Moses the Lifeguard

This cartoon came my way on Facebook today: While it is just a bit of silly humor, it can be the jumping off point for a reflection on something more serious and timely. A lot of religious believers make it a point of dogma to affirm that miracles happened as described in the Bible. But [Read More...]

Coffee with Jesus AND Doctor Zaius

So apparently there isn’t just a variation on the strip “Coffee With Jesus” that is “Coffee With Dr. Zaius.” There is also “Coffee With Doctor Zaius With Jesus.” And since it touches on evolution and the humanity of Jesus, how could I not share it? [Read more...]

Reciprocal Discomfort

On Wednesday, Butler University hosted its start of year faculty workshop. I presented on my experience of teaching online in the breakout sessions. In the first plenary session, we were compelled to write about, and then share with others sitting at our table, one thing that we find challenging or that makes us insecure. I [Read More...]

Waldo Goes to India

I came across this a while back and have been meaning to share it. Finding Waldo twice over at GenCon, when I wasn't even looking for Waldo, reminded me to do so. I found some minimal information about the illustration (which is by Josh Mecouch, a cartoonist for MAD Magazine), and the tweet by Saragh [Read More...]

The Sarcastic Method

From PHD Comics. HT Ben Witherington [Read more...]

Worst Teacher Ever?

As we start a new semester, it is important to call to mind bad examples as well as good ones. Do you have a bad feeling about this semester? I'll be teaching my course on religion and science fiction, which made this Star Wars comic seem particularly relevant.   [Read more...]

Creation and Evolution: The True Stories

I had barely posted on the fact that the story of Noah's ark makes at least slightly more sense when one includes hyper-fast evolution, when the blog The Layman's Answer to Everything posted about the story of Noah's ark being a parable of evolution. When the metaphorical flood comes, the fittest survive. Then Chris Brady [Read More...]

Boring

This came my way today via Facebook: How would you say “That's boring” in your field of expertise? (To see the range of ways this is said in my field, just have a look at the recent reviews of Reza Aslan's book Zealot…)   [Read more...]

Beyond a Copernican Spiritual Revolution

David Hayward posted this cartoon, depicting the sea change in the direction of so many being “spiritual yet not religious”: Some will find the shift from the church at the center to the individual at the center offensive and problematic. But it isn't that different from what Jesus talked about when he said “the Sabbath [Read More...]

Decision-Making Dilemma

Frank Viola shared this image: Although there is nothing wrong with asking what someone we admire would do in a particular situation, ultimately we either admire someone because we share their ideals and find inspiration in them, or because we can project our own ideals onto them. And so we really are asking not “What [Read More...]

Bible for Brains

It saddens me to realize that some may see David Hayward's latest cartoon and think that what it depicts, having a head filled only with a Bible, is a good thing. But to think that is to demean the Creator, suggesting that the fact that we have brains which can discern and reason, if we [Read More...]


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