Was Jesus Wrong?

Chris Tilling, prompted by a comment I left on an earlier post, has tackled head-on the question of whether Jesus was wrong. This is relevant not least to the discussion of evolution among Christians, since if one is persuaded that Jesus didn’t think evolution happened, and equally persuaded that Jesus could not have been wrong [Read More...]

Links from my students

One student made use of this Historical Jesus FAQ in an assignment. Another student has begun blogging the Gospel of John. This isn’t from a student, but may interest many of my students: IO9 has a piece on religion and science in science fiction. [Read more...]

Update on the Mandaeans

April DeConick has posted two items on her blog related to the only Gnostic group from the ancient world that has survived until our time. The first asks what can be done to help the Mandaeans, and offers some recommendations from Mr. Suhaib Nashi, the president of the Mandaean Associations Union. The second post draws [Read More...]

Which Quote Of The Day? (Gordon J. Glover x2)

Here’s one from today’s blog entry at Beyond the Firmament that I really liked: For one to acknowledge “microevolution” — the observable fact that any species demonstrates subtle changes from one generation to the next — but not be willing to recognize the possibility of “macroevolution” — the idea that many of these small changes [Read More...]

Bartlestar Theodica

(A review of Bart Ehrman’s book God’s Problem: How the Bible Fails to Answer Our Most Important Question–Why We Suffer (Harper Collins, 2008) and the season 4 premiere of Battlestar Galactica) It was an interesting experience to finish reading Bart Ehrman’s book, God’s Problem nearly simultaneously with the premiere of season 4 of Battlestar Galactica. [Read More...]

Around the Blogosphere

C.Orthodoxy likes how the Harry Potter series emphasizes that the world is not made of good and evil people but people who make good and evil choices.ERV continues the discussion of framing science, giving the sense that “fr*ming” has become a four-letter word!I find a representative of government claiming an atheist has no right to [Read More...]

From Creationist To Evolutionist: Chris’ Story

Over on Chrisendom, Chris Tilling has shared his own story of how he moved from having become a Christian by listening to a tape by Ken Ham, to a Christian who accepts the scientific evidence for evolution. Definitely worth reading! [Read more...]

Gretta Vosper Sermons

I’ve just discovered that West Hill United Church, where Gretta Vosper is the minister, has a videoblog (or ‘vlog’) with clips of her sermons. I’ve just discovered the site, and so may have more to say about specific sermons at some point. Anyone exploring what “progressive Christianity” means will presumably find this a useful resource. [Read more...]

Around the Blogosphere

Drew draws attention to a series about what Presbyterians (PCUSA) believe.Ancient Hebrew Poetry asks what counts as an error in the Bible.Mark Goodacre talks about the season premiere of Dr. Who, as does The Busybody.Richard Dawkins will appear on Dr. Who this season.Galactica Sitrep has a round-up of the responses to the season premiere. IO9 [Read More...]

Quote of the Day (Evan Esar)

“America believes in education: the average professor earns more money in a year than a professional athlete earns in a whole week” (Evan Esar, American Humorist) . [Read more...]

The Invasion and the Incarnation

An entity descends to earth and takes on human flesh, proclaiming human flesh, spreading the “good news” that all humanity can be one, war can be ended, and peace and unity can prevail. If this story sounds familiar, you must have seen The Invasion, the most recent remake of The Body Snatchers, this time starring [Read More...]

Around the Battlestar: He That Misseth The Season Premiere Shall Not Perish

I’ve yet to watch the season premiere of Battlestar Galactica, which aired last night. So I am sharing posts that I won’t actually read until I’ve seen the episode itself: Galactica Sitrep tells you where to find the episode if you missed it.IO9 live blogged the episode, and also has a post on the stats [Read More...]

No Phishing

I sometimes post about e-mail scams. This particular phishing scam is not one that I’ve encountered so far, but it is specifically affecting institutions of higher education, so I thought I’d mention it. Details can be found in the Chronicle of Higher Education. [Read more...]

Cylontology

I doubt any of you could forget, but don’t forget that tonight Battlestar Galactica returns. The religious themes will apparently continue to be explored. IO9 recently asked how Cylons might convert others to their religion. The clip they featured seemed less interesting than answers to the question ought to be. Perhaps we can discuss it [Read More...]


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