A Historic Inauguration, A Historic Sermon Still To Come

I’ve watched the events of the last 24 hours with awe and excitement, unable to think of anything to blog that would be adequate to the occasion. But I do want to mention that Rev. Sharon Watkins, who will be preaching at the National Prayer Service tomorrow, is not only a Butler University graduate, but [Read More...]

So Insignificant, So Special

The latest cartoon from The Ongoing Adventures of ASBO Jesus captures well how there can be different perspectives on the same evidence. I’d say that both can be true, simultaneously, as different facets of the same reality. [Read more...]

Doubt in Faith’s Clothing

I found myself thinking today that what fundamentalists call “faith” looks surprisingly like “doubt”, and what they consider “doubt” at the very least demonstrates a greater amount of “faith” than their own so-called “faith”. Let me explain. (And, by the way, I hope none of those “quotation marks” were “unnecessary”) Fundamentalists increasingly take measures to [Read More...]

Quotes of the Day

I couldn’t choose, so here are several gems to choose from: “Biblical inerrancy can’t hold off demographic realities forever” (Bill Leonard) “I’ve said it before: the surprising thing isn’t that creationists are dishonest; it’s that, with all the practice they’ve had, they aren’t any better at it” (John Pieret). “If you don’t like change, you’re [Read More...]

Spoiler Alert

I finally got to watch the latest episode of Battlestar Galactica. Answers and more questions. Despair and freedom. I am sure I’ll have some thoughts, but for now, here are links to all the posts I turned my eyes away from over the course of the day, as I waited for the chance to see [Read More...]

Teach Them Science

I’ve just been made aware of two web sites related to science education and/or the relationship between religion and evolution. The first is called Teach Them Science. The second is the Fact and Faith website, which includes a book that can be downloaded for free entitled God By Evolution. [Read more...]

On The Trail Of Bullgeschichte

My quest for NT Wrong took me across vast stretches of time and space. Today’s quest took me to unexpected places, too, but the end is one I ought to have seen coming. I’ve been discussing mythicism as well as oral tradition, both in relation to the historical figure of Jesus, on this blog in [Read More...]

Androids and Antiquity Around the Blogosphere

IO9 asks whether androids pray to electric gods. Galactica Sitrep tells us all the places we can get access to Battlestar Galactica episodes. John Morehead will be turning his attention to Mormon myth and sacred narrative. Ancient World Online and Horothesia share links to online ancient sources, such as the Nag Hammadi texts and the [Read More...]

Review of Keith Ward, The Big Questions in Science and Religion

Here’s the Table of Contents for my multi-post review of Keith Ward, The Big Questions in Science and Religion (West Conshohocken: Templeton Foundation Press, 2008): Introduction and a Quotation Chapter 1: How Did The Universe Begin? Chapter 2: How Will the Universe End? Chapter 3: Is Evolution Compatible with Creation? Chapter 4: Do the Laws [Read More...]

Latest (Last?) Dharma Special Access Videos

The 8th (and perhaps final?) Dharma Special Access videos have been posted. The first is a sneak peek at a Hurley-centric moment in the season premiere. The second is the “faces of LOST”, and I can’t help but feel that the backgrounds and settings in which the photos of the cast were taken are symbolic [Read More...]

Keith Ward, Big Questions in Science and Religion 10: Does Science Allow for Revelation and Divine Action?

The final chapter in Keith Ward’s book The Big Questions in Science and Religion focuses on the question of divine action. This is, in essence, the biggest question for a religious worldview interacting with modern science: What does God do? Ward begins by emphasizing the need to address such questions from a well-informed perspective: “Unfortunately, [Read More...]

Ken Olson’s Review of The Jesus Legend

Ken Olson has written an insightful review of Eddy and Boyd’s The Jesus Legend. It touches on a number of issues that I’m currently working on, such as oral tradition and historical reliability. I highly recommend it! [Read more...]

Speaking of what we do not know

A while ago I shared a video offering a “review” of LOST by someone who hadn’t seen it. Well, even funnier is this video in which someone who has never seen a Star Wars movie all the way to the end trying to piece together what happens in the trilogy. You will cry laughing! http://vimeo.com/moogaloop.swf?clip_id=2809991&server=vimeo.com&show_title=1&show_byline=1&show_portrait=0&color=&fullscreen=1Star [Read More...]

Review of Biblical Literature Blog

Review of Biblical Literature has just announced that from now on it will also be maintaining a blog, providing both an additional format for accessing book reviews and a forum in which they can be discussed. The address is http://rblnewsletter.blogspot.com/ [Read more...]


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