Religion and Science Fiction on Halloween

Today was the first time that my class on religion and science fiction has met on Halloween, and so I dressed appropriately, and encouraged students to do the same. Few rose to the challenge, as you can see in the photo (the student on the right explained that she was dressed as a muggle). I [Read More...]

Islam and Freedom of Expression

Here is the video of the second public lecture in this year’s series on religion and freedom of expression. This one focuses on Islam, and the three speakers are Saba Mahmood, Peter Gottschalk, and Sholeh Shahrokhi. [Read more...]

STS Instructor Position

A couple of courses I teach, such as “Religion and Science,” count towards the Science, Technology, and Society program here at Butler University. And so I thought I ought to circulate this job advertisement connected with that program: Instructor Science, Technology and Society Program Butler University announces an Instructor position in its Science, Technology and [Read More...]

Butler University’s Royals

The above a cappella rendition of Lorde’s song “Royals” has been getting a lot of attention. What some may not know is that the singers are Butler University students, connected with the female a cappella group Freshly Brewed, which I had the privilege to be the faculty sponsor for when Kathleen Marvin started it back [Read More...]

Contesting Faith, Truth, and Religious Language at the Creation Museum

As the Butler STS blog mentioned today, my colleague Brent Hege will be giving a brown bag lunchtime talk about the Creation Museum tomorrow. It should be very interesting! [Read more...]

Freedom of Speech, Freedom of Faith

The Butler University Seminar on Religion and World Civilization got off to a wonderful start this year, with a session focused on freedom of religion as defined in the first amendment to the United States Constitution. Our three guest speakers were Sheila Seuss Kennedy, Rick Garnett, and Dan Conckle. Some who have attended many of [Read More...]

Unusual Perspectives

My colleague at Butler University, artist Steve Nyktas, has some of his artwork on his website, and it includes some photographs of entirely familiar objects from completely atypical standpoints. The results are often beautiful, but also thought-provoking as they illustrate how much we miss because we view things only from a particular angle that we [Read More...]

Creationism and Religious Freedom

Today my class on “Religion and Freedom of Expression” met for the first time. It is a class with a non-traditional format – we meet a few Saturday mornings for a few hours, plus also four evenings when students attend lectures in our public lecture series and have dinner and a Q&A time with the [Read More...]

Abraham “Heard Voices”

It is important to tread carefully when something tragic is in the news, such as Aaron Alexis' recent shooting rampage at a Navy yard. But my students are continuing to discuss the Abraham story and the Euthyphro today, and we simply cannot bypass the question of how one would react to someone in our time [Read More...]

Fast Times at Butler University

One of the students in my First Year Seminar course, “Faith, Doubt, and Reason,” is also a blogger and is blogging about the class! The blog is called “Fast Times at Butler University” and here is link to a post about the most recent class meeting (which I mentioned in my last post): “Objective Morality [Read More...]

Desmond Tutu Center

This evening I had the delightful privilege of hearing Desmond Tutu speak at Clowes Memorial Hall here on the campus of Butler University. In addition to his talk, his manner and his sense of humor being delightful, the occasion also saw the announcement that Butler University and Christian Theological Seminary will together be creating a [Read More...]


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