Doctor Who and Religion: A 50th Anniversary Celebration

I will be giving a brown bag lunchtime talk on campus next week on the topic of Doctor Who and religion. Click through to see the poster advertising the event!   [Read more...]

Religion and Science Fiction Syllabus

Several people have asked for a copy of the reading list for my class on religion and science fiction, and so I am making a copy of the syllabus available here. I have also added a link to a plainer version of it on the page I created some years ago for the course, even [Read More...]

Brace Yourselves

Today is the first day of classes at Butler University, and so a meme image seemed an appropriate way to mark the occasion. [Read more...]

But Have Not Love

Let me begin with a paraphrase of 1 Corinthians 13, reworked for students: If I learn to speak in Latin and/or in Chinese, but do not have love, I am only a fire alarm going off in the middle of the night in a student dorm. If I am able to ace organic chemistry exams [Read More...]

Whovian in the Library

The Doctor Who episode “Silence in the Library” is particularly popular with Doctor Who fans who are librarians, since the episode is set in a planet-sized library. Butler University recently hired a new librarian, Franny Gaede, who is a Whovian. And so soon after getting to campus, this appeared on her door: I love that, [Read More...]

Engage: Faith and Science

Via the Butler Connection, I learned about this upcoming event: University of Indianapolis Professor of Biology Dr. John Langdon and former microbiologist/current pastor of Cross and Crown Lutheran Church Rev. Christine Wulff  will discuss the intersection of faith and science at the Center for Faith and Vocation, 4615 Sunset Ave., beginning at 6:30 p.m.Friday, Aug. 23. Have you [Read More...]

Desmond Tutu to Speak at Butler University

Butler University issues a press release yesterday about an upcoming event: Butler University and Christian Theological Seminary (CTS) are honored to welcome Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, 1984 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, to Butler’s Clowes Memorial Hall for a public address at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 12. Generous support for this event is provided by [Read More...]

Intellectual Honesty vs. Statements of Faith

This coming academic year I will be teaching a class that runs in parallel to an annual public lecture series. The coming year’s topic is “Religion and Freedom of Speech.” It will look at the first amendment, specific examples related to Islam and to Russia, and academic freedom. In relation to that last point, here [Read More...]

Reflections on Teaching Online

As most readers are aware, this summer I taught my course on the Bible online for the first time. Now that it is complete, I want to offer some reflections on the experience, beginning from what I brought to the course, the preparations, and the actual delivery and implementation. Prior experience: I had some prior [Read More...]

2013 String Scholars Camp Finale Concert

I already shared the hilarious finale piece, “Remote Control.” Here are the other pieces performed by the full orchestra: Gustav Holst’s “Jupiter,” Van Morrison’s “Moondance,” Bernard Herrmann’s “Psycho,”  and William Hofeldt’s “Lullaby.” [Read more...]

Remote Control

I’ll share some other music from the finale concert of this year’s String Scholars Camp at Butler University on another occasion. But I want to highlight this final piece from the concert, “Remote Control” by Richard Meyer. It is a wonderful bit of musical comedy. Richard Auldon Clark is the conductor, and Karen Thickstun is [Read More...]


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