Student-Made Documentary on the Gospel of Judas

I am grateful to Christian Askeland for drawing attention to this documentary, made by students from right here in Indiana! [Read more…]

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Jury Duty and the Historical Jesus

The first two days of this week, I was selected for jury service. This was my first time selected. I wished I could have recorded some of the ways that the lawyers explained the criteria of evidence during the voir dire, explaining that “beyond reasonable doubt” doesn't mean “beyond all doubt” and other things that [Read More…]

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The Doctor Investigates Gravity Hill

I decided to take a drive with my son yesterday to two places that we had never been to. I had heard about the phenomenon of a “gravity hill” as a kid, probably via to the show Ripley’s Believe It Or Not. I found out some months ago that one such place is right near Indianapolis, [Read More…]

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ISNA Vandalized

I have felt connected to very important events in recent years, as well as more closely in touch with Islam in North America, thanks to the presence of the Islamic Society of North America's headquarters in nearby Plainfield. Students from Butler regularly visit there, and some have even done internships. And so I was dismayed [Read More…]

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Bible School Primer for Governors

I just saw the news that Indiana governor Mike Pence has begun turning away refugees. It would be shameful under any circumstances, but Pence pretends to be a defender of Christian values, which makes it all the more disgusting. The above image came my way via Facebook. Unfortunately, Facebook isn’t letting me post links to [Read More…]

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Visiting the New Mormon Temple

Yesterday I went on a tour of the new Latter-Day Saints temple in Carmel, Indiana. It was my first ever visit to a Mormon temple, and it was quite fascinating. The architecture and artwork are all customized for the local context, and so it is not a coincidence that the top of the temple will remind [Read More…]

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Jesus in Indiana

I felt like I should make some memes specifically for the new Facebook page I created, Progressive Christians of Indiana. And so here is my first. It hopefully works on its own, but since it tries to allude to a lot of things in a short space, let me comment on it at least a [Read More…]

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Progressive Christians of Indiana

I had someone ask me if there was an organization of progressive and liberal Christians in Indiana. There didn’t seem to be. And so I have set up a Facebook page, “Progressive Christians of Indiana.” If you are in that category, please do like the page on Facebook! Hopefully it will prove to be a [Read More…]

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Perspective on Persecution

The quote from conservative commentator Tim Swarens comes from his opinion piece in the Indianapolis Star, “A little perspective, please, on Christian ‘persecution’ and RFRA.” The photo used in the meme image also comes from the Star and was taken by Michelle Pemberton. [Read more…]

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“Religious Freedom” (With Correctly-Used Scare Quotes)

There are lots of examples of scare quotes being misused, as though they conveyed emphasis rather than irony. But in an article that appeared today on the Indianapolis Star website, I am sure they are being used appropriately. The title of the article is: “Indiana pastors to protest change in ‘religious freedom’ law.” Let it be clear [Read More…]

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#IndyWelcomesAll

I was at Indianapolis Airport today, and noticed this banner:   If you have ever been to Indianapolis, you will know the statement is true. Indianapolis is a very diverse city, and one which embraces and relishes that diversity. It is characteristic of many states, and not only Indiana, that its urban areas are “blue”'and [Read More…]

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