Review of The Christian World of the Hobbit

I am grateful to have the opportunity to participate in the Patheos Book Club this month, focused on Devin Brown’s book The Christian World of The Hobbit. A book by this title might seem to some to be precisely the sort of book that they typically gravitate towards or make a concerted effort to avoid. [Read More…]

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The End of the Happy Middle Ground?

Jerry Coyne shared this Non Sequitur cartoon from today’s paper, saying that it dispels the fallacy that religious believers all worship the same god: The view that religious believers in different religious traditions worship the same deity is itself a particular religious viewpoint. It does not deny that many, perhaps the majority, in a large number [Read More…]

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PSA for Compulsively Late American Churchgoers

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Thank God for Mitt Romney’s Candidacy

I think that all those who are concerned for the spiritual health and integrity of Christianity in the United States should give thanks for Mitt Romney's candidacy. Many of us have been saying for many years that conservative and fundamentalist Christianity in America had sold its soul for a mess of political pottage, and had [Read More…]

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Religious Freedom and Healthcare

In recent weeks I've regularly heard Catholic bloggers and commentators complain that the new healthcare legislation infringes on their religious liberty, since it will require them to pay for coverage which will allow their employees to get contraception and other things that are against Catholic teaching. Something didn't sit quite right with me. Today I [Read More…]

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Review of Existence by David Brin

If you are among those who have complained that there is insufficient hard science fiction, imagining a future that is a realistic extrapolation based on what we now think are genuine possibilities and genuine constraints, David Brin’s novel Existence may be what you have been longing for. The future of the internet and our interaction [Read More…]

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Class on the Easter and Resurrection Accounts in the New Testament

A first attempt at using a digital whiteboard while recording a class – one that is freely available online at Scriblink.com, since the classroom I am in does not have a smartboard. [Read more…]

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Class on the Crucifixion and Passion Narratives in the New Testament

Since this is another class without changing powerpoint slides, I’m making this one available as an mp3 podcast as well: [audio:http://wp.patheos.com.s3.amazonaws.com/blogs/exploringourmatrix/files/2012/10/Passion_narratives_default.mp3] [Read more…]

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Breezy Point Theology

This photo from Queens has been circulating widely, showing the devastation caused by fires which broke out in Breezy Point during Hurricane Sandy: The survival of the statue of Mary impressed some Catholics. But as you might expect, I think this illustrates the sort of thing which I blog about often, and which I was [Read More…]

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Around the Blogosphere: The Varieties of Fundamentalisms

Here’s a round-up of some blogging on several topics of longstanding interest: Michael Pahl is leaving Cedarville University due to his views, which are at odds with those of that fundamentalist institution. The university’s president has also resigned. Doug Chaplin asks how any institution with the views Cedarville stipulates in its statement of faith can [Read More…]

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The Eternal Gospel

In Revelation 14:6-7, the author says that he saw an angel bringing the eternal gospel in order to proclaim it to every nation, language, and people. Futurist interpreters claim that this shows that by that stage all Christians have been raptured or killed, and so an angel has to deliver the message. But anyone who [Read More…]

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