Ancient Christian Burial Practices: A Request for Help

I have a friend who has an interest in following the development of early Christian burial practices, and in particular those of Jewish Christians. Among non-Jewish Christians, we can pick up the threads of development in some other places, like Rome. And it has been suggested that some part of the necropolis on the Mount [Read More...]

Matthew 7:22-23 Updated

Inspired by Bob Cargill’s post [Read more...]

Calvin’s Prayer

There has been some debate about whether or not Reinhold Niebuhr composed the famous “Serenity Prayer.” But the version in this comic strip is definitely not by him. It is pure Calvin – and I don’t mean John Calvin. [Read more...]

The Not-So-Social Gospel in Pictures

James Martin recently shared some parables which illustrate what Jesus might have said if his views were more like those of some of his modern-day followers (I mentioned them last week). The Facebook group Christians Against the Tea Party turned some quotes from them into pictures, and I thought I should share them here, for your [Read More...]

Evolution: What About God?

This episode from the PBS documentary Evolution is a useful one, and I’ll be having my class on Religion and Science watch it. Since the entire episode is available online, I thought it might be useful to share it here too. [Read more...]

When “Like” Just Isn’t Strong Enough…

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Faith Meets TARDIS

I have shared on my blog more than once a challenge that I was given a while ago, or better, a thought experiment I was encouraged to carry out, namely, to ask myself “What would it take to make you lose your faith?” For the purpose of this scenario, I was allowed to have a time and [Read More...]

From the Moon to Jerusalem

Given my interest in religion and science (I’m even teaching my class on the subject this semester) this quote which Menachem Mendel shared, and which apparently comes from Thomas Friedman’s book, From Beirut to Jerusalem, p.429, seemed worth sharing.   I’ve only been to one of the two – like most human beings, I’ve never [Read More...]

The Gamification of Online Discourse about Religion

One doesn’t have to spend much time online, whether on a blog like this one o ever more so a site like Reddit, to experience what I am talking about. There seem to be more people than ever before who treat their interactions with other people, things that might well have been conversations had this [Read More...]

God’s Wrath Poured Out on Satan-Infiltrated GOP?

I can’t understand why the only people who have been saying that God is judging the Republican party by throwing hurricane Isaac at their convention in recent days are people who are parodying conservative Christians’ typical rhetoric. Where are the actual conservative Evangelical Protestant Christians who are willing to at least try to give an [Read More...]

Maybe it should be the other way around…

My friend John Weightman wrote this in a comment on Facebook: In the UK I have noticed that there appears to be a tendency for some people to want to 'roll back the state' when it involves being generous to the disadvantaged or the sick, but to want a bigger state when it comes to [Read More...]


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