Summer Begins

Grades were due in today at Butler University, and so this kind of, sort of, marks the beginning of summer from an academic perspective. Actually, I have some administrative, assessment-related activities that I am still involved in. And so think I will just consider my summer - and my sabbatical – to start the week after next. [Read More...]

The Dark Ages

The above image was left by a commenter on my blog. It reflects a common trope about the “dark ages” which reflects not actual darkness, but modern lack of awareness about developments in science, philosophy, and universities in this period, often under the auspices of and with support from the Church. (Although I doubt it [Read More...]

Christianity vs. Humanism?

Hemant Mehta shared this. It certainly bears some resemblance to the differences between many conservative Christians and at least some humanists. But for many liberal and progressive Christians, the left hand side is simply false. We don’t subscribe to much in the way of dogma, and have been at the forefront in pointing out that even when [Read More...]

Fundamentalist Church History Chart

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Ignoring the Most Biblical Explanation

The above chart comes from NonStamp Collector, via Hemant Mehta. In addition to Biblical inerrantists ignoring the most obvious and reasonable explanation of what is in the Bible, they are actually ignoring the most Biblical explanation. The contradictions, discrepancies, and difficulties are there within the Bible, because human beings have put these texts with their [Read More...]

Take a Minute to Read This

Take an internet minute to read the above chart, that is. But what happens if you read it on the internet at the end of your workday? HT Marc Cortez   [Read more...]

Bible Wear and Tear

Another gem from TheologyGrams! [Read more...]

A Different Sort of Gnostic

Marc Cortez shared this diagram, which is like one that I shared previously, but is a bit more helpful in spelling out what the axis lines represent. What do you think? I think it is also perhaps more helpful than the Dawkins Scale. But the footnote suggests that things are still complicated, and there is [Read More...]

Does Making Charts Help Mythicism?

I laughed out loud when reading a recent post by Neil Godfrey. Most of it was neither laughable nor surprising. He discusses how we know people in the ancient world existed, with his usual shtick depicting historical Jesus scholars as confused bumblers. Nothing surprising, or interesting, except perhaps for his acknowledgment that historians in most fields do not [Read More...]

Death by Powerpoint Rap

Doug Chaplin shared the above video, and I think it might be useful viewing for those gearing up to present at SBL and/or AAR in November. Or any other conference, or business, or educational institution, or… On a related note, there is a panel session at SBL this year, in which I am participating, on [Read More...]

Evolution and Homicide: A Better Graph

A commenter on this blog, K. L. Onthank, saw some of the problems with the graph I posted previously, comparing acceptance of evolution and homicide rates, and decided to rectify the problem. Here is the chart they kindly came up with and shared! The increased accuracy is worth the price of having Americans who see [Read More...]