Avant Garde Christianity

To some, the notion of “avant garde Christianity” sounds like a contradiction in terms. Isn’t Christianity about “telling the old old story”, they might ask. But this is really no different than those who respond to avant garde music by saying “You call that music?” and those who respond to a canvas filled with abstract [Read More...]

Spirits in a Material World: A Multi-Blog Conversation

There is a conversation going on around the blogosphere. It includes Larry Moran’s posts on “Sophisticated Religion“, “Sophisticated Believers“, and most recently “Clear as Mud”. Drew Tatusko has contributed a post on “God and Supernaturalism“as well as “Dear Atheist“. My own posts include “Does Being Exist?” and “Not Getting Through“. Carlo posted on “How To [Read More...]

Does Being Exist?

If the title of this post seems odd, I agree. But it helpfully shows why adherents to panentheism, Sufi Islam, some branches of Buddhism, process theology, existentialist theology, linguistic theology and pantheism (and perhaps others such as “mystical atheists“) find themselves frustrated by repeated questions such as “What sophisticated arguments can you offer for the [Read More...]

LOST: A Theory On Time Travel

IO9 just shared a link to a web site that tries to explain what is going on on LOST in terms of time travel, time displacement and time loops. Fans will definitely want to take a look! [Read more...]

Human Rights Around The Universe

Amused Muse points out that the Discovery Institute is closer to Hitler’s view than those they accuse. For those who still know what “right wing” means, this is no surprise. Also at Pharyngula, which has another post on a University being taken to court because it dares to point out that some religious views are [Read More...]

Christian Shepherd: Time Traveller?

Many fans of LOST have noticed how Christian Shepherd has appeared different, and dressed differently, than in previous appearances. There are two possible explanations for this, both of which would make sense in terms of the mytholology and worldview of LOST. The first option is that Christian is himself involved with either Widmore or the [Read More...]

Not Getting Through

Is it just me wanting to ask questions that Larry Moran doesn’t consider interesting, or am I genuinely having trouble getting through? Here’s what he wrote in a recent comment on his blog, in response to my response to his response to… The question that interests me is whether supernatural beings exist. If there are [Read More...]

Around the Blogosphere

Amused Muse blogs about Hedges, Hot Dish and Hogwash. Or about Expelled, in case the title isn’t self explanatory. Bad Idea Blog wonders if Expelled is running out of steam. Duane Smith comments on Einstein’s letter (see also Vridar). Larry Moran doesn’t care. Chuck Blanchard blogs about neuroscience and religion. Ancient Hebrew Poetry also touches [Read More...]

Apprehending Jesus’ Apprehension

There are a few intriguing details about the arrest of Jesus that are given insufficient attention in scholarly as well as more popular studies. Jerome Murphy-O’Connor makes much of the fact that Jesus could have seen those coming to arrest him making their way with torches from Jerusalem across the Kidron Valley towards the place [Read More...]

Science and Religion Around the Blogosphere

(Or “Einstein the Atheist Wraps Anti-Evolutionists in Poison Ivy Flagella”) Those who claim evolution makes no predictions need to go roll around in poison ivy. For some, experiential learning works best. Mark Perrakh talks about what bacterial flagella really look like. Doppelganger asks if what is good for the Haeckel is also good for the [Read More...]

Has Science Made Belief In God Obsolete?

Metanexus has made a lengthy excerpt from Keith Ward’s latest book, Big Questions in Science and Religion, available online. Although it may be less than persuasive as an argument for theism, it certainly shows the limitations of materialism and the continued viability of religious worldviews. [Read more...]

Who’s in charge on LOST? The Producers!

Here’s the latest from LOST’s bosses about the mysteries of the show (HT SF Signal). If it reveals nothing else, is shows Plenty of Nothing to be wrong about LOST. And if you don’t know what LOST’s J. J. Abrams’ latest project is, you definitely need to pay a visit to IO9. There’s also a [Read More...]

Job Announcement for Science-Lovers

The National Center for Science Education, a non-profit organization that defends the teaching of evolution in the public schools, seeks candidates for a position in its Public Information Project. Staff members in the Public Information Project provide advice and support to local activists faced with threats to evolution education in their communities. They also provide [Read More...]

Of the line of David?

After church today, someone asked me why we say that Jesus is “of the line of David” when Joseph was his step-father. It was an insightful question, one that inattentive readers of the Bible often fail to even raise. The irony, I replied, is that two incompatible genealogies for Jesus are preserved in precisely those [Read More...]


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