The Sinister Tentacles of Young-Earth Creationism

This cartoon from Answers in Genesis, shared on Facebook by Ken Ham and drawn to my attention by a friend, gets things precisely backwards in an important sense.   While it is true that what one thinks and considers outside of church will impact what happens inside it, that is neither surprising nor to be [Read More...]

My Course on How to Use the Internet

The new semester at Butler University begins on Monday. My course on the Bible is at the same time a course on how to use the internet. The need for training in such skills is illustrated well by this image that has been circulating on Facebook: Whether or not to take advantage of the accessibility [Read More...]

A Day in the Park (Questions and Answers)

I was talking with my pastor today over lunch, and our conversation touched briefly on the subject of questioning God. I remarked that if someone never questions God, they probably have not paid much attention to the Bible or to life, since both lead naturally to such questioning. I recently shared a cartoon about the [Read More...]

Questions vs. Assertions

David Hayward’s cartoon above gets it exactly right. Confident assertions often weigh us down and tie us to ways of thinking that often are not as well founded as we initially assumed. Questions raise us up to discover new things that we could never have if we refused to ask them. Even if the questioning [Read More...]

Now, There Is This Competing Theory…

It should of course be captioned, “If math was taught like┬ásome people want science to be taught, but thankfully in most cases it isn’t…” [Read more...]

Jesus’ Prophetic Nightmare

David Hayward’s latest cartoon depicts Jesus as having a truly prophetic ability, as illustrated by this uncannily accurate nightmare: Presumably it would have been enough to cause a nightmare if Jesus had simply foreseen what some people speaking in his name would about the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. Hector Avalos, [Read More...]

God’s Bible

Here’s another provocative cartoon from David Hayward: David points out that the Bible’s repeated references to “the Word of God” are not about something that can be called “the Bible.” This is true – and ought to be obvious – for several reasons. First and foremost, when the texts that eventually came to make up [Read More...]

Questions vs. Security

This cartoon from David Hayward seems to me to be a good one for the transition to a new year: I like this one better than the previous one that I commented on. It illustrates a number of things, in my view correctly. Choosing a path of openness and exploration vs. pat answers and the [Read More...]

The Wrong Way to Read the Bible

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Planuts

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The Short-Term Impact of Jesus’ Birth

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