Weird References in Student Papers

I have seen students do some odd things in their bibliographies with such frequency that I am sure it cannot be a coincidence. But I am not sure where they are getting these practices from. The strangest part is the tendency, when citing online sources, to repeat the title of the article, web page, or [Read More...]

Exterminating #FoxNewsFacts

I’ve been wanting to blog about the hilariously idiotic suggestion, made by someone purportedly an expert on Fox News, that Birmingham is a city inhabited only by Muslims, with non-Muslims simply not going there. This is a case of someone saying something which is not merely an error, but indicates clearly that they are making things up [Read More...]

Bart Ehrman on Jesus Mythicism

Mike Bird shared this video of Bart Ehrman giving a nice succinct response to a mythicist. [Read more...]

Obi-Wan Kenobi and Martyrdom

I came across the cartoon above on Reddit. It depicts a satirical cartoonist uttering the words of Obi-Wan Kenobi in response to an armed terrorist. What do you think that might be learned from thinking about Obi-Wan Kenobi as a martyr in the Star Wars story? Or the comparison between Star Wars and recent events? [Read More...]

Downton Abbey and Churches

Recent episodes of Downton Abbey have focused a lot of attention on the way changing society in Britain led to the economic collapse of many estates owned by landed gentry. It struck me recently that this is a nice picture of the situation confronting churches in our time. Society has changed dramatically, and that doesn’t [Read More...]

Doctor Who: Genesis of the Daleks

“Genesis of the Daleks” is arguably one of the greatest episodes in Doctor Who history. It took a deeper look at the history of the Daleks, and also posed interesting moral questions. The time lords send the Doctor and his companions to Skaro, at a time before the first Doctor’s visit in the show’s second [Read More...]

Satin Tempted Job

I didn’t have a lot of howlers in student assignments this past semester. But there was one that made up for it: it said that “satin tempted Job.” I thought that was worth sharing. The image comes from the Bible Exploration website. Yes, I know it is a depiction of Joseph and his coat of many colors. [Read More...]

Jesus: Not God in New Testament Christologies

Here are links to three interesting posts related to New Testament Christology. In each case, the evidence suggests that the New Testament authors in question did not identify Jesus as identical to, part of, or “included in the divine identity” of the one God of Jewish monotheism. First, Andrew Perriman made the case that Hebrews does not [Read More...]

Doctor Who: The Sontaran Experiment

The episode “The Sontaran Experiment” is an interesting one when treated as a companion to “The Ark in Space.” While in the latter the story of Noah was from mythology, in this one, Space Station Nerva has become a legend, and thus viewed like Atlantis. And so Doctor Who, as so many times before, both [Read More...]

Quote for the Start of Semester

The quote from Jimmy Wales, founder of Wikipedia, comes from an article in the Chronicle of Higher Education, “Wikipedia Founder Discourages Academic Use of His Creation.” The same can be said of the dictionary – I find it hard to believe that I get students starting essays with “Webster’s Dictionary defines…” – or worse still, [Read More...]

Doctor Who: The Ark in Space

Doctor Who had explored the scenario of humans sending an ark into space to survive the possible destruction of our planet, in the episode The Ark from the era of the First Doctor. In that episode, the stories about Noah and the ark have been completely forgotten. In this episode, the leader of the humans on [Read More...]

The Meaning of Tragedy

The quote comes from Rev. Stan Duncan’s article in the Huffington Post, “What God’s Role in Tragedy Really Is.” [Read more...]

The Doctor Who Scarf is Completed!

Tonight, my wife finished the Doctor Who scarf she has been making me, and so I had to show it off. [Read more...]

Speaking about Religion

I am teaching a class this semester which focuses on speaking about religion. It will focus on integrating (1) effective communication, (2) the skills that pertain to finding accurate information about religion, and (3) navigating the controversies about religion in the present day. The “readings” for the course will all be recordings of people speaking. And I [Read More...]


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