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...]

A Textbook Case of Addiction

Or should that be “a case of textbook addiction”? From the webcomic series Cyanide and Happiness.   [Read more...]

The Episcopaleozoic Era

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Interstellar PhD

Not a good planet for humanity’s overall survival. But perhaps a good place for a university? Or better yet, what if you get to enroll in a university on this planet, but do your research on Earth or in space, so that you can earn a PhD in an hour or less, local relative time? [Read more...]

The Holy Trilogy

I’ll be giving a paper at SBL in November comparing sci-fi canons (with particular focus on Star Wars, given the new direction the franchise is taking) and Biblical canons. And so I was struck when a couple of items came to my attention today, all connected by the use of the phrase “The Holy Trilogy,” an [Read More...]

Ode to Coffee

Coffee, coffee, we adore thee! Java glory, java love. Brains awake like flowers before thee. Raise our mugs to God above. These new hymn lyrics come from Unvirtuous Abbey on Facebook, and I thought it worth turning into a meme image. One commenter on Facebook added a second verse: Melt the fog of sleepy stumbling; drive [Read More...]

Let the Punishment Fit the Crime

This comic from Cyanide and Happiness relates to both religious ideas of punishments in an afterlife, and education, and so I had to share it. There is a long history of people imagining punishments in an afterlife that are suited to the evils they did in this life. And, however problematic that is, it is probably [Read More...]

Enabling Someone’s Sinful Lifestyle

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Redjaw Easter

I saw these two cartoons related to Easter among those on the Redjaw Cartoons site, and thought I would share them.   [Read more...]

Schroedinger’s Cat Goes to the Vet

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Megachurch

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