Homosexuality and Romans 1-3

Today in my Sunday school class I emphasized that those who use the material in Romans 1 about homosexuality as a weapon with which to condemn and “clobber” others have clearly made the error of stopping reading at the end of chapter 1 – which, like all the chapter and verse divisions in the New [Read More...]

LOST in a Wrinkle in Time

EW has a short but interesting article suggesting a possible insight into LOST that those who know books by Madeleine L’Engle (in particular A Swiftly Tilting Planet, from her “Time Quintet” series that also includes A Wrinkle In Time). Even if they are wrong, it is a line of thinking about the show that is [Read More...]

Ken Ham Hypocrisy Redux

This is essentially a follow-up to my earlier post on this subject. Michael Zimmerman has responded to Ken Ham’s denial of his own hypocrisy. I’ve decided to just reproduce what Michael has to say on the subject, since he was there! Dear Members and Friends of The Clergy Letter Project, Wow, Ken Ham, the head [Read More...]

Monsters vs. Aliens

I just got back from seeing Monsters vs. Aliens. Unfortunately it wasn’t in 3D at the theater I went to. I won’t give away any of the entertaining details, lest I spoil anyone’s enjoyment. But I will share a thought about the message of the movie: we are prone to view those who are too [Read More...]

Intelligent Design’s Fleet of Engineers

The Uncommon Descent blog has offered an interesting attempt at responding to an analogy of evolution. The analogy in question (like all analogies except those appreciated by cdesign proponentsists, apparently) compares the “evolution” of car designs to evolution in biology. At UD, Gil Dodgen replies that this in fact undermines the argument for evolution, since [Read More...]

Quote of the Day (Phil Plait)

“It’s dead obvious that creationism isn’t science, or even bad science. It’s nonsense. But I’ve long stated it’s also bad religion, because it doesn’t just take faith, it also takes a phenomenal disregard of reality.” – Phil Plait, Bad Astronomy blog Phil also recommends this video by a Christian who does a really good job [Read More...]

The Jesus Project

I was recently nominated and invited to become a fellow of The Jesus Project, and I’ve accepted. Most readers of this blog will know that I’ve actively participated in conversations and interactions with a number of other fellows on matters related to the historical figure of Jesus. So I figured I might as well make [Read More...]

Sin and Sci-Fi

Charlie Anders at IO9 has a post on the 7 Deadly Sins of Religion in Science Fiction. It is definitely worth reading, as it insightfully identified examples of “all too easy” plot options in this vein. Carmen Andres has a reflection on the most recent episode of Lost, “He’s Our You“, which seems to avoid [Read More...]

Spiritual McCarthyism

Spencer Burke has an article “From the Third Floor of the Garage” at The Center for Progressive Christianity website. It introduces what I think is in fact an insightful term, “spiritual McCarthyism”. Of course, the term relates to an era in history that is not part of the experience of many of us, but for [Read More...]

Battlestar Galactica Finale: In The End God?

Kenneth Hynek has a fairly comprehensive treatment of the finale of Battlestar Galactica and about the series as a whole. It includes, among other things, a recollection of a discussion he and I had about the theology of the series, once upon a time. Elsewhere in the blogosphere, Progression of Faith has video interviews in [Read More...]

Bye Bye Battlestar

How can one encapsulate in a blog post the finale that brought to an end one of the most fascinating shows on television in recent years? A show that took a show from a couple of decades earlier and reinvented it rather than simply remaking it? [That in itself should have made us think twice [Read More...]

Ken Ham of Answers in Genesis Declares Moral Outrage Over an Action He Performed

Here’s a news gem from Michael Zimmerman of the Clergy Letter Project (and of Butler University, I might add) that is well worth sharing: This item falls well within the dictionary’s definition of hypocrisy! Ken Ham, the head of Answers in Genesis, the group that built the $27 million Creation Museum-cum-theme-park in Kentucky, has recently [Read More...]

Sunday School: Homosexuality and Leviticus 17-20

Today in my Sunday school class, we continued our discussion of homosexuality. Today’s class began by focusing on the section of Leviticus that includes its two mentions of the prohibition against “lying with men the lyings of women”, usually understood to prohibit same-sex male intercourse. It was crucial to begin by pointing out that some [Read More...]

Living and Learning in Light of LOST

LOST is a mystery wrapped in an enigma wrapped in a hatch built by the Dharma Initiative. But if we go back and try to remember watching, wondering and speculating during season one, we have a nice illustration of what is involved in learning and discovery, and what a key hurdle to education can be. [Read More...]