I received a request to post something on prooftexting, and I’m not sure I have much to add beyond what has already been said in the recent post from Jeremy Smith arguing against memorizing verses from the Bible (in turn inspired by a post by Matt Cleaver). The principle is well known: “A text taken [Read More...]

The Far Left Side

A blog I read shared a cartoon from a series called The Far Left Side, and I found several related to religion, including this one: this one: this one: and this one: There are even more that relate to health care and insurance. There are some that are offensive (probably to just about anyone and [Read More...]

From Desmond to Darwin

Henry Ian Cusick (who has played the role of Jesus but is probably best known for his role as Desmond Hume on LOST) will be taking on the role of Charles Darwin for the October 6th episode of NOVA entitled Darwin’s Darkest Hour, about Darwin’s struggles over whether to publish his ideas and the evolution [Read More...]

Father Neo

A student drew to my attention that a priest from here in Indianapolis, who gained the nickname “Father Neo” because of the resemblance between his cassock and the long coat Neo wore in the Matrix films, took things to a whole new level in an ad campaign for the priesthood emulating the Matrix films: I [Read More...]

Supernatural Mandaean Amulets? Check!

A student drew to my attention the TV show Supernatural, which I’ve never watched, but it sounds appealing (sort of Indiana Jones meets Ghostbusters?). What makes me think I ought to watch it is the fact that apparently in one episode the characters, making sure they were prepared for their latest encounter with dark forces, [Read More...]

Quote of the Day (Colin Toffelmire)

“The Bible is like a stringed instrument in this respect. It only works because of great tension. Stop trying to take the tension out of the Bible. If you take away the tension, smoothing over and dumbing down and making everyingthing instructions and promises, all you get is a poorly tuned instrument and really bad [Read More...]

Wrestling with the Bible

John Hobbins has an interesting post about believers arguing against and disagreeing with the Bible. I highly recommend it, particularly as it comes from someone who does not in any way consider himself a “liberal”. The Bible includes a story about someone (Jacob) wrestling with God, and God apparently being unable to overpower him. Jacob [Read More...]

Mark’s Kung-Q vs. The Bolt From The Johannine Blue

Mark Goodacre kindly took the time to both comment on an earlier post of mine that relates to one of his areas of expertise, and to post a more detailed response on his blog. As most who read this will already know, Mark has published extensively on the Synoptic problem and the reasons why he [Read More...]

Did Jesus Claim To Be God?

I’m grateful to commenter Edson for reminding me to return to a subject to which I promised to return, namely the question of whether Jesus ever claimed to be God. I mainly want to invite discussion of the subject, but I will try to note a few key points first about the use of evidence [Read More...]

Collegian Article

The latest issue of Butler University’s student newspaper, The Collegian, includes an article about my recent book The Only True God. I was in two minds about doing the interview, since I’ve had some unpleasant experiences in the past. This time, I’m largely pleased with the outcome, with only one real exception: once again, the [Read More...]

Review of The Lost World Of Genesis One, Part Twelve

Proposition 12 of Walton’s book claims that “other theories of Genesis 1 either go too far or not far enough”. Walton considers Young-Earth Creationism, Old Earth Creationism, the Framework Hypothesis and the Gap Theory. Walton’s criticism of the YEC position is that it “goes too far in its understanding of what we need to do [Read More...]

Campus Crusade Creationist Cancellation

Having mentioned the event bringing Willie Dye to Butler University, I want to now post a follow up. At the time I was unaware who was sponsoring the event, but I’ve since found out, in an e-mail that let me know that, after looking further into the details I’d raised questions about, Campus Crusade (the [Read More...]

Find Your Way Here

I’ve had a regular stream of visitors for quite some time, searching for keywords like “Obama antichrist” or “ubamah lightning”, “who’s who scam” and “vista black screen after login”. But it is always refreshing to see a change in what leads folks here. For instance, just now I noticed a few rather more interesting and [Read More...]

The Alien Intervention Institute

Gordon J. Glover offers a brilliant parody of intelligent design arguments in the video he has created for the “Alien Intervention Institute”: And for those interested in how parody, Martha Stewart and the wedding at Cana might relate to one another, I offer my friend Charles Allen’s sermon, “A Lovely Merlot.” [Read more...]