The Stupid Stuff

The title of this blog entry is a phrase that came up in Sunday school yesterday. We were continuing our discussion of Leviticus 19 and the question of why we do some things the Bible says but not others. The suggestion was made that we should preserve the valuable stuff but discard or ignore “the [Read More...]

Two Religion and Science Fiction Links

At TheoFantastique, there’s an interview with Robert Geraci about his work on robots and the sacred. At IO9, a reflection on Dune‘s elevation of humans to godhood. [Read more...]

No iPadd, Try a Trek Tablet

Daniel and Tonya expressed their disappointment that an app that made the iPad look like a Star Trek device has been withdrawn. I would like to point out that PCs already exist that meet StarFleet specifications. First, for less than the price of an iPad, get yourself an Asus Eee PC Tablet. It is a full-fledged PC, running [Read More...]

Whom or What do you Worship and Why?

Recently in my religion and science fiction class (inspiring a number of recent posts on the class blog) the assigned reading was an article by Aaron Smuts, a draft of which is online. The final version appeared as “‘The Little People’: Power and the Worshipable,” in Philosophy in The Twilight Zone, eds. Lester Hunt and [Read More...]

Review of O’Collins’ Christology in RBL

My review of Gerald O’Collins, Christology: A Biblical, Historical, and Systematic Study of Jesus (Oxford University Press, 2009), has just appeared in Review of Biblical Literature. [Read more...]

LOST Happily Untangled and Slapped Down Ever After

Here are the latest humorous recap and the first ever LOST batting challenge: There are some genuine Lost revelations in the second of the videos, which explains how Nicky and Paolo’s death was decided on. True love is unraveling everything. Namaste, brother. [Read more...]

Christological Evolution

Nick Norelli has posted on the subject of pagan influence on early Christology, and I’ve already joined in the conversation. As I argued in John’s Apologetic Christology, I too find unpersuasive and problematic the idea that Jesus went from (as Maurice Casey put it) Jewish prophet to Gentile God. But the other major view, which [Read More...]

Anton Bruckner, Symphony No.4 “Romantic”

Having mentioned Anton Bruckner’s symphonies here recently, I realized I have never shared his most famous symphony, the 4th, also known as the “Romantic” symphony, all movements of which can be found on the Internet Archive. [Read more...]

Free Language Learning Resources

I have come across several useful online language-learning resources recently, in the form of web sites with freely available courses such as those developed by the Foreign Service Institute. Here are some worth checking out: FSI Language CoursesSo you want to learn a language?Peace Corps language lessonsSyrian ArabicEducation Resources Information Center [Read more...]

Progressive Christian Soup

I had never heard of The Sacred Sandwich until a few minutes ago when I came across a post by revJohn which included a link there. Having poked around just a little, I thought I should share this ad: [Read more...]

The Epic Pat Metheny

I think I’ve mentioned the site Wolfgang’s Vault before. Here’s some more music from there for your enjoyment, the Pat Metheny Group performing their song “The Epic” live in 1978. [Read more...]

Dialogue, Memes, and Temporary Torments in the Biblioblogosphere

Doug Chaplin has interacted with me on the subject of historians and the resurrection, following up on an earlier post about the empty tomb. John Hobbins has tagged me with a meme (in response to Doug), his version of which is as follows: (1) Name one idea that used to be seen as a key [Read More...]

Jim McGrath, Spokesman For The Butler Bulldogs

Daniel Kirk wonders whether he has discovered what else I do at Butler besides teaching religion. The truth is, there is another Jim McGrath at Butler, in Athletics. He was at Butler first, and he’s the reason I have the awkward e-mail address with the middle initial and truncated last name. He’s also one of [Read More...]

Recent Searches

Here are some searches that brought people here recently: jesus said when you see Barack Obama the end times are here Um, no, he didn’t. Does that answer your question? black smoke monster theology I do hope to offer some black smoke monster theology here very soon. Watch this space! And here’s my favorite: exploring [Read More...]