The Story Behind The Story

There have been a couple of blog posts over recent months about the book A Canticle for Leibowitz, a famous example of science fiction exploring religious themes. IO9 recommended a piece in the New Yorker which fills in the context against which the book was written. And Speculative Faith shared a review of the book by [Read More...]

Bulldog Beginnings

I read recently that the Butler University use of the Bulldogs for the university team name and mascot began when the Butler team – known as the “Christians” (since the school was then still affiliated with the Christian Churches Disciples of Christ) or sometimes the “Blue and White” - played a team from Franklin, the “Baptists.” The heated rivalry led to [Read More...]

Biblical Geocentrism

The above photo appeared on Reddit. I was going to post it without much comment, but Lydia Allen wrote a post of related interest, trying to get past an unhelpful and inaccurate view of religion and science as always in conflict, based on a particularly simplistic view of the Galileo story. She writes: If we are going [Read More...]

Church of the Final Atonement

IO9 recently shared pictures of futuristic churches, suggesting that even atheists might be able to not merely appreciate them, but be impressed if not even awestruck by them. Below are a few examples (including one that someone likened to their mental image of the Shrike Church of the Final Atonement in Dan Simmons’ Hyperion novels). [Read More...]

Embarrassed by Mythicism/Antievolutionism

Have you ever wondered why the two New Testament scholars to write books directly tackling mythicist claims are Bart Ehrman and Maurice Casey, both of whom happen to be atheists? I don’t think it is a coincidence. As atheists, Ehrman and Casey have the most to be embarrassed about when fellow atheists uncritically embrace views that [Read More...]

Makes the Trip Seem Quicker

This cartoon from the New Yorker popped up on Facebook as I am sitting in Baltimore airport, waiting for my flight back to Indianapolis. And so it seemed timely as well as funny. But it is interesting to reflect on which religious and non-religious activities are just versions of the same thing, done for comparable [Read More...]

This Church Is Not Full Of Hypocrites

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Get Your Ash In Church

A clever pun for Ash Wednesday. You can buy the button above from the Old Lutheran Gift Shop. [Read more...]

Martin Luther Playmobil

Apparently the Martin Luther Playmobil toy is their fastest selling toy ever. I can’t seem to figure out where to buy one in the United States… [Read more...]

Scholar or Apologist? Why Not Both?

Although this isn’t a case of “two great tastes that taste great together,” I’ve suggested before that “apologist” and “scholar” are not an absolute dichotomy, but a spectrum. I think that point is relevant to the discussion that has exploded in the blogosphere, with Nijay Gupta, Mike Bird, Anthony Le Donne, Jonathan Bernier, Very Rarely [Read More...]

Real vs. Perceived Martyrdom

From Pliny the In-Between [Read more...]


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