Christianity’s Core Curriculum

Those of us who teach at universities with professional majors but a strong Liberal Arts focus know something about how students view the ‘core curriculum’. It is core in the sense that it is what everyone is supposed to take in common, alongside their courses for their majors. But rather than being viewed as ‘core’ [Read More...]

Quote of the Day (Peter Kirk)

“My own tentative suggestion would be that sperm, perhaps Joseph’s, found its way into Mary’s womb by some unusual but scientifically explicable way” (Peter Kirk, in a comment on the Metacatholic blog). The ongoing discussion there on the infancy narratives and the virgin birth are intelligent, in a way that my finding this statement amusing [Read More...]

Bank Phishing

Here’s the latest banking scam spam to grace my inbox. I don’t share stuff that my spam filter catches, only the ones that make it through. This one is supposedly from U.S. Bank. That was the first giveaway – I don’t have an account with them. But even if you get an e-mail from a [Read More...]

Target 1, Atheism 0

Standard sticker, in the standard place…but look what it did to the title of Christopher Hitchens’ book! HT Why Faith? [Read more...]

The Wittenburg Door

As someone who appreciates satire, and occasionally engages in it himself, I was delighted to discover a web site devoted to theological and religious satire, called The Wittenburg Door. I can’t imagine that if you are reading this blog of your own free will (assuming you believe in that sort of thing), you will not [Read More...]

The Worst Kind Of Creationist Is…

The worst kind of creationist is the Bible-believing, dinner-making, knife-wielding, drunk kind, as apparently they are liable to kill you. HT Pharyngula [Read more...]

What’s Wrong With Penal Substitution?

For many people, the title of this post may be meaningless. “What is penal substitution?” would seem to them a better question. But if I explain that it is the idea that there is a penalty for sin, and God punished Jesus instead of us, they will immediately recognize it and say “That’s what I [Read More...]

More Science Fiction On Its Way To Becoming Science Fact

There has been so much exciting science news lately, and even just in everyday life I’ve encountered interesting new technology. At the new Central Library in Indianapolis the employees use Vocera, which is a short hop away from the badge-communicators that are standard Starfleet issue in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. Kirk’s communicator looks positively [Read More...]

Poll Results: Mind Bloggling It Is!

Not long ago I posted a survey asking: Should something that is so baffling that you feel you must blog about it be called “mind blogging” or “mind bloggling”? The results are in. “Mind blogging” received a mere 4 votes, while “mind bloggling” received 23. In other words, 85% of those who voted preferred “mind [Read More...]

Award For Most Ridiculous Statement On An Exam

I’ve read some real gems over the years, but this is this year’s best so far (and it is hard to imagine anyone could beat it): “In 1941 an Italian expedition found the stone with Pointus Pilate engraved. Also found next to his name was the word that means Roman Empire. This find proves Pointus [Read More...]

Wabash Center Workshops

Anyone who teaches theology or religion and has never looked into the workshops and other resources and support that the Wabash Center has to offer are missing out. I benefitted immensely from the workshop I attended. In addition to the helpful opportunity to interact with other professors in similar and very different institutions, and to [Read More...]

Christians Who Hate and a Muslim Who Helps

For many Christians, being a Christian is about being right and everyone else being wrong. For such individuals, there is no actual understanding of what Christianity teaches, except on some vague level. Being a Christian is, for such people, not about living a certain way, or adhering to certain values that involve turning the other [Read More...]

Dethroning Jesusanity

I just finished reading the recent book Dethroning Jesus: Exposing Popular Culture’s Quest to Unseat the Biblical Christ by Darrell Bock and Daniel Wallace. My overall impression is that it makes some valid points, but because on the whole the book is dedicated to toeing the authors’ understanding of the conservative theological party line, most [Read More...]

Quote of the Day (Stephen Moshier)

“Many of us at Christian colleges really grieve at what a problem this young-earth creationism makes for the Christian witness. It’s almost like they’re adding another thing you have to believe to become a Christian. It’s like saying, You have to believe the world is flat to be a Christian, and that’s absolutely unreasonable” (Stephen [Read More...]


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