The Bible and Economic and Social Justice: Following Ruth into Leviticus

I’ve been wanting to post some thoughts that came up in my class on the Bible last week. We were discussing the Book of Ruth, which itself challenged Israelite laws and prejudices aimed at Moabites (that itself is a message that some Christians seem not to have grasped). In the process of discussing Ruth, the [Read More...]

Dividing Land Like Wealth

I reposted this image that came my way on Facebook, and it generated a significant amount of discussion. I find it interesting for a number of reasons, besides the striking illustration of the distribution of wealth in the United States. It helps make the point that, just as one cannot simply produce more land as [Read More...]

Is There A Perfect Ethical Principle?

As a Christian, I seek to live by the Golden Rule. SMBC has a cartoon which calls into question whether even that principle represents a perfect ethical law (HT Hemant Mehta): I doubt (although feel free not to correct me) that anyone actually has the fetish mentioned in the cartoon. But I can well imagine [Read More...]

Obama Healthcare Bill (Not) Defeated

BLT shared this wonderful remake of a famous scene (when the media reported prematurely and incorrectly that “Dewey Defeats Truman”: It was inspired by this bit of misreporting, which Jim West shared a screenshot of on his blog: If you have been hiding under a rock somewhere and still don’t know what this is about, [Read More...]

Misread Bible Passages: Beware the Nicotines!

We continued our study of Revelation in my Sunday school class, and while we had some serious discussion of the issues facing the churches mentioned in chapter 2, the main thing that seemed worth blogging about was a misreading. One of the attendees said that at first glance they thought that two of the churches [Read More...]

Doctor Who: The Macra Terror

The lost Doctor Who episode “The Macra Terror” features that classic sci-fi trope, which had already appeared in Doctor Who prior to this, of a society that seems too perfect, and which in fact conceals a dark secret, as well as inevitably using mind control to keep people content. The scenario will likely also bring [Read More...]

The Latest on the Indiana Creationism Bill: Adding Still Other Views on Creation

“Unconstitutional Crusade Hurts Critical Thinking” is the title of a letter to the editor which appeared in today’s Indianapolis Star about the creationism bill that is going before Indiana’s senate. You can read it online. Also in the news today, as reported by the Daily Reporter and Skeptic, was the fact that the bill was [Read More...]

PIPA and SOPA Blackouts

Very shortly, Wikipedia and many other sites around the internet will be going dark for a day. When I mentioned this in class today, most students didn’t know about it. Since many people will be Googling PIPA and SOPA trying to figure out what is going on tomorrow, and Wikipedia ironically won’t be there to [Read More...]

The Lord’s Prayer in Indiana Public Schools?

As if the news of attempts to get creationism into science classrooms were not bad enough, there is another proposed law that seeks to allow schools to mandate the recitation of the Lord’s prayer. Here’s the text of Senate Bill 251: Sec. 4.6. (a) In order that each student recognize the importance of spiritual development [Read More...]


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