The Best Thesis Defense

  I smiled when I saw the above XKCD cartoon on Facebook. But from a more serious side, despite the saying that “the best defense is a good offense,” that isn't true in the world of arguments and reasoning, whatever its validity may or may not be in the realm of sports. No matter how [Read More...]

Sounds Like a Scam

I have said before that if depicting Jesus’ death as a legal transaction ends up making God seem unjust, you might want to rethink your analogy. Likewise if depicting Jesus’ offer of salvation makes him sound like a Nigerian banker, you might want to rethink your imagery.   [Read more...]

Psalm for an Idol

  By David Hayward   [Read more...]

A Saloon with High Standards

The cartoon above was shared on the Internet Monk blog. It got me thinking. A church having an informal, conversational atmosphere, beverages, and even opportunities for karaoke seem to me to potentially be good things. Why can’t we combine that with high standards, not in the sense that we become rigid and dogmatic, but that [Read More...]

Worried to Death

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Is That a Metaphor?

I've shared both of these before, but thought they should be circulated again, since I still hear people talking about “Biblical literalists” as though there were such people. Please be more accurate and call them selective Biblical literalists. Otherwise you give them credit for being consistent where it isn't deserved.   [Read more...]

I’ll Just Finish This Chapter

HT Roger Wolsey’s Kissing Fish page on Facebook. [Read more...]

Recyclable Souls

HT Steve Caruso on Facebook. While our metaphysical views must inevitably differ from those of bygone eras, the nature of identity, personhood, and self continue to fascinate. Feel free to have a serious discussion, if you are so inclined, taking this non-serious cartoon as a starting point. Do you think your soul/self is in any [Read More...]

Four Part Harmony

I came across the cartoon below, which seems to be neither funny nor accurate. I’m tempted to start a four-part a cappella vocal group called “The Moseses” in which we wear shirts that say “J,” “E,” “D,” and “P” and sing separate strands of the Pentateuchal narrative, just to show that it works just fine, [Read More...]

Star Wars Deleted Scene

From Savage Chickens   [Read more...]

This Argument Doesn’t Seem Quite Kosher

From The New Yorker   [Read more...]


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