The Greatest Disagreement in the Bible? Job vs. Chronicles

Moving from Job straight to Chronicles this semester, I was struck by a contrast between the outlook of these two works in a way I hadn’t noticed in precisely these terms before. The Book of Job pronounces judgment on Job’s friends because they are willing to rewrite the history of Job’s life in order to [Read More...]

Visits From Two Families

Today my family and I had the delightful privilege of having Joel Watts (possibly known to readers as Polycarp of the blog The Church of Jesus Christ) and his family spend time with us, first at the public library and then at home. As if this weren’t enough of a treat, we had a visit [Read More...]

LOST Humor

LOST Slapdown, Part 7 LOST Untangled – Recon [Read more...]

John Walton Videos

Our recording of the lecture yesterday may have hit some hiccups – I’ll keep you posted. Either way, in the mean time, here are some other videos to enjoy. First, here’s a recent one posted by the BioLogos Foundation: And then here’s part one of a six-part sequence on YouTube with an audio recording of [Read More...]

Elsewhere On Campus During The Lecture…

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John Walton at Butler University: Thank You To All Who Attended!

Thank you to everyone who attended tonight’s lecture by John Walton on Genesis 1 and ancient cosmology at Butler University. I was really pleased with the turn-out, especially when there was the NCAA tournament game taking place at the same time. And congratulations to Butler’s team for winning – I know it wasn’t your fault the game [Read More...]

Around the Blogosphere

Lawrence Kuhn asks whether intelligent aliens would undermine God.Jesus Creed has part 2 of “The Challenge of Adam” which includes two videos by Peter Enns.Gordon Glover offers the latest installment in the Design Detective video series. Unreasonable Faith suggests that N. T. Wright’s interpretations can be too clever by half.Eric Reitan has been interviewed at [Read More...]

Daniel Dennett. “Where Am I?”

This classic piece of philosophical science fiction by Daniel Dennett, “Where Am I?“, is the reading for my Religion and Science Fiction class for Friday. It is a valuable piece in its own right, but also nicely illustrates how science fiction can be useful to philosophers and other thinkers as thought experiments to help us [Read More...]

Ravel Archive

There is more by Ravel on the Internet Archive, but here are a few samples… Daphnis and Chloe Suite No.2 (Philadelphia Orchestra, Eugene Ormandy) http://www.archive.org/flow/flowplayer.commercial-3.0.5.swf?0.7942708843806401 Another recording of the Daphnis and Chloe Suite No.2 (because it is such a wonderful piece – I wish there was a recording of the whole ballet on the Internet Archive!) by [Read More...]

What Widmore Wants: What He LOST

Just a quick LOST-related thought. I think that most discussions of this season have neglected key insights from last season, such as that Widmore and Hawking may both have been acting in order to prevent the death of their son, Daniel Faraday. As far as Widmore can tell, the attempt was unsuccessful. And so perhaps he [Read More...]

From The Archives: Why I Am A Christian

This is a repost of a blog post from 2007, which is apparently so long ago that it is hard to find even if you specifically search for it by its title. So I’m reposting it, since someone asked me this question again recently… One criticism I have of Bertrand Russell’s famous essay, “Why I [Read More...]

Abraham, Sarah, Hagar, and a Miracle

Views on ancient narratives and miracles change. From the perspective of modern readers, the fact that Sarah conceived when she was old is interesting but does not seem miraculous. What seems like a miracle to modern readers is Sarah thinking that her husband sleeping with another woman was a good idea! (Tonight I took over [Read More...]

Around the Blogosphere

Sabio Lantz continues his series on The Burial of Jesus, this time comparing accounts of the death of Jesus and the Buddha.Scotteriology continues a series on whether higher criticism destroys the Bible.Cryptotheology shares a video featuring Ian Paul of St. John’s College Nottingham explaining apocalyptic literature.Loren Rosson continues the discussion of faith in/of Christ in [Read More...]

Lost? Don’t Stop Believin’!

Jeremy at Hacking Christianity has two posts on doubt, one related to the On Faith series about clergy doubt I mentioned yesterday, the other about the character Richard Alpert on LOST. And here’s some music to listen to while you ponder this topic:http://concerts.wolfgangsvault.com/common/swf/wgv_st_player.swf [Read more...]


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