Quote of the Day (Birger Pearson)

“Sethian or Classic Gnosticism developed as a result of the efforts of educated Jews interested in making sense of their traditions. They did this, not by rejecting their traditions wholesale, but by applying to them a new hermeneutic, whereby their ancestral traditions were given a radically new meaning. The result was, in effect, the creation [Read More...]

Sun LOST Jin

Tonight’s episode had some “wow” moments, mostly in the flashback/flashforward (it was a clever idea to have the two running in parallel simultaneously) and in the events on the ship. Finally, Michael’s presence on board is revealed to Sayid and Desmond. Where Walt is, we do not yet know. The discussion with Capt. Gault was [Read More...]

Quote of the Day (Richard G. Colling)

“Unless we are actively looking or listening for something, there is a real and distinct possibility it will simply fail to reach our conscious awareness, at least not at the levels that are desired” (Richard G. Colling, Random Designer: Created from Chaos to Connect with the Creator (Bourbonnais, IL: Browning, 2004). [Read more...]

Around the Blogosphere

Carmen Andres draws attention to the Biblical imagery in a Johnny Cash song used in the season finale of Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles. This is part of an ongoing series of blog entries about the show. The same Johnny Cash song will also be discussed in a paper at SBL. Mystical Seeker discusses intercessory [Read More...]

Baptist Congratulates Muslim Democrat Elected to Represent Red State

The latest news from my state is that we elected the second ever Muslim to a seat in Congress. Andre Carson, grandson of the late Julia Carson. The first state to elect a Muslim to congress was Minnesota. There go some stereotypes about the Midwest. What is more astonishing is when a “red state” like [Read More...]

DaveScot’s Unsolved Murder

Over at Uncommon Descent, DaveScot has given what must be an overwhelmingly satisfactory reply to the point I made about “Intelligent Design Criminology“, since all of the comments have been favorable and none critical. Oh that’s right, they just ban their critics. That must be the sort of stifling of opposing viewpoints this new movie [Read More...]

The Sally Kern Incident

As I had this awful stomach flu that’s been going around, I wasn’t able to check out the YouTube clips that many bloggers have shared over the past few days. It is just as well. I was already nauseous. The above clip of Oklahoma representative Sally Kern speaking about homosexuality is disturbing for a number [Read More...]

Plagiarism Tutorial

No, I don’t mean a tutorial to teach students how to plagiarize. They clearly seem to know that instinctively. I mean a tutorial to help students grasp, through specific examples and questions they have to answer, what plagiarism is. Butler University’s library has made just such a tutorial available online. I share it here in [Read More...]

Quote of the Day (Jonathan Merritt)

“I learned that God reveals himself through Scripture and in general through his creation, and when we destroy God’s creation, it’s similar to ripping pages from the Bible” (Jonathan Merritt, spokesman for the Southern Baptist Environment and Climate Initiative, quoted in today’s New York Times). [Read more...]

Intelligent Design Criminology

The question to ask proponents of intelligent design is this: At what point the police should stop investigating an unsolved murder and close the case, declaring that God must have simply wanted the victim dead? It is the same point at which it is appropriate to tell scientists to stop looking for explanations and simply [Read More...]

Quote of the Day (The Gospel of Philip)

“A donkey turning a millstone did a hundred miles walking. When it was loosed, it found that it was still at the same place. There are men who make many journeys, but make no progress towards any destination” (The Gospel of Philip 56). [Read more...]

The OTHER Woman: LOST as Metaphysical Soap Opera

I didn’t watch much of the ‘enhanced’ version of “The Constant” (last week’s episode), but I did catch a glimpse of one important point: the name of the military base where Desmond was stationed is a real place north of the Arctic Circle, and it appears in Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials trilogy as a [Read More...]

Reminding You That All Religions Were Once New

I’ve long wanted to paraphrase the slogan from Composers Datebook to apply it to another interest of mine: “Reminding you that all religions were once new” The original phrase is applied to music, and the point is that all the music we label “classical” today was once simply “music”. Classical is what has stood the [Read More...]

The Lord’s Prayer of the Lingering Tillichian

Charles Allen shared this with me, and presumably those who would appreciate it, and those who read this blog, are overlapping circles. Let us pray… The Lord’s Prayer of the Lingering Tillichian Ground of Being, No object among other objects,Aahhh.Be.In history as well as beyond history.Support our finite freedom,And sustain us when our dreaming innocenceBecomes [Read More...]


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