Two Different Cultures, In The Same Space, Separated By Ten Minutes

I am once again teaching two very different groups of students. The class is the same: RL 202 The Bible. One is from 10-10:50am and one is from11-11:50am. Both are in the same room, and have the same syllabus. The biggest difference between them? The worldview that the majority in each group seems to share. [Read More...]

Photos from India

As the jet lag wears off, I will hopefully also soon find myself able to actually write about my trip too… [Read more...]

Quote of the Day (Roland Boer)

“Fence-sitting is a precarious business; done for too long, it can lead to an injury in some vital part” (Roland Boer, Rescuing the Bible (Malden: Blackwell, 2007) p.79). [Read more...]

Quote of the Day (Peter L. Berger)

“I have sometimes asked myself how a gynecologist could manage to have sexual intercourse; by the same token, one could ask how a New Testament scholar could be a Christian” (Peter L. Berger, Questions of Faith (Blackwell, 2004) p.54). [Read more...]

Questions Of Faith

One of the books I took along to read on my recent trip to India was Peter Berger’s recent Questions of Faith: A Skeptical Affirmation of Christianity (Blackwell, 2004). I had high hopes, since I’ve found Berger’s writings beneficial and insightful in the past, and made use of his work with Thomas Luckmann on the [Read More...]

What Would Jane Austen Do?

What Would Jane Austen Do? This may seem like an odd title for my first post after returning from India. But it is closely connected to my trip, and more specifically to the way a movie such as The Jane Austen Book Club can seem more appealing and interesting on a 16-hour flight than it [Read More...]

Back to Blogging

Hi everyone! I got back from my trip to India yesterday. Normal blogging (meaning blogging and usual, and not that I will be making changes to my ‘usual abnormality’) will resume soon! [Read more...]

Blogging In Benares

I didn’t want to promise I would manage to post anything while away, which is why I was so vague about my hiatus/infrequent blogging during this time. I am currently in India, and tried once to post while in Delhi, but encountered an error and lost the half a post I had written, and so [Read More...]

Quote of the Day (Robert M. Hazen)

“Does the universe hold levels of emergence beyond individual consciousness, beyond the collective accomplishments of human societies? Might the cooperative awareness of billions of humans ultimately give rise to new collective phenomena as yet unimagined? If higher stages of emergence await our discovery, then science and theology may someday converge into a more unified vision [Read More...]

Happy New Year!

This is to inform regular readers that my blogging will be at best sporadic over the next couple of weeks, if it happens at all. I won’t call it a hiatus, since I don’t know for sure that I won’t be blogging, but I will not have regular computer access until well into the new [Read More...]

Which Theologian Are You?

I don’t put much stock in these quizzes, many of which are repetative, have either-or questions where one might wish to say ‘both/and’, and sometimes asks questions that I might regard as in themselves fundamentally flawed. But since several other blogs I read seem to include these sorts of quiz results, I decided to try [Read More...]

Spam of the Spirit

I regularly comment on spam for the sake of the gullible who might fall for the various scams and hoaxes that are around. But I suspect that the most common form of spam that makes it into our inboxes rather than our spam filters comes from well-intentioned relatives and friends who say things like “This [Read More...]

Sylar and Specialness

I’m bound to have a number of reflections on episodes of Heroes over the coming weeks and most likely months (I will need to return the DVDs to the public library before I’ll have time to watch the whole first season). In this post we reflect on the revelations in the episode “Six Months Earlier” [Read More...]

Heroes and Evolution

I just recently began watching Heroes – from the beginning of season 1. I have done this with several series that I didn’t start watching from the beginning but had recommended to me later. (It was good to have something to do during the long hours of computer problem resolution besides staring at the screen [Read More...]