Pun-al Substitution

Andrew Perriman blogged about the interaction between myself and Michael Bird about the penal substitution theory of the atonement. His reckoning suggests that the biggest difference between conservatives and liberals/progressives might be the willingness of the latter to make puns and other jokes about “penile substitution.” He may or may not be right. But in [Read More...]

Religious Tributes to Leonard Nimoy

It seemed appropriate to round up some of the tributes to Leonard Nimoy which have had religious elements to them.¬†They are all in a similar vein, although The Onion’s is the most distinctive of them, followed by David Hayward’s.   [Read more...]

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving* to those who celebrate it today! Here’s a poem for the occasion: Are you going to Thanksgiving dinner? Stuffing, sage, a turkey, and thyme This kind of food is always a winner You could say it’s a true love of mine… *Some restrictions apply. This wish does not constitute a contractual obligation to [Read More...]

Aliens Helped Humans Build the Pyramids

This came my way via Kara Cooney on Facebook, who also shared this gem (presumably depicting a scene connected with the audiobook The Eye of the Scorpion):     [Read more...]

Happy 4th of July!

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Comments Cartoons

I was looking for a cartoon to put at the end of my earlier post about blog comments, and found several, which I thought it might be worth sharing in a separate post. [Read more...]

Spring Ahead: A Daylight Saving Reminder

This is a reminder to those in the United States and other parts of the world where clocks need to be changed early tomorrow. Kindly sleep an hour less, be a little grumpy as a result, and still get where you need to go on time. For more information, see Scot McKnight’s post about Daylight [Read More...]

Moses in Winter

The above cartoon from The New Yorker, “Moses in Connecticut,” could be relocated to many places in the United States at the moment, including Indiana. Another New Yorker cartoon depicted the other side of the theology of snow:     [Read more...]

Carnivores on Noah’s Ark?

Bill Nye was wrong in thinking that most young-earth creationists think that all animals were vegetarians until after the flood. But it would make more sense if they did think that, since otherwise the question comes up of what the carnivores on the ark ate. But there are several possible answers that they could offer, [Read More...]

First Day of Classes

Today was the first day of classes at Butler University, as in many other places. This semester I’m teaching the Bible, the second semester of my first year seminar course “Faith, Doubt, and Reason,” and the second semester of a seminar course on “Religion and Freedom of Expression.” If you are an educator or a [Read More...]

Theological New Yorker Cartoons

A slide show with some of the most popular New Yorker cartoons came my way. Below are my favorites. Click through to see the whole collection.       I hope this gives you something to do to pass the time while stuck inside on this day of blizzard.     [Read more...]


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