Ridiculously Complicated

Presumably there is a logical explanation for this, although it is one that is often overlooked by religious believers. The Biblical authors didn’t think of God as omnipotent. They had eliminated other gods by rolling them all into one. But God was still one who acted through flood and storm, earthquake and lightning, plague and famine. [Read More...]

It’s the Jedi Way

It is well known that Alec Guinness did not think at all highly about Star Wars. But he had been hired to play a role, and he did so, and did it well. And so I am surprised that, to my knowledge, no one had added him to the ever-growing collection of “still did their [Read More...]

Ethics and Empathy

The quote comes from the post “How Golden is the Golden Rule?” on Steve Douglas’ blog Undeception. As was pointed out in discussion here previously, a rigidly literalistic adherence to the Golden Rule might lead one to inflict one’s own preferences and desires on others. But clearly the point of the Golden Rule is about [Read More...]


Morgan Guyton is trying to get a hashtag going that responds to the one that says #ImaChristianBut. For many of us, we stand for equality, we treat others who do not share our religion or ideology with respect, and do other such things not despite being Christians but because we are Christians. My friend and colleague Brent [Read More...]

When God Closes a Door

When I saw this quip that Phillip shared on Facebook, I immediately thought that it deserved to become a meme, on the sort of demotivational poster I’ve made above. If you like it, please share it! [Read more...]

When You Have More Than You Need

I saw this on Facebook, and thought it nicely addressed a common human instinct. When any of us rises above the general situation of poverty that characterizes human existence, our instinct is to protect that status, not to make sure the path is clear for others to get where we are. We must resist that [Read More...]

Give a Flying Flip

The quote is from something Sarah Palin said in response to criticism of Donald Trump not knowing the names of leaders of other countries. It seemed appropriate to point out the irony of her saying that people don’t care who the leader is, since the leader will change, when she cares very much who the leader is [Read More...]

Proof Young-Earth Creationists Don’t Care What the Bible Says

The Institute for Creation Research recently shared the above image on Facebook, claiming that Jesus quotes from Genesis more often than any other book in the Old Testament. That claim is verifiably false. This is a clear example of them (1) assuming that what is central to them simply must have been important to Jesus, (2) not [Read More...]

Akhenaten’s Boardroom Suggestion

I really love this ancient Egypt version of the well-known boardroom suggestion meme! You need to know that meme, as well as the basics about Amenhotep IV, better known as the pharaoh Akhenaten. Historians and scholars have long wondered whether there was any influence from Akhenaten’s monotheism upon the emergence of ancient Israel’s. I’m not [Read More...]

Read the Syllabus

For students: The syllabus is to the course you are taking what the instruction book is to a video game, or the manual is to your driving test. Of course, in our day and age, many are used to situations in which you can just learn by doing and consult the instructions if and when you find [Read More...]

Straight Outta Gallifrey

Another Straight Outta Compton meme, this one for Whovians. This comes courtesy of Innerd Space on Facebook, who also shared this:     [Read more...]