Christians and Obama

CNN reports the following about a minister speaking at a McCain rally: A minister delivering the invocation at John McCain’s rally in Davenport, Iowa Saturday told the crowd non-Christian religions around the world were praying for Barack Obama to win the U.S. presidential election. “There are millions of people around this world praying to their [Read More...]

Religious Worldviews and the Candidates

It is interesting that religious significance is being attributed to both Barack Obama and Sarah Palin by individuals and communities that are very different, but have in common a tendency towards extremism. On the one hand, BuzzFlash goes so far as to suggest that Sarah Palin is a “Manchurian Candidate” representing a theocratic brand of [Read More...]

LOST Season 5 Spoilers Revealed (sort of)

For those who want to know what will happen in season 5 of LOST, just watch this video (which also addresses the question whether you can review at TV show you’ve never watched): HT Aldenswan (if the embedded player doesn’t work, the original can be found here) [Read more...]

Do You Have To Be Wrong For Me To Be Right?

Tomorrow I’ll be a guest at a discussion on campus about “whether others have to be wrong for us to be right.” In essence it will be about matters like convictions, Evangelicalism and pluralism. It is part of the “Big Questions” series sponsored by the Center for Faith and Vocation. I for one am a [Read More...]

The 401 Keg Plan

This is circulating via e-mail and on the internet and so I thought I’d share it: If you had purchased $1,000 of AIG stock one year ago, you would have $42 left. With Lehman, you would have $6.60 left. With Fannie or Freddie, you would have less than $5 left. But if you had purchased [Read More...]

Christian Century Blogs

As I begin this post, Exploring Our Matrix has been part of the Christian Century blog network (CCBlogs for short) for just under three hours. I thought I’d introduce new readers from there to my blog, and regular readers from here to that network. For those new to Christian Century and its blogs, this magazine [Read More...]

Why Gnostics Shouldn’t Vote Republican

If you are a Gnostic and are thinking of voting for McCain, I should remind you of an important Scripture reference. In the Gospel of Philip 80 it says: “one must not give help to those who are well off” This is the translation by Marvin Meyer in The Nag Hammadi Scriptures (HarperOne, 2007) p.182. [Read More...]

Loving the Biblical Scholar in Your Life

Michael Halcomb of Pisteuomen has created a gem of a book with a narrow but important audience. The title is Loving the Biblical Scholar in Your Life for Dummies, and it can be downloaded for free. Biblical scholars reading this will surely want to share this with the special someone in their life. Thanks Michael! [Read more...]

Colbert’s Classroom

In an interview with Stephen Colbert in today’s newspaper, it mentioned that something he likes to do and hopes to begin doing again soon is teach Sunday school. Now that would be a fun class to attend! Apparently this is old news, but I wasn’t aware of it until today. I wonder if he’ll be [Read More...]

Keith Ward, Big Questions in Science and Religion 1: How Did The Universe Begin?

This is the first post in a series blogging my way through Keith Ward’s most recent book, The Big Questions in Science and Religion. The first chapter is entitled “How Did The Universe Begin? (Is There An Ultimate Explanation For The Universe?)” Before I even managed to post on this topic, it was drawn to [Read More...]

Free International Critical Commentaries

The newer batch of ICC commentaries on the Bible are fantastic and are, not surprisingly, not available for free. But the earlier series, many volumes of which remain valuable in spite of being nearly a century old, can now be found on the Internet Archive. Turning to these volumes is far better than merely browsing [Read More...]

Ending Palin’s Apocalypse

This post has just one aim: to drive the annoying video about “Palin’s Apocalypse” off the bottom of the screen and safely into the realm of “older posts” where visitors to this site will not be forced to hear it begin every time they visit. Those who want to find it can always find it [Read More...]

Quote of the Day (Tina Beattie)

“Those of us who care for the integrity of religious faith have a corresponding duty to resist religion’s power” (Tina Beattie, The New Atheists: The Twilight of Reason and the War on Religion (Maryknoll: Orbis, 2007) p.145). [Read more...]

Post 1000!

This is the 1,000th post, and so I decided not to have it be about anything else other than the fact that this is the thousandth post. Thank you for reading! Of the 1,000 so far, which is your favorite? [Read more...]