Brant Pitre, The Case for Jesus

I am delighted to have the opportunity to participate in the Patheos Book Club about Brant Pitre's recent book, The Case for Jesus: The Biblical and Historical Evidence for Christ. Pitre's book touches on a number of points that have been mentioned, or indeed the focus of sustained attention, on this blog as well as [Read More...]

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Welcome to the Blogosphere, Josh!

My former student Josh Boeke has started a blog, and his first post tells a bit about his own personal faith journey away from fundamentalism. I get a brief mention on it, and on the one hand, it makes me really wish that he and I had had more of a chance to continue the [Read More...]

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Lewis’ Space Trilogy

I recently reread C. S. Lewis’ space trilogy, Out of the Silent Planet, Perelandra, and That Hideous Strength. Not that long ago, IO9 asked why they are not compared with Dune. The truth is that, while both series feature religion prominently, Lewis’ writing seems that little bit too heavy-handed in its Christian religiosity – even though it also [Read More...]

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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...]

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How To Tell You’re A Professional

The picture above was shared on Reddit. The best part is that someone offered an extended quote from C. S. Lewis in the comments. Here is the relevant section from his Mere Christianity: People get from books the idea that if you have married the right person you may expect to go on ‘being in [Read More...]

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Extraterrestrials and Human Religions

Hemant Mehta shared the above video, which is based on a new book by  astronomer David Weintraub, Religions and Extraterrestrial Life: How Will We Deal With It? . It might be one to incorporate into a class of mine on either religion and science, or religion and science fiction (the subject spans the two, not yet [Read More...]

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Self-Righteousness Made Easy

Two posts that appeared yesterday on blogs I read seemed to me to converge on a common point, albeit from opposite sides. First, Fred Clark offered a post about American Evangelicalism’s demonization of others (both real and imagined) so as to bolster its own goodness. At the end, after quoting C. S. Lewis, he writes: [Read More...]

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Katherine Jefferts Schori C. S. Lewis Legacy Lecture

Episcopal Cafe shared the above lecture delivered at Westminster College by the presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church USA. It touches on subjects of creation, science, and meaning. [Read more...]

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The Doctor, the Ring, and the Wardrobe

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Tolkien and Lewis on Myths and Lies

Thanks to Joel Watts for making me aware of this dramatization of a famous discussion between J. R. R. Tolkien and C. S. Lewis, one that was instrumental in the conversion of the latter to Christianity. [Read more...]

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Quote of the Day (C. S. Lewis)

I am a democrat because I believe that no man or group of men is good enough to be trusted with uncontrolled power over others. And the higher the pretensions of such power, the more dangerous I think it both to rulers and to the subjects. Hence Theocracy is the worst of all governments. If [Read More...]

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