The Ultimate Star Trek and Philosophy: The Search for the Print Version

The Ultimate Star Trek and Philosophy: The Search for Socrates is now available in print. It includes my chapter, “A God Needs Compassion, but Not a Starship: Star Trek’s Humanist Theology.” [Read more…]

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Words Cannot Describe

I thought I would make a meme from a question I asked someone in a theological conversation: how do we assess the relative adequacy of language used to refer to God, when all human language is inadequate? [Read more…]

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God is a Question, Not an Answer

A recent New York Times piece referred to God as a question rather than an answer, and so it seemed appropriate to reshare the above image, which is based on things I said on this blog back in 2009 and more recently in 2013. Of related interest, see Pete Enns’ blog post on Jesus’ lack of [Read More…]

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Easter Sunday School

After I shared my last Sunday school class session about ideas of the afterlife in the Jewish Scripture/Christian Old Testament, several people expressed the desire that I record the next session, in which we’d be moving on to the New Testament and beyond. And so here it is, as per your request. The class is typically more [Read More…]

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Resurrection and Hope

I had an e-mail from a reader of the blog a while back, and it has taken me much longer than I had hoped to begin answering the questions that I was asked. Here is one of them, which seems timely: [W]hile I understand that you are sceptical of the prospect of an afterlife, I [Read More…]

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The Theology and Ethics of Star Wars

The above discussion of theology and ethics in Star Wars at Conway Hall includes Biblical scholar Francesca Stavrakopoulou. It uses LEGO Star Wars images, discusses orientalism and radicalization in the films, and includes reading from the scripts (the stage directions in which are often significant for how we understand some key moments). It is definitely worth [Read More…]

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The History of Afterlife in Sunday School

I’ve mentioned my Sunday school class at Crooked Creek Baptist Church on this blog on numerous occasions. But now I have a chance to invite you to sit in on a session, at least virtually. A couple that usually attends had to be absent yesterday, and we were due to cover a topic that one of them [Read More…]

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A Never-Ending Quest for Understanding

Yesterday I attended the funeral of my friend Steve Webb. Steve was one of the first people I met in Indianapolis who didn't teach at Butler University. He taught at Wabash College for a long time, and then more recently at CTS. The funeral included numerous tributes from students of his, as well as from [Read More…]

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Hell in Sunday School

My Sunday school class, at the request of one participant, recently ended up discussing first heaven and then hell. I started us off by noting that, while “heaven” (in the sense of the sky) is there from the very first verse of the Bible, the same cannot be said for “hell” (see the recent online [Read More…]

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Side Effects of Your Theology

The above cartoon by David Hayward got me thinking about how theology is like a drug. Some drugs alter your state of mind. Some are designed primarily to do that. Others do that as a side effect, and it is worth tolerating that because of some other benefit that comes from taking the medication in [Read More…]

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Divine Artistry

It is common for theists to speak of God’s artistry in creation. But that image sits awkwardly with a number of purported beliefs of classical theism. Artistry involves challenge and accomplishment, but an omnipotent God cannot overcome obstacles in any meaningful sense. Artistry involves choosing colors or melodies, but classical theism has asserted that God always “chooses” [Read More…]

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