Eva Kor to Speak at Butler Commencement

It was announced today that Holocaust survivor Eva Kor, who runs the Candles Holocaust Museum, will be speaking at Butler University’s commencement this year, and will receive an honorary doctorate. Just this morning, before receiving the e-mail about the above, I saw an article about Kor forgiving a former white supremacist. Kor is quoted as [Read More...]

LOST – 316

This episode begins with Jack opening his eye in the island. But it isn’t the first time. He hears Hurley calling for help. He has landed in the water and is floating using a guitar case. Jack jumps in to help him, but the water is shallow and they can stand. Kate is in a [Read More...]

Churches: Safe Spaces or Self-Destructing Temples?

The above quote from Rachel Held Evans came to my attention soon after a New York Times article noted the misuse of “safe space” as an attempt to try to protect oneself in universities from uncomfortable ideas; and just before Andii Bowsher noted an article in the Telegraph about 38% of churchgoers keeping their liberal views on same-sex [Read More...]

The “Religious Freedom Restoration Act” Is Now Law In Indiana: How Should We Respond?

The governor of Indiana Mike Pence has signed the “Religious Freedom Restoration Act” and made it law in Indiana. While legal experts have argued that similar legislation in other states has yet to be used successfully to justify discrimination, many are still concerned. My question at this stage is how progressive Christians and others concerned about [Read More...]

Tony Burke on Secret Mark

In the video above, Tony Burke talks about the Secret Gospel of Mark. See also his post on his blog about the latest episode of Finding Jesus and whether Jesus had a “secret brother.”     [Read more...]

LOST: This Place Is Death

The episode begins where the previous one ended, with Sun sitting in her car, planning to kill Ben Linus. She gets a call and talks to her daughter. When she has Ben at gunpoint, Ben says that Jin is still alive and he can prove it. In the past, we see Danielle’s team picking up [Read More...]

What is a Degree?

The discussions about my recent post on the topic of university education (which has since become a letter to the editor and posted online by The Collegian) reminded me about this topic that I had saved as a draft blog post to come back to later. NBC and Hemant Mehta covered the attempt of a Bible [Read More...]

Update Your Calendars for October 1st, 2018

A friend shared the above flyer on Facebook.Does anyone else remember 88 reasons Why The Rapture Will Be in 1988? People have been offering calculations like this since before the time of Jesus. Doesn’t the fact that all such calculations have been wrong suggest that it is not just the specific calculations, but the very act of [Read More...]

Creative Titles Related to the Bible and Science Fiction

Frauke Uhlenbruch asked on Facebook for some suggestions for titles for an essay on the Bible and science fiction. Here are some of my suggestions: Biblestar Galactica The Scriptures of Distant Earth Where No Interpreter of the Bible Has Gone Before “Use the Bible, Luke!” The Book of Fahrenheit 4:51 The Binding of Isaac (Asimov) [Read More...]

The Bible and the Bechdel Test

The Bechdel Test is a way of highlighting the male-centeredness of modern television and film. The test is simple: ask how frequently two female characters talk about something other than male characters. It has been applied to Doctor Who, for instance, and I shared an infographic on the subject here. Beth Birkholz, a Lutheran Pastor [Read More...]

LOST Rewatch: The Little Prince

The episode begins with the Oceanic Six on the boat. Jack and Kate talk about Aaron and what to do about him. Kate says she wants to claim that the child is hers. Then, three years later, Kate is with Sun, and borrows some clothes. Kate leaves, and Sun gets a delivery. It is surveillance [Read More...]

The Most Embarrassing Verse in the Bible

I saw the above quote on Facebook and wanted to comment on it, since it takes something that C. S. Lewis attributes to others, and treats it as though it were his own viewpoint. You can read a fuller excerpt here. Lewis has a point that the inclusion of things that were difficult and uncomfortable [Read More...]

Redeeming Gnosticism

There will be an interesting conference at Rice University this week: GNOSTIC COUNTERCULTURES: INTRIGUE AND TERROR (RICE UNIVERSITY, HOUSTON, 26-28 MARCH) Upcoming in Texas, a taste of something completely different: “Members of this congress will explore the Gnostic in Western culture from the ancient world to the modern New Age, tracing the emergence, persistence, and [Read More...]

Woman at the Well

My latest contribution to the Bible Odyssey website is up. It is in the “Ask a Scholar” section, and is a response to this question: When Jesus speaks with the Samaritan woman in John 4:17-19, is the passage about her husbands literal, or symbolic of the five different tribes that were settled in her town? Click through [Read More...]


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