Second Temple Model

I bought my son a wooden model kit of the Second Temple from the bookstore and gift shop at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem. Today he finished work on the construction, and so I thought I’d share photos of the result! [Read more...]

Who Thinks Professors are Unfriendly towards Religion?

Some people do in just about every category imaginable. But in only two categories in a recent survey (and those categories overlap to a degree that continues to bewilder me) did a majority think that professors are unfriendly towards religion. Can you guess which ones before checking the chart below (which was shared by Jerry [Read More...]

Partial Update

via Ema Brown on Facebook. There have been a lot of legitimate criticisms of churches which try to be relevant in a manner that ends up sounding off target, out of touch, offensive, gimmicky, or something worse. But sometimes people make a genuine effort to cross generational divides or those of musical preference, and it [Read More...]

Richard Carrier Illustrates Historical Jesus Methodology

While one might or might not see fit to dispute Richard Carrier’s specific conclusions in his recent post, “The Dying Messiah Redux,” I think that the most important thing to note is the approach to history that it illustrates. Carrier argues that, because certain views expressed in Jewish literature from several centuries after the rise [Read More...]

Saying Grace

Of Christian prayers, those related to food can be the most theologically problematic. I remember hearing a missionary speak about how others in her mission team had become ill and she had not, and she attributed it to her “praying over her food” – as though (1) her Christian co-workers did not, (2) prayer effectively [Read More...]

The Difference Between Praise Choruses and Hymns

HT Joel Watts [Read more...]

Reformed Cologne

From Matthew Paul Turner, who clearly was predestined to come up with this brilliant idea… [Read more...]

Picking and Choosing, Loving Your (LGBT) Neighbor, and the 76 Things Banned in Leviticus

Fred Clark began a recent post on his blog by pointing to a list of 76 things banned in Leviticus that someone posted online, and a subsequent self-scoring against the list posted at Tad’s Happy Funtime (click through to see where C3P0 gets a mention). Fred used this jumping off point to notice that pretty [Read More...]

Superhero Saints

I’ve been meaning to blog about this since it first turned up on Matthew Paul Turner’s blog (subsequently getting mentioned at IO9 and Greenflame). Superheroes are regularly situated at the intersection of religion and science fiction – see Steve Wiggins’ recent post on Alien Deities as one example – but not always quite as blatantly [Read More...]

Inherit the Mirth

Today I was asked by a cartoonist to remove one of his cartoons from my blog. Unfortunately, the cartoon reached me in a form that was circulating online with no indication of who created it or where if anywhere it was published. The cartoonist in question is Dan Reynolds, and having removed his cartoon with [Read More...]

Marriage Equality Biggest Threat in 500 Years, Says Church Founded by Serial Adulterer and Divorcer

It seems like it should be an article from The Onion. But it isn’t. A spokesperson for the Church of England apparently really has said that the legalization of same-sex marriage in the U.K. is the biggest threat the church has faced in its 500-year history. The irony is unmissable – except apparently if you [Read More...]


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