Science Fiction and Fantasy Research Database

I recently had drawn to my attention a very useful online database of academic treatments of science fiction and/or fantasy. There’s a lot on religion (my own main interest), but also much much more. [Read more...]

Review of The Lost World of Genesis One, Part Two

The second proposition or chapter in Walton’s recent book The Lost World of Genesis One emphasizes the functional orientation of ancient cosmology. Walton begins by asking what it means for something to “exist”, and in the process he illustrates how existence in numerous cases is not about material or material existence. Curricula may exist in [Read More...]

Around the Blogosphere

There have been lots of posts this weekend that ought not to be missed. First, Mark Vernon has an insightful and provocative post on Christian agnosticism. Elsewhere there’s a great analogy that gives a sense of what the Gospel might have sounded like to its earliest hearers. Funnily enough, Mark Goodacre has a podcast on [Read More...]

Outsmarted by the Unintelligent

Humans are arguably the most intelligent beings on the planet (the fact that we can act in spectacularly unintelligent ways at times notwithstanding). We have been and continue to be devoted to “outsmarting” diseases. And yet we find it challenging. The reason is not in serious dispute. It is evolution. Were it not for the [Read More...]

Jesus Seminar Videos

I poked around YouTube for videos featuring scholars and historians talking about the historical Jesus, and the following are two of the more interesting/useful ones I came across: Marcus Borg talking about the color-coded ranking system used by the Jesus Seminar, and highlighting which elements of both the popular and dominant scholarly view of Jesus [Read More...]

Describing Religion and Science Fiction

In addition to teaching my Historical Jesus class for the first time this semester, I also plan to work on the course description for the new course on religion and science fiction that I’ll be teaching in the Spring. The gist of it will be something along the following lines: This course will explore and [Read More...]

Classes Have Started!

Classes have begun. Today is the first day of classes at Butler. I’m teaching two sections of Bible on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. [Read more...]

New Plagiarism Tutorial

After linking to the plagiarism tutorial on the Butler University library web site, I learned that they have just introduced a brand new tutorial in video format. Take a look! [Read more...]

Review of The Lost World Of Genesis One, Part One

John H. Walton’s book The Lost World of Genesis One: Ancient Cosmology and the Origins Debate (Downers Grove: InterVarsity Press, 2009) has deservedly been getting significant amounts of attention. It combines a committment to the authority of Scripture with a direct and pointed challenge to a very popular way of viewing the Bible and its [Read More...]

If You’re Determined To Plagiarize

A message to students at the start of a new academic year: If you are determined to plagiarize, at least have the courtesy to do so as early as possible in the semester. Plagiarism is a heinous act of intellectual dishonesty. It is the attempt to pass off another’s work as your own, whether in [Read More...]

Quote of the Day (Michael Whitenton)

Anyone who uses Strong’s Numbers has no idea how to read Hebrew, Aramaic, or Greek (depending on the Strong’s Number). All that will spill from that person’s mouth is rubbish (mixed with that morning’s breakfast). – Michael Whitenton, “No, that’s not what it means at all (an open letter)” on his blog Ecce Homo [Read more...]

A Course In Stupidity

A colleague sent me this link to a Huffington Post article about a course at Occidental College on Stupidity. Here’s the course description: Stupidity is neither ignorance nor organicity, but rather, a corollary of knowing and an element of normalcy, the double of intelligence rather than its opposite. It is an artifact of our nature [Read More...]

You Scare Me, Mr. Pritchett

On a Romanian blog I learned of an open letter written by Lou Pritchett, a retired VP of Procter and Gamble, to President Obama. In it, he expresses a number of things that scare him about Obama. Even being in regular contact with conservative viewpoints, I was still taken aback by what Pritchett wrote: AN [Read More...]

Genesis: The Missing Chapters

I’m sure that the thought has crossed my mind before, and I’m sure that books I read about the Hebrew Bible mentioned this, but having been reading lately about ancient creation stories, perhaps my mind has been processing this familiar data from a different angle lately. What struck me this morning is the absence of [Read More...]