Rainbow

In case you ever wondered what is at the end of the rainbow, I now have photographic evidence of the answer: the Butler University campus! There is severe weather in our area, but when the sun broke through the clouds, the result was spectacular. If you are anywhere in the region currently affected by the [Read More...]

Dismiss the Slippery Slope

I was tempted to call this post something like “Don’t accept a slippery slope argument unless it is from a geocentrist in an arranged marriage” but that seemed a bit too long for a title. Eric Reitan has been posting about slippery slope arguments, tackling them in detail in order to show how they are [Read More...]

How To Roll Your Rs

This is the video that I have been waiting for someone to produce for a long time. I really appreciate Justin Stoney’s videos in the New York Vocal Coaching YouTube channel in general. But as someone who has tried unsuccessfully to learn to roll his Rs, this one I just had to share. [Read more...]

Terminator the Second

The reading for today’s class (in my Religion and Science Fiction class) was from┬áTerminator and Philosophy: I’ll Be Back, Therefore I Am. Artificial intelligence, cyborgs, clones, and transporters all make for great philosophical and religious discussion. But is it even better when couched in lines from Shakespeare? HT SF Signal [Read more...]

Context Contest

Lots of people post pictures and then have a caption contest. But this photo seems to have its own “caption” included. What’s missing is the context. I took the photo of this sign in front of a local church here in Indianapolis. But what does it mean? Rather than try to find out the actual [Read More...]

Desmond Tutu Center

This evening I had the delightful privilege of hearing Desmond Tutu speak at Clowes Memorial Hall here on the campus of Butler University. In addition to his talk, his manner and his sense of humor being delightful, the occasion also saw the announcement that Butler University and Christian Theological Seminary will together be creating a [Read More...]

When To Cut Your Losses

Menachem Wecker has written an article for The Chronicle of Higher Education‘s “Vitae” online career hub, on when to decide to leave a job, drop a book project, or otherwise cut one’s losses and move on. Click through to read it. I get quoted in it! [Read more...]

Princeton Theological Commons

Princeton Theological Seminary has made a large number of digitized volumes available online, in its Theological Commons. If you have never explored its holdings, I'd encourage you to click through and do so. While it obviously consists primarily of older materials, they are particularly useful ones for academics studying ancient religion or history, Biblical studies, [Read More...]

Genres, Pigeonholes, and Pigeons

Genres are less like pigeon-holes than like pigeons. Constantly moving, endlessly diverse, and always multiplying. –Ken Brown on Facebook paraphrasing Carol Newsome’s quote from Alistair Fowler [Read more...]

Reading the Bible Without Understanding It

Via Fred Clark, I learned of the wonderful blog Defeating the Dragons, offering one person’s experience of leaving fundamentalism behind. Here is an excerpt from a recent post there: It never fails to utterly astonish me┬áthat, even with all of my familiarity, even with all the Sword Drills and the Memorization Contests and AWANA and [Read More...]

City Water

Yesterday was a momentous occasion. For the first time since moving to Indianapolis more than a decade ago, my family lives in a home connected to city water. It isn't that we moved. Citizens Water recently put a main on our street, where previous utility companies had not done so. And then Bedell Plumbing connected [Read More...]


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