Most Dangerous Bloggers of 2008

I am grateful to David Ker for the honor of being included on his list of the “Most Dangerous Bloggers of 2008“. I also like the particular warning label he chose for me: I’m not usually in a bad mood, am I? At any rate, I do hope that the rest of what he said [Read More...]

Darwin Worship Resource Materials

No, this isn’t about resources for the worship of Darwin. Neither the scientific community nor its opponents would have any interest in doing that. But there are some worship resources related to Darwin that have been made available by the Clergy Letter Project, to help congregations prepare to participate in Evolution Weekend 2009. 2009 marks [Read More...]

Jon Stewart vs. Mike Huckabee on Gay Marriage

Jon Stewart has a pointed rather than amusing interview of Mike Huckabee on the subject of gay marriage (HT ERV). Here’s the URL in case the embedded video below doesn’t work. There’s also a post on a related subject at Notes From Off Center..cc_box a:hover .cc_home{background:url(‘’) !important;}.cc_links a{color:#b9b9b9;text-decoration:none;}.cc_show a{color:#707070;text-decoration:none;}.cc_title a{color:#868686;text-decoration:none;}.cc_links a:hover{color:#67bee2;text-decoration:underline;} The Daily Show With [Read More...]

Return to Orality?

Stephen Chrisomalis and Mark Dingemanse both respond to the notion that our society shows evidence of a return to orality. It is certainly far more common now than it was a couple of decades ago for people to listen to a book in the car or on their ipod. But one doesn’t have to go [Read More...]

Every Star Shall Sing A Carol

In my last post I mentioned that Ray Bradbury’s “Christus Apollo” is but one of several poems or songs exploring the meaning of Christmas in the context of both Christian theology and the possibility of intelligent extraterrestrial life. Another example is Sydney Carter’s “Every Star Shall Sing A Carol“. Here’s an excerpt: Who can tell [Read More...]

Christus Apollo

As Christmas approaches, and in the heavens exoplanets are glimpsed by telescopes of tremendous power, and carbon dioxide detected in their far off atmospheres, it seems appropriate to draw attention to a less well-known work by science fiction author Ray Bradbury. His sonnet/cantata “Christus Apollo” is but one of several 20th century poems and carols [Read More...]

God & Genes x2

SCM Press has made chapters from two books related to religion and science available on their web site: Keith Ward, Religion and Human Fulfillment, Chapter 1: The God Gene: The Relation of Religion and Altruism Neil Messer, Selfish Genes and Christian Ethics, Chapter 1: Introduction [Read more...]

The Only True Book Cover Blurbs

The online University of Illinois Press catalog provides the two blurbs from scholars that will appear on the back of my forthcoming book The Only True God: Early Christian Monotheism in Its Jewish Context. Here they are: “This work puts forward a compelling thesis, questioning the default assumption that what separated first-century Jews and Christians [Read More...]

One Season Ends, Another Begins

Next Monday the season finales of Chuck, Heroes and Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles are scheduled. The latter looks particularly intriguing, since it seems from the commercial that a machine will ask whether he is one of God’s children. Whatever answer may be given on the show, the fact that the question is being posed [Read More...]

Sparring with Jesus

At Best Buy yesterday, looking at the Nintendo Wii, one of the salespeople pointed out that in Wii Sports, one of the characters you can box against looks like Jesus. What do you think? Many Christians, while they might disagree, can at least just barely tolerate the desire (expressed in a particular song) that someone [Read More...]

Quote of the Day (Lisa Miller)

“Let’s try for a minute to take the religious conservatives at their word and define marriage as the Bible does. Shall we look to Abraham, the great patriarch, who slept with his servant when he discovered his beloved wife Sarah was infertile? Or to Jacob, who fathered children with four different women (two sisters and [Read More...]

Science, Idolatry, and Anthropomorphism

Here are two more quotes from Chet Raymo‘s book When God Is Gone, Everything Is Holy: “If science has given one great gift to the world – greater than the wonders of technology, greater than modern medicine, greater than flights to the moon and planets – it has given us permission not to know everything” [Read More...]

Quote of the Day (Chet Raymo)

“All personal gods are idolatrous, especially any personal god we dignify with a capital G. The great service to humanity of science has been to sweep the anthropomorphic gods away or, at the very least, to show them for what they are, phantoms of the human brain. What we are given in their place is [Read More...]

On The Trail Of NT Wrong: This One Goes Up To 11

Jim West has declared the quest finished. Albert Schweitzer has also chimed in: The study of the Life of NT Wrong has had a curious history. It set out in quest of the historical Wrong, believing that when it had found Him it could bring Him straight into our time as a Blogger and Bishop. [Read More...]