Lollipope

Apparently there is such a thing as a “lollipope” that you can buy in Rome. I had someone show this to me today, and so I asked for permission to take some pictures. Unfortunately they didn’t have their Benedict with them, or I would have shown you that one.   [Read more...]

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Happy Valentinus Day

A pun on the name of the famous Gnostic teacher Valentinus, made by a commenter on a recent post, led me to think that there ought to be Gnostic Valentines for Valentine’s Day - or should that be Valentinus Day? Here are a few I came up with: No, they are not supposed to be taken seriously. [Read More...]

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God’s Plan and Time Travel

The cartoon below from SMBC is right at the intersection of religion and a major science fiction trope, namely time travel. Do you think time travel is possible? If so, how would that relate to any particular set of religious beliefs? Fringe and a number of other shows have done interesting things with this. [Read more...]

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Calvin and Luther Valentines

   For your amusement, courtesy of The Kippah and the Collar, which also has a John Wesley one! [Read more...]

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Progressive and Liberal Christianity

Several posts have come to my attention in recent days, related to the subject of liberal/progressive Christianity. Roger Olson has a post on why he doesn’t self-identify as a “liberal Christian.” He offers interesting discussion of the terminology and his own understanding, which is worth clicking through to read. Towards the end he sums up [Read More...]

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Shootings: Schools vs. Churches

This graphic which came my way on Facebook seems to make an excellent point. I was not able to confirm that the actual number of shootings in schools was 5, and it seems that that number may include institutions of higher education as well as elementary schools. Whether any religious schools are in that figure [Read More...]

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Restricting the Bible

A cartoon from ASBO Jesus. An irony I see is that, precisely because the Bible cannot talk in the way depicted in the cartoon, it cannot object to conservative Christians who say things like “the Bible says….” They often try to treat God in the same way.   [Read more...]

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David Hayward is Moving to Patheos!

I’m posting this to spread the good news that David Hayward, the cartoonist known to many from his blog Naked Pastor, is moving his blog to Patheos. Welcome, David! Some of his cartoons I absolutely love. Some of them I strongly disagree with. They are pretty much never dull and never fail to get you [Read More...]

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The Resurrection in Orthodox Iconography and the Marriage Gesture of cheir’ epi karpo

At SBL in November, John Dominic Crossan spoke about Eastern Orthodox iconography of the resurrection (I previously blogged about this). Here is an example of the iconography: I was struck by the consistent depiction of Jesus grasping Adam by the wrist, which I assumed symbolized that the entirety of the salvation was accomplished by God, [Read More...]

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Happy Birthday, Ovid Butler!

Ovid Butler was born on this day in 1801. Among the things that he did during his life was to found North West Christian University, which eventually became Butler University. And so at Butler we call this day Founder's Day. Read more about Ovid Butler in the brief bio on the university web page.   [Read more...]

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Trying to Defend Christianity by Betraying It

Tim Gombis has shared some powerful thoughts about fundamentalism. Here is a sample: The fundamentalist error is the assumption that when I perceive some fundamental of the Christian faith to be threatened, I have the prerogative to be violent. The implicit logic at work here is that at critical moments the best way to defend [Read More...]

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