What Fundamentalists Worship

Quite a number of people are discussing t-shirts like this one (or the wider use of the sentiment expressed on it) in the aftermath of the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy: I am glad that fundamentalists are finally being a bit more honest about what they mean by “God.” They clearly do not mean an omnipresent [Read More...]

Life, Music, and Education

Alan Watts discusses how our society approaches life and education, and offers insights as to why that approach is something of a hoax. Absolutely worth the two minutes it will take you to listen to it. HT Larry Moran [Read more...]

The Jesus SeM&Minar as Teaching Tool

I’ve mentioned here before the class activity  I use when teaching my course on the historical Jesus. I get students to bring M&Ms, and we re-enact the voting on sayings of Jesus undertaken by the Jesus Seminar. And we call ourselves the Jesus SeM&Minar. Keith Reich recently tried the activity in his class. Click through [Read More...]

How and What we Learn and Teach

I am taking an online course at Butler, offered to faculty who are gearing up ourselves to offer online courses. Here are some videos that were shared as part of the course, which I think offer important food for thought for educators. This classic bit of comedy makes the point that if you are going [Read More...]

What Religious Extremists Fear Most

HT Jim West   [Read more...]

Jesus Learned

I have been talking a lot lately about how Biblical inerrantists are forced to twist the Bible in order to defend their doctrine about the Bible. People with a certain way of viewing Jesus do the same to Luke's Gospel. There is a famous story in Luke 2 about Jesus staying behind in Jerusalem when [Read More...]

You Know What I Did Last Summer

Summers are special times for professors. At the start of them, we make implausibly grandiose plans about what we are going to accomplish during them. At the end of them, we wonder where the time has gone. Here are some of the things I did this summer: Took students to Israel. Finished work on translating [Read More...]

Bible-Related Nonsense

img class=”alignleft” src=”http://i.ytimg.com/vi/COeqlKXvgN4/0.jpg” alt=”” width=”202″ height=”151″ />I focus on information literacy skills in my course on the Bible – i.e. the ability to identify and utilize reliable sources of information amid the wide array of sources of varying degrees of reliability – and ridiculousness – that abound on the internet. And so I asked them [Read More...]

Same Old Question

I found the image at Political Graffiti. It seems to me that there is a more serious parallel that one can draw between Christian discipleship and education in general. Traditionally, Christianity has been characterized by the vast majority of its devotees thinking in this term, so that even its teachers have ended up “teaching to the [Read More...]

The New Mindset List

The “Mindset List” for freshmen starting college or university this year (2012, and thus set to graduate as the class of 2016) has been posted (HT Inside Higher Ed). That’s the list of things which have always or never been the case for these students, and which those of us significantly older than them may find [Read More...]

Do Students Still Need to Steer Clear of the Internet?

Jona Lendering posted a reply on his blog to a recent post on mine, about teaching students to use online sources discerningly. His conclusion is stated bluntly at the end of the post: To sum up: at this moment there is no good reason why students should use the internet. Let’s face it: the internet [Read More...]


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