Quote of the Day (Christine Wicker)

“The idea that Evangelicals are taking over America is one of the greatest publicity scams in history“ (Christine Wicker, The Fall of the Evangelical Nation: The Surprising Crisis Inside the Church (New York: HarperOne) p.ix). [Read more...]

Be It Unto You According to Your Faith…In What You’ve Read On the Web

I’m trying to make it an aim of my introductory Bible class not only to give students an opportunity to think for themselves, but also to help them learn how to grasp what the scholarly consensus on an issue is, if in fact there is one. In a time when the information that appears at [Read More...]


P. Z. Myers has apparently followed through on his threat to desecrate a Catholic communion wafer. He subjected the Qur’an and Richard Dawkins’ book to the same treatment, just to be fair. Ken Brown has coverage and reflection from a Christian perspective. I don’t have time to write more at the moment – but don’t [Read More...]

What is an Atheist?

It is certainly true that much contemporary discussion between (and about) atheists and religious believers suffers from the tendency to assume that “God” means (and can only mean) one thing, usually the classic theism of Christianity as reduced into the understanding of popular Christianity today. Equally problematic, however, is a lack of clarity about what [Read More...]

Review of James A. Herrick, Scientific Mythologies

Review of James A. Herrick, Scientific Mythologies: How Science and Science Fiction Forge New Religious Beliefs (Downers Grove: IVP, 2008). Some books are annoyingly bad, but others may seem even more annoying because they had the potential to be excellent, and yet in the end are marred by a narrow ideological slant, apologetic interests, and/or [Read More...]

Sex in the Biblioblogosphere

The biblioblogs (among others) seem to have turned their attention of late to the Bible’s “naughty bits”. Here is a sampling of some of the blogs that have focused on topics related to sex in recent days: Doug Chaplin has been looking at sex and the censored Scriptures. He looks at texts of “queer terror”, [Read More...]

Fringe Faith (take two)

Apparently there is more to posting on a WordPress blog than I know. I’m not sure when the post will appear over at the Crowded Handbasket, but in case it doesn’t, I’m duplicating it here… It seems somewhat typical of me that I used th occasion of my first post over there to problematize the [Read More...]

Faithful Fringe

I’ve posted on the subject of the “faithful fringe” over at the new blog The Crowded Handbasket where I was invited to participate. Do take a look! [Read more...]

Help Wanted: National Center for Science Education seeks Communications Coordinator

The National Center for Science Education recently posted this job opening: Help wanted Communications Coordinator NCSE seeks a communications coordinator, who will be responsible for NCSE’s overall communications strategy, reporting to the executive director. Tasks include: Providing guidance for creation of journalist-oriented webpages; ensuring that web presence of NCSE is maximized for disseminating news and [Read More...]

LOST Nation of Islam?

I happened across information about the Nation of Islam’s mythology recently. It never struck me before that one part of its teachings at one point involved an island on which a renegade scientist named Yakub who creates an inferior race that comes to dominate the planet. Whenever I hear “island” and a version of the [Read More...]

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31 Million Miles To Earth

Via New Scientist I found this great video clip of the earth as seen from 31 million miles away: [Read more...]

Let Jesus Contend with P. Z. Myers!

I have refrained from jumping into the discussions about the removal of a Eucharistic wafer (or “cracker“, if you prefer) from a church by another individual and then, in protest to the heated reactions from Catholics, once again by P. Z. Myers, outspoken atheist. Myers has received threats and various other sorts of hate mail. [Read More...]

Fundamentalism: Fundamentally Unbiblical

The title of this post says it all: Fundamentalism is fundamentally unbiblical. Now, before you ask, I obviously don’t mean that Christian fundamentalists do not quote the Bible in support of their views, beliefs and practices. They do. Of course, they consistently condemn others for “picking and choosing” and yet that is what they themselves [Read More...]