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...]

Islam and Freedom of Expression

Here is the video of the second public lecture in this year’s series on religion and freedom of expression. This one focuses on Islam, and the three speakers are Saba Mahmood, Peter Gottschalk, and Sholeh Shahrokhi. [Read more...]

Zombies at the Manger

From Chuck and Beans, a cartoon series which has many more holiday-themed ones, including this: [Read more...]

Converging Comics

I was struck by the convergence of two cartoons in today’s paper, Family Circus and Speed Bump. Here they are: Both are playing with the familiar question “Are we there yet?” – usually uttered by a child in a back seat of a car. But the “Are we evolved yet?” version reflects – or at [Read More...]

Animate Bible

Through the Patheos network, it was suggested that I ought to take a look at a new series called Animate: Faith. I glanced, was not immediately excited, and left it at that. But today, Adam Cleveland mentioned another part of the series, Animate: Bible, and included a screenshot which grabbed my attention: That got my [Read More...]

House of Cards

David Hayward’s cartoon which he posted today depicts what “faith” is for many people: Hundreds of years ago, faith meant a response of trust and faithfulness to a God whose existence was thought to scarcely be in serious doubt. The order of the cosmos, the power of storms, and many other aspects of life seemed [Read More...]

Rewriting a Church Mission Statement

The cartoon above (and the one below) are from the delightful series St. Swithin's. I recently participated in a session aimed at identifying core values of our church, and so I can appreciate how close to home the cartoon hits. Our pastor used a denominational resource that was very helpful, asking us to come up [Read More...]

David Hayward is Moving to Patheos!

I’m posting this to spread the good news that David Hayward, the cartoonist known to many from his blog Naked Pastor, is moving his blog to Patheos. Welcome, David! Some of his cartoons I absolutely love. Some of them I strongly disagree with. They are pretty much never dull and never fail to get you [Read More...]

Why Some Students Prefer Creationism

The classes depicted below are shorter and simpler than ones that involve actual scientific information and research. No wonder some students would prefer them… For those actually interested in legitimate science, National Academies Press has a book available that you can download for free: Science, Evolution, and Creationism. The latest issue of Evolution: Education and Outreach [Read More...]

Turkey Theology for Thanksgiving

David Hayward offers the above cartoon with a different perspective in the theology of Thanksgiving. Below are a few other cartoons in a similar vein by other cartoonists.   [Read more...]