Our Daily Neologism

It is well known to New Testament scholars (and for the most part completely unknown to almost everyone else who prays the Lord’s Prayer) that the word translated “daily” is a Greek word the meaning of which is uncertain. It is certainly a strong piece of evidence for the connection between the Gospels of Matthew [Read More...]

Quote of the Day (The Internet Theologian)

“There is one thing in the world I love above all others: accuracy. Particularly, accuracy on the subject of Christianity. For years, I have patrolled the byways of the World Wide Web to correct errors, right wrongs, do battle with ignorance, and make fun of people with bad grammar.” – Tom Breen (aka “The Internet [Read More...]

Carol Without Words

“Songs Without Words” are quite common in the classical repertoire. So why am I calling this piece I’m sharing a carol without words? Because it sounds Christmassy to me. And so I share it (in the last hour and a half before it becomes awkwardly late to do so any longer), and invite any who [Read More...]

History and the Meaning of Christmas

A historian, examining the information presented to us in ancient sources about the birth and infancy of Jesus, would find little that is of historical value. That he was born is beyond question, if one is indeed persuaded that Jesus existed as a historical figure, but a historian would like to be able to say [Read More...]

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas!* * This Christmas greeting is offered in accordance with the articles of Christmas previously posted. Some restrictions apply. If the merriness resulting from this greeting lasts for more than 8 hours, please consult your physician. [Read more...]


Here’s the Butler Children’s Orchestra performing Farandole by Bizet: [Read more...]

Time Traveller Convention

Students at MIT are the hosts for the time travellers’ convention scheduled for May 7th, 2005 10:00 pm EDT. We’re looking forward to having seen you there… This actually comes from a book I’ve been reading, Philosophy Through Science Fiction by Ryan Nichols, Nicholas D. Smith, and Fred Miller (New York: Routledge, 2009). The publication [Read More...]

Why Geoffrey Sampson is a Christian

Lots of people (including me) have written on why they are or are not a Christian (or something else for that matter). A good friend pointed out to me the (very British) answer to that question offered by Geoffrey Sampson. I share it in the hope that it will be of interest to some readers, [Read More...]

Ongoing Discussion about Homosexuality and Marriage

I thought I’d mention that the discussion of homsexuality, marriage, the Bible and Christianity that began in time immemorial and has continued in various posts (as well as a recent piece I wrote for Religion Dispatches) is currently continuing most actively in the comments section of this post. If you’re interested in the topic, I [Read More...]

Battlestar Galactica: The Face of the Enemy – Webisode 4

Here’s the latest Battlestar Galactica webisode: http://www.hulu.com/embed/HKKvRpZVHxqjANfd05AF4w [Read more...]

School’s Out ‘Til Summer!

Grades have been submitted. The semester is officially over. When my colleagues return in the Spring to teach their classes, I will not be among them. Instead, I’ll be playing hooky and taking my band on tour. Below are some prelimary tour photos: Band lineups are always changing, and so I invite readers of this [Read More...]

O Come All Ye Faithful

Here are two videos for your enjoyment. The first is “O Come All Ye Faithful” performed by the Butler Children’s Orchestra joined by members of The League of Extraordinary Musicians: The second is the third of the Battlestar Galactica webisodes, “The Face of the Enemy” (HT SF Signal): http://www.hulu.com/embed/6SHbIkH09rA4rxjFZ7PfnA [Read more...]

The Articles of Christmas

This post provides official notification of my intention, on or immediately prior to the 25th of December 2008, to wish readers of my blog a Merry Christmas. If you are likely to find such expression of Christmas greetings/wishes offensive, you are hereby asked to refrain from reading any and all posts on this blog which [Read More...]


I just finished watching the movie Wanted. It is full of violence and vulgarity, and many will love it or hate it for that reason. But beneath the “action flick” surface is an incredibly profound parable, one that parallels a key theme and message of the Matrix films. [WARNING: SPOILERS FOLLOW, although I will try [Read More...]