful analogy to explain why some thinkers find the concept of God a useful one, and preferable to alternatives. One commenter mentioned the famous image of infinite regress: “it’s turtles all the way down.” Another suggested that, when positing a single God as [Read More...]

Why Do Unsexy Things Happen to Sexy People?

SMBC has tackled the problem of evil. What do you make of its response? I have this discussion (about the problem of evil – not about fetishes) in my First Year Seminar class regularly. Does anyone actually want to live in a universe in which you get a cookie every time you do something good, and as a [Read More...]

Anecdotal Evidence

Via The Skeptic’s Guide to the Internet on Facebook.   [Read more...]

The Ultimate Call for Abstracts: The Ultimate Star Trek and Philosophy

There’s a call for abstracts for chapters for a multi-author volume, which I know I’m interested in offering a proposal for, if I think I can find the time to write it by the deadline. It is for The Ultimate Star Trek and Philosophy. The “X and Philosophy” books are delightful. I love the subtitles many [Read More...]

When Abraham Met Socrates

In my first year seminar class “Faith, Doubt, and Reason,” students read part of Genesis and the Euthyphro dialogue before being asked in an assignment to retell the Abraham story, putting themselves in Abraham’s shoes and wrestling with the question of what makes actions morals. This semester, I had a student start the dialogue this way: Socrates: [Read More...]

I’m Just Sayin’

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