The Difference Makes Q

The definition of the ‘Q’ source is the source of the material found in both Matthew and Luke, but not in Mark. But while the similarities constitute the substance of Q, the differences between Matthew and Luke provide the strongest argument for the existence of Q. If it were simply a question of similarities, one [Read More...]

Sterling Who’s Who – More On The “Misunderstanding”

UPDATE: I have received information suggesting that the currently-existing company Sterling Who’s Who is different from the one prosecuted in 1995. I personally have no way of verifying whether any of the same individuals are or are not involved in the company, but my assumption that this was a continuous company was based on the [Read More...]

Sterling Who’s Who

UPDATE: I have received information suggesting that the currently-existing company Sterling Who’s Who is different from the one prosecuted in 1995. I personally have no way of verifying whether any of the same individuals are or are not involved in the company, but my assumption that this was a continuous company was based on the [Read More...]

Top Ten Verses Of Scripture (Part 2)

Here’s the remainder of my list. It was hard to choose, and I suspect I’ll think of others I wish I had included…6. “For he will repay to each one according to his deeds: to those who by patiently doing good seek glory and honor and immortality, he will give eternal life. But for those [Read More...]

Top Ten Verses Of Scripture (Part 1)

I have come to seriously dislike verses. Not specific verses from the Bible, nor the convenience they provide when referring to passages and looking things up. But the fact that so many Christians, when seeking guidance from the Bible, look for relevant verses just irks me, because in the original texts there were, strictly speaking, [Read More...]

Ironically NOT Expelled From Expelled

Apparently a post I wrote complaining about censorship has appeared on the site of the forthcoming movie Expelled. They presumably didn’t catch that I was being censored by proponents of Intelligent Design. (Thanks to The Austringer for noticing this had been posted.) I wonder if they will censor my post about censorship if they realize. [Read More...]

Choosing Between Wealth and Genius

Others were sharing their rankings, and so I couldn’t resist finding out. My blog is worth $37,824.18.How much is your blog worth? Clearly genius is not the way to become rich. [Read more...]

Ghostwriting Faith

It is interesting to compare the case of the recent book “by” Antony Flew with an article that appeared in Salon magazine today about the story that is usually told about how George Bush came to faith. In both cases, it seems to be those responsible for ghostwriting books and those responsible for press releases [Read More...]

Quote of the Day (Michio Kaku)

“It’s humbling to realise that the developmental gulf between a miniscule ant colony and our modern human civilisation is only a tiny fraction of the distance between a Type 0 and a Type III civilisation – a factor of 100 billion billion, in fact. Yet we have such a highly regarded view of ourselves, we [Read More...]

Is God’s Aim Worsening With Age?

Today in my religion and science class we discussed some readings from Richard Dawkins and Fritjof Capra, but mostly spent time talking about the more fundamental question of what God does, and how science has changed or could change the ideas of God that people have. One small group discussion moved onto the topic of [Read More...]

What Am I?

I’ve already talked about being a Christian. Lots of times. But I have also been mistaken for an atheist, and perhaps this isn’t surprising. Many of the same arguments that lead Sam Harris to be an atheist are the reasons I cannot be a fundamentalist. And I certainly disbelieve in Zeus-like deities, even if they [Read More...]

Quote of the Day (Deb)

“I believe a mind is like a parachute. The more open it is, the better it works” (Deb, comment on a blog) [Read more...]

New National Poll Seeks Christian Participants

CAROL STREAM, ILLINOIS, November 6, 2007 – A leading Christian publisher launches a new polling initiative to gauge the opinion of a broad range of Christians on theology, politics, and cultural issues in the United States. It is called NationalChristianPoll.com, and polling participants are being recruited now. The project follows national research commissioned by Christianity [Read More...]

Churchgoing as Antidote for Reading

This month’s The Writer Magazine’s short piece about a poll result indicating that “The United States is not a reading nation” (p.9) is not surprising. But one particular detail, if not necessarily surprising, is certainly striking and thought-provoking. In the poll conducted by Associated Press/Ipsos, it was found that over the past year, “Churchgoers read [Read More...]


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