Can One Simply “Believe The Bible” About Easter?

One could begin simply with the question of what Easter is, and that would be enough to make one realize that the question of “what happened” is a historical question, even if we mean “what happened to change the lives of the disciples?” and not “did Jesus enter the resurrection age?” When it comes to [Read More...]

Parable of the Day (Dave Tomlinson)

Jesus told this parable to a gathering of evangelical leaders. ‘A Spring Harvest speaker and a liberal bishop each sat down and read the Bible. The Spring Harvest speaker thanked God for the precious gift of the Holy Scriptures and pledged himself once again to proclaim them faithfully. “Thank you God”, he prayed, “that I [Read More...]

The Days After The Crucifixion

The sun is setting, the start of the Sabbath is at hand. On Friday, Jesus had been executed by the Romans, and buried according to the requirements of Jewish Law in a tomb located nearby, presumably there to accomodate the corpses of criminals executed on the site. Did any of Jesus’ followers try to rectify [Read More...]

Creationism and Censorship

Young-Earth Creationists and cdesign proponentsists regularly accuse the academy and the world of censoring them (whereas the truth of the matter is that they are ignored or passed over for doing weak science and in most cases simply not doing science at all). If you want to see censorship and exclusion in action, you have [Read More...]

The Island has not LOST track of Michael

Tonight’s episode of LOST (the last new episode until April 24th, when LOST will resume at 10pm) focused on the story of Michael after escaping the island. How exactly he “found rescue” we are not told, but he made it back to the U.S. eventually. He is feeling suicidal – after telling Walt what he [Read More...]

Wishing You A Historically Well-Informed Easter

Many people find Easter a particularly difficult holiday during which to integrate faith and reason. Christmas doesn’t pose the same challenge – one may doubt or even deny the historicity of the infancy narratives, appreciating them as the sorts of stories ancient people were prone to tell to highlight an individual’s significance. Jesus’ birth itself [Read More...]

It’s Not Whether You Win Or Lose

Let’s imagine a hypothetical (and admittedly implausible) scenario, in which some new information comes to light – whether through scientific investigation, or from a booming voice from a burning bush – showing that in fact the intelligent design crowd, or even the young-earth creationists, were right, and it turns out that evolution is utterly inadequate [Read More...]

Mandaean Refugee Resources Project

Today I was made aware of the Mandaean Refugee Resources Project, an organization dedicated to addressing the humanitarian plight facing the Mandaeans in our time. I hope other readers of this blog will take an interest in this issue too, if they haven’t already. Also of interest is the recent article, IRAQ: The Mandaeans: Another [Read More...]

Quote of the Day (Dietrich Bonhoeffer)

“So our coming of age leads us to a true recognition of our situation before God. God would have us know that we must live as men who manage our lives without him…Before God and with God we live without God” (Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Letters and Papers from Prison). [Read more...]

Would You Give Away Millions To A Stranger?

I doubt that anyone reading this would transfer millions of dollars to someone they did not know, for any reason. Yet people must fall for these scams, since otherwise they wouldn’t keep occurring, would they? Please use your critical thinking skills. If the person sending this were really in the situation described, and was able [Read More...]

Arthur C. Clarke Dies Between 2001 and 2010

The renowned science fiction author Arthur C. Clarke has passed away. He was 90 years old. Tributes around the blogosphere include: 3 Quarks Daily, Biology in Science Fiction, Tobias Buckell, Targuman, Thoughts in a Haystack, IO9, Pharyngula, SF Signal, The Evilutionary Biologist, Further Thoughts, Hyper-Textual Ontology, Paul Levinson’s Infinite Regress, and The Bad Idea Blog. [Read More...]

Quote of the Day (Madeline L’Engle)

“Fiction…will teach me, teach me things I would never learn had I not opened myself to them in story” (Madeleine L’Engle, Walking on Water: Reflections on Faith and Art (North Point Press, 1995) p.137). [Read more...]

Theology around the Blogosphere

As RJS (at Scot McKnight’s Jesus Creed blog) continues his discussion of Francis Collins’ The Language of God, he brings up what is the crux of the matter for many Christians: the relationship of “Adam and Eve” to the theological appropriation of those stories in the New Testament. I had a chance over the past [Read More...]

All The Riches Of West Africa

I can’t imagine how anyone can fall for these phishing scams, but pretty much every day there are people who find their way to my blog through keyword searches related to them. On the one hand, I’m glad that they are at least looking for further information. On the other hand, one shouldn’t need to [Read More...]