Around the Blogosphere (Barack Obama the Antichrist?)

Undeception points out another young-earth creationist claim that can be laid to rest (although if their past actions are anything to go by, the scientific evidence for their claim being false won’t stop them repeating it and believing it). Open Parachute highlights the challenges of coming out as a Christian who is persuaded by the [Read More...]

Celtic Chimps and Silly Stories

Somehow I found myself involved in a discussion of the Genesis creation stories on a blog called The Celtic Chimp. I hope to resume regular posting soon (although I suspect the amount of work I’ve caught up on recently and the lack of regular blogging may be connected somehow). [Read more...]

Quote of the Day (Ulemai Islam)

“Time is the creator, it knows no limits, no one is above it, it has no foundation in anything, it has always existed and will exist for ever, and the wise one asks not ‘Whence comes time?’” (Ulemai Islam, quoted in Svend Aage Pallis, Mandaean Studies (Amsterdam: Philo Press, 1926) p.69). [Read more...]

Stroke of Insight

I recently was made aware of the interesting experience of Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor, who had a stroke that resulted in an experience akin to that described by Buddhists as Nirvana. There is a web page about her work entitled My Stroke Of Insight, as well as the video clip below. I’m very interested in [Read More...]

The Only True God (author questionnaire)

As many readers will know, my second book, The Only True God, is due to appear in Spring 2009. I’m currently filling in the author’s questionnaire for the publisher, University of Illinois Press. For marketing purposes, I need to answer questions about courses that might adopt the book as a textbook, journals and magazines that [Read More...]

LOST: Stealth Education

Some people have been subtly “tricked” into an educational experience. The TV show LOST, for instance, has subtly introduced some viewers into science fiction who thought they hated it. Some still do, but some have had their horizons broadened, and that is what education is all about. Then there are the more obvious references to [Read More...]

The Price of an Education

There are some things for which one can pay someone else to do them. Hire someone to clean your home. Pay a driver to drive you somewhere. If your house isn’t clean, fire the housekeeper. If you are not taken to your destination, don’t pay the chauffeur. There are other cases where one pays for [Read More...]

Blogs that Make Me Think and Make My Day

Carmen Andres kindly chose me as one of her five blogs that make her think and make her day. Thanks Carmen! Now all I have to do is whittle down my own list to a mere five and pass on the honor…and that’s not easy! But I will choose five, as I must… Thoughts in [Read More...]

LOST Power

We had a bad thunderstorm pass through Indianapolis yesterday, and there’s a power line down in my back yard. If I blog, it will be from the office (where I came this morning not first and foremost to blog, but to move the contents of our freezer into our nice new empty office fridge’s freezer). [Read More...]

LOST: The Shape Of Seasons To Come

Tonight’s season finale certainly didn’t disappoint – and now we have indeed found some spoilers to have been true. We also know a bit more about what will happen next season on LOST. But there are a lot of details in tonight’s episode that we’ll be pondering for the rest of the series, and perhaps [Read More...]

There’s No Place Like LOST

Tonight will be the season finale of LOST, when we are sure to be wowed once again and then left wondering and with a painful sense of withdrawal until the next season. There have been multiple allusions to The Wizard Of Oz, and the fact that the finale is called “There’s No Place Like Home” [Read More...]

Collaborative Preaching

I probably should have included it in my last post, since it touches on the book of Job, but here’s a link to an article in Worship Connection by Matt Kelley entitled “Collaborative Preaching: Teaching Others the Art of Holy Conversation“. Matt was one of the very first religion majors I got to know at [Read More...]

God: As Real as You or I

I was planning on posting on this subject anyway, but I then got tagged with a meme by Lingamish, and so the original idea will have a longer prelude and the post will have a slightly different form. The meme began at Elizaphanian. It poses the following questions: 1. if the nature of god is [Read More...]

History and Fiction in the Acts of Thomas

An article of mine is now available (for those with subscriptions or access through libraries or institutions) in the most recent issue of the Journal for the Study of the Pseudepigrapha. The article’s title is “History and Fiction in the Acts of Thomas: The State of the Question“. [Read more...]