Please Take Genesis 1 Literally

I am really tired of those pseudo-literalists known as young-earth creationists. I really want people to take the entirety of Genesis 1 literally, and not just the parts they find acceptable. Saying that you believe in creation in six literal days, but without a literal dome over the earth, and without the greater and lesser [Read More...]

“Intelligent Design Research” Means Listening to Elton John

Jerry Coyne has shared a close look at the details of a Discovery Institute promotional video. They have made backgrounds that are supposed to look scientific. But if you take a screenshot and look at the details, you find things like whiteboards filled with nonsense – and the words “Rocket Man.” What else do you [Read More...]

Doctor Who Infographic

  Kasterborus shared the above infographic (click through if the size doesn’t appear correct here). Although the Doctor has encountered monks, and mentioned learning from monks, throughout the show’s history, as far as I know Tom Baker is the only actor to play the Doctor who actually was connected with the profession of monk. I [Read More...]

Come As You Are

David Hayward shared the above cartoon he created, which depicts a rather literal cookie-cutter type of entrance to the kingdom. The fact that the kingdom’s inhabitants are thus low-budget robots is not without symbolic significance. Once they get in, they sing “Just as I am” – but obviously they have only been accepted “just as [Read More...]

One Church Fits All?

In response to an insightful comment on my post “Church Cocoon” I wrote the following: It may be that we are being unfair to individual churches when we expect them to be everything Christians need throughout their lives. Maternity wards are great places to be born, but may not be the best places to grow up. [Read More...]

(Learning) From a Distance

This is the follow-up to my song parody about online learning, “Message Sent on Moodle,” although I actually had the idea for doing a parody of “From a Distance” on this topic first. Hope you enjoy it. Here are the lyrics: From A Distance From a distance An online course can seem Like something that [Read More...]

Apocryphal Call for Papers

Tony Burke shared this call for papers on his blog: York University Christian Apocrypha Symposium Series 2015 “Fakes, Forgeries, and Fictions” Writing Ancient and Modern Christian Apocrypha September 24-26, 2015 We are pleased to announce the third of a series of symposia on the Christian Apocrypha hosted by the Department of the Humanities at York [Read More...]

If Religion Were The Key To Morality

The above t-shirt came to my attention via Facebook. I certainly do want to acknowledge that there are some “mega-churches” which do in fact look like charities and not like businesses. Sometimes precisely for that reason, they won’t look like or be characterized as “mega-churches.” But are they the exception, or the rule? One can’t judge [Read More...]

#GenCon is Over

I went back to GenCon for family fun day today with family and friends. Not only is GenCon now over, but so is the war between major science fiction and comic book franchises. Here is photographic evidence to prove it: There was also a close encounter between this Starfleet officer and a Dalek: And here’s one [Read More...]

Scripture is Not Alone

 The fact is that “scriptura” by its very nature is a book that people read, so it cannot stand “sola” — alone and isolated from the humans who read it.  Every time we read the Bible, we are seeing it through the windows of our own experience, and understanding it according to our own reasoning. And [Read More...]

Map of the Introvert’s Heart

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Saturday at #GenCon

I spent today at GenCon, and thought I’d share some thoughts and photos. The first thing I went to was a seminar on “Playful Learning in Role Play” led by David Simkins, a professor in the School of Interactive Games and Media at the Rochester Institute of Technology. The session had elements that were inspiring and [Read More...]

Doctor Who Theme on Violin

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The Most Interesting Doctor in the Universe

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