The Dawkins Scale

The blog Unreasonable Faith asked where readers are on the Dawkins Scale (the image describing the scale is from a post on the blog Deity Schmeity): I just finished teaching a class on the first half of David Hume’s Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion, and one of the things I mentioned as a nice feature of that [Read More…]

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Support for Christopher Rollston: Update

Since I last blogged about the topic of Christopher Rollston’s situation at Emmanuel Christian Seminary, a lot has appeared not only on blogs, but in Inside Higher Ed, which carried a story about what has been going on. That article suggested that the Emmanuel Christian Seminary administration was choosing to pander to a potential donor (and pursue a large [Read More…]

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Sts. Leia and Luke, Shmi and Anakin

IO9 has another set of Star Wars religious iconography, of which the above is but one example. Click through to see more. And despite what you’ll read there, Jar Jar Binks is not included in the ranks of sainthood – no halo! Here, see for yourself: [Read more…]

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Opposing Mix-It-Up Day: Bigotry and Isolationism in Jesus’ Name

The New York Times has reported that the organization that calls itself the “American Family Association” is opposing Mix It Up Day – a day during which children are (get ready for it) encouraged to sit with someone that they would not normally, outside of their comfort zone. American Family Association, and anyone who keeps [Read More…]

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Jesus is (Sith) Lord? Science Fiction and Theology around the Blogosphere

Over the past day or so, several bloggers have responded to, mentioned, or built upon things I've written here or said elsewhere on the topic of religion and science fiction. At Political Jesus, Rod the Rogue Demon-Hunter shared several tongue-in-cheek explorations of the idea of Jesus as Sith Lord. Below is one of the images [Read More…]

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Multitasking Limit Reached

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What Religious Extremists Fear Most

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Dietrich Reinhart OSB Fellowship in Eastern Christian Manuscript Studies

Dietrich Reinhart OSB Fellowship in Eastern Christian Manuscript Studies  The Hill Museum & Manuscript Library (HMML) announces the establishment of the Dietrich Reinhart OSB Fellowship in Eastern Christian Manuscript Studies, to be awarded annually for three years beginning with the Academic Year 2013-2014. The fellowship has been established through the generosity of Rebecca Haile and [Read More…]

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Why Vote for This or That Person for President?

It is sometimes assumed – rightly or wrongly – that people naturally vote for a candidate who most resembles them – in religious affiliation, appearance, background, and many other respects. A photo I saw on Facebook made me reflect on how true this may be, and whether it is how things ought to be. It [Read More…]

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Big Theological Questions that Science Fiction Should Answer

Over at IO9, Charlie Jane Anders has posted an article with the title “Big Theological Questions That Science Fiction Should Answer.” I was one of several people she interviewed for the article, and I get quoted at length. Others include Robert Geraci and Eriberto Lozada, who contributed to the volume I edited, Religion and Science [Read More…]

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What “Most Christians” Think

My last post included a slide that mentions “most Christians.” And so I thought I should offer a follow-up post, acknowledging that it is almost impossible to figure out what with precision what “most Christians” think, believe, and practice, without actually asking most Christians – and even then, we would still be unable to answer [Read More…]

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