Who Is Your Savior?

Phil Plait shared several links related to Doctor Who and religion – from this video on the PBS Idea Channel, asking “Is Doctor Who a Religion?”… …to this comic at Home on the Strange about a Whovian responding to a door-to-door evangelist: [Read more...]

Chasing Certainty

Another quote from Fred Clark's blog Slacktivist, turned into a poster by the Facebook group Christians Against the Tea Party.   [Read more...]

Review of Charles E. Gutenson, The Right Church

I responded with eagerness to the invitation to be part of the Patheos Book Club about Charles E. Gutenson’s book The Right Church: Live Like the First Christians. But upon receiving a copy and seeing the subtitle, I began to have doubts – was this going to be yet another of those books that claims [Read More...]

Fundamentalism’s Final Arbiter

I could not find the original source of the quotation, but presume that it is somewhere on Fred Clark's blog Slacktivist.   [Read more...]

Poster Session

The Facebook group┬áChristians Against the Tea Party turned several quotes from a recent blog post of mine into posters, and so I thought I’d share them here. [Read more...]

Podcast on The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell

I have said on numerous occasions that Mary Doria Russell’s two novels, The Sparrow and Children of God, are among my favorite works of what I can only call theological science fiction – works in the sci-fi genre that don’t merely tangentially touch on religion, but explore it at the core of their story. Today, [Read More...]

Doctor Who: Shada

I recently finished reading Doctor Who: Shada: The Lost Adventure by Douglas Adams which was turned into a novel by Gareth Roberts. The novel has all the comedy you would expect from a Doctor Who episode written by Adams and starring Tom Baker – as well as a fitting hommage to Adams. For those who [Read More...]

The Blogging Preacher

Jim Linville shared some cartoons which he suggested illustrated the preaching of bibliobloggers. I rather envy Jim West his, since I think it would fit me rather nicely: In case you’re curious but are unlikely to click through, here’s the one he actually assigned to me: Click through to see which one Joel Watts got! [Read more...]

The Bible, Inspiration, and Fundamentalism

Chris Heard was “inspired” by a recent blog post of mine to share some thoughts on his blog about the Bible and inspiration. First, let me emphasize that, had the terminology of “inspiration” been widely used in the Bible as a way of indicating the distinctive character of sacred texts, I would not have made [Read More...]

Focus on the Family’s False Prophets

Two other Patheos bloggers, Libby Anne and Fred Clark, have kindly pointed out that we have just entered the month, October 2012, about which writers from Focus on the Family penned a “letter from the future” almost 4 years ago, detailing the changes that would allegedly result if Barack Obama were to become president. Fred [Read More...]

Don’t Worship a God that isn’t as Loving as You Are

In my freshmen seminar class “Faith, Doubt, and Reason,” we discussed the problem of evil, with the classic statement that (1) divine omnipotence, (2) perfect divine goodness/justice, and (3) the reality of evil are incompatible. Before exploring other possibilities which try to preserve all three, I asked students which they would remove if they had [Read More...]


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