Ridiculously Complicated

Presumably there is a logical explanation for this, although it is one that is often overlooked by religious believers. The Biblical authors didn’t think of God as omnipotent. They had eliminated other gods by rolling them all into one. But God was still one who acted through flood and storm, earthquake and lightning, plague and famine. [Read More...]

An Act of Love

Rev. Frank Schaefer has drawn to my attention that a movie is being made about his experience. Some of you may recall when Schaeffer faced censure by his denomination for officiating at his own son’s same-sex wedding. The movie will be called An Act of Love. If you are interested in supporting the project, there is [Read More...]

The Extent of Literalism

When I first posted the cartoon above by Tim “Spike” Davis, it was accompanied by a screenshot of someone arguing that, since the Bible refers to people reasoning with their hearts in the Bible, the heart must contain a tiny brain. I was subsequently informed that the individual who expressed this view had experienced a severe [Read More...]

Doctor Who: The Magician’s Apprentice

Doctor Who returned to out TV screens this evening, and it was as full as ever of the creative mind-blowing stuff that has characterized the Moffatt era. While that era has been characterized with much that has been silly and frustrating – and this episode is no exception – it has typically made up for [Read More...]

It’s the Jedi Way

It is well known that Alec Guinness did not think at all highly about Star Wars. But he had been hired to play a role, and he did so, and did it well. And so I am surprised that, to my knowledge, no one had added him to the ever-growing collection of “still did their [Read More...]


Butler University’s IT department has created a Wiki to use in training new people, and so they’ve called it a contraction of Wiki IT: Wikit. The obvious Star Wars reference was not lost of them, and so someone made this: [Read more...]

Are Israel and Palestine Safe to Travel To? (Fear and Statistics)

When I’ve sought to reassure students and their parents that travel to Israel is relatively safe, I have often used statistics. In light of the things that have been in the news recently, I thought I should blog about this topic. One is much more likely to be a victim of a homicide in the [Read More...]

#AARSBL15 Blogger Dinner Venue

It is about time we chose a venue for the blogger dinner in Atlanta, which will be from 5pm on Sunday, November 22nd. Three places seem like natural choices to consider: Max Lager’s Gibney’s Pub Meehan’s Public House Pubs work well for this sort of event, because then people can come and go, can have [Read More...]

YCAS Gospel of Jesus’ Wife Panel

Tony Burke has shared details about the presenters and papers that will be part of the Gospel of Jesus’ Wife panel at the upcoming York Christian Apocrypha Symposium. The keynote speaker will be Bart Ehrman. You can find further details, and the finalized schedule, on the conference website. [Read more...]

Doctor Who Discount

To mark the return of Doctor Who to our television screens tomorrow evening, Darton, Longman, and Todd is offering a 30% 33% discount on the book Time and Relative Dimensions in Faith. Just enter the coupon code XOANON when checking out on the DLT website. If you don’t get the reference, there is a serious gap in your knowledge [Read More...]

Ethics and Empathy

The quote comes from the post “How Golden is the Golden Rule?” on Steve Douglas’ blog Undeception. As was pointed out in discussion here previously, a rigidly literalistic adherence to the Golden Rule might lead one to inflict one’s own preferences and desires on others. But clearly the point of the Golden Rule is about [Read More...]

The Other Arks

Hemant Mehta shared the above cartoon. It is always good to ask about things a story doesn’t mention, but which perhaps it should. Gavin Rumney shared an older cartoon that explores a similar idea: [Read more...]

Dangerous Items

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I saw the news about Ahmed Mohamed being handcuffed at his Texas school for bringing to school a clock that he made himself. I lamented the unfair stereotyping of individuals based on their name, their religion, their background. And then I realized that all that transpired in fact confirmed stereotypes that some of us have…of Texans. Perhaps I [Read More...]