John Haught in Indiana

The NCSE just sent an e-mail about the fact that John F. Haught will be speaking on “Evolution and Faith: What Is at Stake?” at 7:30 p.m. on October 22, at Rawles Hall, Room 100 on the campus of Indiana University in Bloomington. Admission is free and open to the public. Haught is senior fellow [Read More...]

Historical Jesus Videos Online

In addition to the PBS video series From Jesus To Christ, which can be watched online, another useful program I’ve found online is the National Geographic show Jesus the Preacher, featuring numerous well known scholars as well as useful information about topography and oral communication. [Read more...]

Geocities Is Closing

Those who have materials on Geocities will already have received e-mails about the fact that the site will be closing in about a week’s time. Others who have found useful things there from time to time, however, may not be aware of this. If there is something on there that you have found useful, now [Read More...]

Ongoing Conversations: From the Synoptic Problem to Penal Substitution

Two blogs I read regularly today shared posts that relate directly or indirectly to conversations we’ve had in the blogosphere. First is Mark Goodacre, who pointed out the great resources made available on the web site connected with Mark Allen Powell’s new book Introducing the New Testament. He then went on to note some problems [Read More...]

In The Cage Match

The two most famous keyboard solos performed by Tony Banks of Genesis are those in Cinema Show and In The Cage. To some, they are familiar in part from a medley that he often performs live in concert (with one additional brief motif from “Riding the Scree” sometimes thrown in for good measure). I promised [Read More...]

Gratuitous Religiosity On Heroes?

If you haven’t watched tonight’s episode yet, don’t read this. It mentions something that happens at the very end of the episode. So having offered a spoiler warning, now we can continue. Basically this post is to ask what other fans of Heroes made of Sylar’s “baptism”. Lots of characters are seeking redemption in this [Read More...]

Tony Banks on BBC Rock School

While looking for some videos to help me work out the left hand chords that accompany the keyboard solo on the Genesis song “In The Cage”, I happened across this video with Tony Banks talking about his keyboard melodies on a BBC documentary from the 1980s. [Read more...]

LOST and Egyptology

LOST is of particular interest to Egyptologists, whose services have been called upon once again to explain some of the show’s mythology, hieroglyphics, and symbolism. DocArtz points out an article in Popular Mechanics which in turn enlists the help of Dr. James Allen, Wilbour Professor of Egyptology and Chair of Egyptology and Ancient Western Asian [Read More...]

War, Peace, and Texts

Commenter Scott Gray left a detailed comment on a recent post, which I thought deserved to be highlighted in a post of its own. The original post asked whether it is appropriate to “do violence to” violent texts. Scott explored some of the different types of “peace” and “warfare” that one might engage in with [Read More...]

Jesus Is My Episco-pal

The title of this post comes from tonight’s episode of FlashForward, which has begun to delve further into the religious questions that people would inevitably ask after a major crisis – even one that didn’t involve unexplained visions of the future. The Episcopal priest in the episode fits a familiar stereotype (think Ned Flanders’ attempt [Read More...]


I’m now in a training session to learn to use Umbraco, a content-management system we’ll be using at Butler for web pages. As my department’s webmaster, I am responsible for managing our web content. It sounds like a relatively easy-to-use yet powerful way of maintaining web content, and since I’m sitting here waiting for them [Read More...]

Mark, James and Q

Mark Goodacre has posted a response to my recent post about his book The Case Against Q. While there are some things that we don’t see eye to eye on (and that may change in the future, of course), there are certain key methodological concerns that we do agree on, and this combination of agreement [Read More...]

A Conservative View On The Conservative Bible Project

I came across this and thought I’d share it. Even those who consider themselves conservative find the Conservative Bible Project problematic in more ways than one. Here’s what the blog “Beside The Point” had to say, which includes some humorous suggestions on how the Bible might be made more conservative – and more American: Okay, [Read More...]

Upcoming Conference at Notre Dame: Darwin In The 21st Century

I was just reminded about a conference that I think I had heard about at some point but which dropped off my radar. The University of Notre Dame (under the auspices of their Reilly Center for Science, Technology and Values and their Center for Continuing Education) will be holding a conference at the very beginning [Read More...]