The Church of the Latter-Day Geeks

One of the disadvantages of not living in Australia is not being able to go to Rev. Avril Hannah-Jones’ church for their annual sci-fi and fantasy service. For a sense of the church’s outlook apart from their love of science fiction, take a look at this recent post from Avril’s blog.   [Read more...]

James Dunn Still Believes

Ken Schenck has been blogging through the book I (Still) Believe: Leading Bible Scholars Share Their Stories of Faith and Scholarship, about the personal faith journeys of academics in the field of Biblical studies. Since Ken has reached the chapter by our doctoral supervisor, James D. G. Dunn, I thought I would now draw attention to the [Read More...]

The Sparrow After 20 Years

Mary Doria Russell mentioned on her blog that a 20th anniversary edition of her novel The Sparrow is planned. That novel, together with its sequel Children of God, are ones that I have mentioned here before on more than one occasion (including a podcast as well as movie plans that, for better or worse, seem to [Read More...]

The Salvation of Doctor Who

I had a book by Matt Rawle, published by Abingdon Press, drawn to my attention today. It is The Salvation of Doctor Who: A Small Group Study Connecting Christ and Culture (The Pop in Culture Series). I tend to be wary of small group studies for religious believers focused on popular culture, since they typically point out [Read More...]

How To Grow A Church

I was struck by the headline that a man had “grown a church” – entirely from trees – in four years. Apparently he had some high-tech help. But I soon thought that it would be interesting to compare what is involved in growing what many people call a “church” today – i.e. a building – with [Read More...]

Science and Christianity in the U. S.

I’ve been meaning for a while to share this visual depiction of the stance of various religious groups in the United States when it comes to evolution: See also Mark Noll’s article on the history of science and Christianity, Karl Giberson’s on why losing Adam and Eve is so hard, and Zack Kopplin on the [Read More...]

Geek Orthodox

Neil de Grasse Tyson tweeted yesterday: The next time anybody asks me about my religion, I think I’ll reply “Geek Orthodox.” The next time anybody asks me about my religion, I think I’ll reply “Geek Orthodox” — Neil deGrasse Tyson (@neiltyson) July 18, 2015 It isn’t what Tyson has in mind, but I could totally [Read More...]

The Prophets of Our Time

We had an interesting discussion of prophecy in my Sunday school class recently, as we continued working our way through 1 Corinthians. I’ve often heard people suggest that preachers are the closest equivalent today to ancient Israel’s prophets. I’ve often viewed that as a problematic stance, since it seems designed to add to the authority of [Read More...]

The Pope, the God, and the GOP

The cartoon above by Mike Lukovich offers an amusing take on a famous painting. It nicely situates Big Oil as thinking of itself as God. One way of understanding it is that Big Oil as God is taking a bribe from the GOP (the Republican Party) to ignore the Pope. But that would represent a reversal of what [Read More...]

Happy Independence Day!

For this 4th of July, I thought I would repost something I wrote on this occasion in 2008: It is the 4th of July, and in the United States, we often find people mixing Christianity and nationalism in ways that are at best ironic, and at times downright contradictory. The 4th of July is thus [Read More...]

The Right Thing To Do

Christians should support same-sex marriage regardless of what one personally believes about marriage because treating same-sex couples with dignity and respecting their rights to have equal protection under the law is the right thing to do. – Chuck Queen The quote comes from an article in Baptist News on “Why Christians can and should support the [Read More...]