Quote of the Day (Marilyn McEntyre)

“The question of which scriptural teachings are “non-negotiable,” and which bear multiple plausible interpretations, continues to divide the church, as it has ever since Peter and Paul debated the circumcision and dietary laws.” – Marilyn McEntyre, “Dogma and Disagreement”, God’s politics [Read more...]

Reading Greek, Syriac and Aramaic on a Pocket PC

I am quite sure that the number of people who have a deep desire to be able to read ancient languages on their Pocket PC is small indeed. But the fact that texts that should work are available online might lead one to hope. Yet most of the texts I’ve tried confront major issues. Aramaic [Read More...]

Spirit Cry review of The Burial of Jesus

Cameron Horsburgh at Spirit Cry has posted a review of my book, The Burial of Jesus: History and Faith. Thank you, Cameron! [Read more...]

Adventures in the Spirit: Part Two

Part Two of Philip Clayton’s book Adventures in the Spirit focuses on a (perhaps the) key concept for Clayton and many others seeking to relate religion and science, traditional theological concepts such as God and the soul on the one hand and data from physics and biology on the other: Emergence. Chapter 4 begins by [Read More...]

Adventures in the Spirit: Part One

In Part One of his book Adventures in the Spirit: God, World, Divine Action, Philip Clayton explores the methods of philosophy and theology. Chapter 1 is entitled “Critical Faith: Theology in the Midst of the Sciences”, and it begins by setting forth the goal of the studies included here, which is “to develop and defend [Read More...]

LOST: Where To From Here?

Ben Shapiro at Big Hollywood has some interesting philosophical reflections on LOST, coupled with some speculations about what happens next (HT SF Signal). [Read more...]

Islam in Sunday School

Today in my Sunday school class we talked about Islam. In recent weeks, we had turned to the subject of how Christians might/should view other religions, and it was felt that those in the class would benefit from learning more about other religions. It is hard, if not impossible, to discuss how one might view [Read More...]

LOST: Checkmate

Some excellent reflections on the season 5 finale of LOST have been posted at Entertainment Weekly by Doc Jensen (HT Carmen Andres, who also has posted her own thoughts about the episode). Here’s a sample, which represents his own theory about the significance of certain events: Much of the castaways’ history — including the crash [Read More...]

LOST: What Lies in the Shadow of the Season 5 Finale?

Let me say it from the outset: this post will discuss last night’s episode, the finale of the penultimate season of LOST. If you don’t want to learn what happens in that episode just yet, or you don’t want answers to some of the questions viewers of that episode were left with, then read no [Read More...]

The Evolution of God

Hachette Book Group would like to offer five copies of Robert Wright’s brand new book The Evolution of God to five readers of this blog. I will have copies sent to the first five who either send me an e-mail or leave a comment requesting a copy. I’m afraid that this opportunity is only for [Read More...]

The View From Everywhere: Impartiality, Objectivity and Other Ideals

I’m grateful to Pat McCullough for drawing my attention to recent posts on the blog In The Corner With Matt. Among other interesting things, I found a quote from a recent book by Rodney Stark about history and evidence that paralleled some of my own thoughts over the past couple of days. The “postmodern” challenge [Read More...]

Quote of the Day (Denis Diderot)

“Doubts in the matter of religion, far from being acts of impiety, ought to be seen as good works, when they belong to a man who humbly recognizes his ignorance and is motivated by the fear of displeasing God by the abuse of reason.” – Denis Diderot, Addition aux Pensées philosophiques, par. 1, in Diderot, [Read More...]

Around the Blogosphere

There have been some incredibly substantive posts around the blogosphere over the past couple of days. In the domain of New Testament: Loren Rosson has an extensive overview and review of John P. Meier’s latest volume on the historical Jesus. Michael Barber considered the historicity of the temple incident. Mike Koke asked about pseudonymous works [Read More...]

Cafeteria Christianity

A comment on my previous post got me thinking about the image of “cafeteria Christianity” – the idea being of a smorgasbord from which one picks and chooses, which is not in and of itself necessarily a bad thing. I’d like to explore the metaphor further. All who consider themselves Christians are in the cafeteria. [Read More...]