“The Bible Is Not To Be Questioned”

The blog Think Christian asks whether it is appropriate for a Bible teacher to question the Bible. A parent, angry about the appearance made by Kent Dobson in a documentary that raised questions but did not answer them, objected that “The Bible is never to be questioned!” My own feeling is that this slogan is [Read More...]

Steaming Mad

Here’s another phishing attempt that made it through my spam filter. I have no idea what “Steam” is, but I hope those who do know don’t fall for this hoax and part with their personal information. The link doesn’t take you where it claims to, and the e-mail address likewise shows that the e-mail isn’t [Read More...]

Around the Blogosphere

Indiana made the front page of the New York Times today. It is a good day in the world when a Midwest state’s voter ID law makes the front page, I presume. That requiring people to show that they are who they say they are, when it doesn’t cost them anything, should have to go [Read More...]

Scamming the Scammers

Many of you know that from time to time I highlight those phishing and scam e-mails that make it through my spam filter, for the sake of the gullible who might at least have the common sense to google keywords from the e-mail, even if they clearly lack the common sense to know that no [Read More...]

SBL Approves

April 27, 2008 To: Members of the SBL RE: AAR Announcement On April 14th the AAR issued the following statement to its members: In light of scheduling and logistical problems connected with the proposed Independent Annual Meeting, and given the views our members expressed in our recent member survey, the [AAR] Board, in its April [Read More...]

Song without words

Here’s a little piece (turned into a MIDI file using Finale) that I wrote for my wife on our last anniversary. With all the music I’ve been posting lately, I thought I’d share one of my own as well… [Read more...]

The Top 100 Intellectuals Meme

I’ve been tagged with a meme, even though I still have an earlier meme I haven’t got to yet. John Hobbins draws attention to Foreign Policy’s top 100 intellectuals. I am at least vaguely familiar with the writings and/or work of less than half of them – which isn’t good, I presume! John Hobbins (who [Read More...]

Erich Wolfgang Korngold

Having brought up music, let me share with readers of this blog some of my favorite music. Below are two clips from YouTube of performances of parts of the violin concerto by Erich Wolfgang Korngold. You have almost certainly heard music by Korngold before, and just didn’t know it. If you’ve seen the classic movie [Read More...]

Expose Yourself

As the semester draws to a close (today is the last day of classes for us), I thought I’d repost an end-of-semester entry from my old blog site, originally posted in May 2005: I had the great privilege of attending a fantastic concert at Clowes Hall here at Butler University. The program was Stravinski’s Symphony [Read More...]

Send Your Personal Data To A Senator…In Hong Kong

This phishing attempt had no “Dear Sir or Madam”, no introductory line. Just a request for personal information and the claim that one would be sent an ATM card that has a large cash line behind it. Why would a random senator send you such a thing? Why would the senator have a Hong Kong [Read More...]

Dancing Around The Truth

We have a purple tree in our yard. I would love to know what sort of tree it is. But I do know I find it beautiful. Is one sort of knowledge not lacking something without the other to complement it? Which is more important, if either? Or are both not important? On a comment [Read More...]

The Sound of Things to Come: Benjamin Linus Plays Rachmaninov

In case anyone was wondering, the piece Benjamin Linus was playing on LOST (in the episode “The Shape Of Things To Come“) was Rachmaninov’s Prelude in C# minor. It is a wonderful piece, which I once upon a time could just about make it through from beginning to end. The middle section is challenging to [Read More...]

Around the Blogosphere

Last night’s episode of LOST? AMAZING! Scientist, Interrupted shares decisive considerations why Noah’s flood can’t account for fossil footprints. Chuck Blanchard discusses Christianity and evolution. Experimental theology discusses current intellectual debates. Iyov suggests that Nancy Pelosi got the Bible right even though she got it wrong. Internet Monk explains why saying you “simply believe the [Read More...]

A Time Traveller LOST in the Sahara Desert

Tonight’s return of LOST was absolutely amazing, possibly the best episode yet in the whole series in some ways. Things that were still speculation are now certain. Many more mysteries are set before us. Ben teleports to the Sahara Desert. He is wearing a Dharma Initiative jacket and retches, so whatever the method of travelling [Read More...]