How To Spot A Scam: Fondation de France

I continue to have visitors reach my blog because they have been contacted by Sterling Who’s Who and invited to sign up with them. I am sure one reason my complaint was resolved so quickly was the fact that my blog features so prominently on search engines, and thus the post on my blog was [Read More...]

Theology, Ethics and Fully Functional Androids

Today was the day this semester for the students in my religion and science class to engage in speculation about the future of technology. They are asked to discuss in small groups whether a husband who has a “fully functional” female android hidden away in his closet can sue for divorce on grounds of adultery. [Read More...]

Leaps of Faith in Science and Religion

Is treating existence as meaningful a ‘leap of faith’? Is our experience of meaning sufficient to make it something other than a blind leap in the dark? Is treating existence and meaningless, a brute inexplicable fact, also a leap of faith? Is the experience of tragedy and chance enough to justify it? Do such experiences [Read More...]

Either Tim LaHaye or the Antichrist is an Idiot: You Decide

Experimental Theology (hat tip: Find and You shall Seek) has an entertaining but also thought provoking post, asking why dispensational premillenialists assume that the antichrist will be someone who never reads the Book of Revelation (or the Left Behind books). [Read more...]

Excerpts from a 23rd-Century Bible Translation (and a 20th-century poem)

My friend with the time machine has brought me back another gem, this time a 23rd century translation of the Bible. I was going to post the whole dynamic-equivalent translation of the Sermon on the Mount (in an approximation in modern English), but decided to just share a few highlights instead: Blessed are the meek, [Read More...]

Quotes of the Day (Arthur Peacocke and Howard J. Van Till)

“The processes revealed by the sciences, especially evolutionary biology, are in themselves God-acting-as-creator. There is no need to look for God as some kind of additional factor supplementing the processes of the world. God, to use language usually applied in sacramental theology, is “in, with, and under” all-that-is and all-that-goes-on” (Arthur Peacocke, “Biological Evolution – [Read More...]

Discount Q Puns

Since my current research is not on Q, I thought that perhaps others for whom this is more their area of expertise might like to make use of some of the following puns (which I will gladly part with to the highest bidder) in posting on this subject: J’aQQQQQQ…Mark Goodacre A Qmulative Case for a [Read More...]

A Q Puncture?

Is there any evidence for Q that could puncture “the case against Q” which seems watertight to its proponents? Perhaps the Lord’s Prayer will answer the prayers of Q supporters everywhere. The Matthean version of the prayer is better known and longer. It is easy to envisage the author of Matthew adding these comments as [Read More...]

The Jesus Seminar and Civil Disobedience

I mentioned once before that I was surprised to find myself doubting the authenticity of a saying which the Jesus Seminar voted RED. I had always viewed their results as a fairly skeptical bare minimum. The issue relates to some material that is in both Matthew and Luke (and thus attributed by most scholars to [Read More...]

Welcome, Richard M! (Guest Post)

I’d like to welcome Richard M to the blog – and since he commented extensively on a discussion on the Debunking Christianity blog about something I wrote, and does not have his own blog, I am offering today’s “guest post” which compiles some of his recent comments. I hope you enjoy them as much as [Read More...]

A New Look (same old content)

I thought I’d try tinkering with the blog’s layout and appearance a little. With Matrix in the title, I thought maybe what you now see might be a bit more appropriate. Let me know if you have an opinion about it. I’m probably not done tinkering with it for good, so if you make a [Read More...]

Thanksgiving and Theodicy

Thanksgiving reduces the need for theodicy. I don’t mean the holiday that is celebrated in the United States today – although presumably one could attempt to formulate an argument for the existence of a supremely benevolent deity on the basis of turkey, cranberry sauce and stuffing. But those with scarcely enough to survive could legitimately [Read More...]

Quote of the Day (N. Katherine Hayles)

“the creator doesn’t always need to be as smart as his creatures” (N. Katherine Hayles, My Mother Was a Computer: Digital Subjects and Literary Texts (University of Chicago Press, 2005) p.196, referring to the ability of computer programs to come up with solutions to problems that had not occurred to the programs’ creators). I found [Read More...]

Shooting For All Ten

I recently accused proponents of intelligent design of serious violations of the moral principles their organizations claim to be fighting to uphold. Apparently someone noticed that I was unable to list all the commandments and has taken measures to rectify the matter. A number of blogs such as ERV, Pharyngula and Paralepsis are currently suggesting [Read More...]