Richard Carrier and Illiterate Country Hicks

As readers of this blog probably know, I wrote a short and focused review of one aspect of Richard Carrier’s book On the Historicity of Jesus for The Bible and Interpretation. I am planning to follow up with another such focused review, probably focused on the use of the Rank-Raglan scale in assessing historicity. But there are lots [Read More...]

When Abraham Met Socrates

In my first year seminar class “Faith, Doubt, and Reason,” students read part of Genesis and the Euthyphro dialogue before being asked in an assignment to retell the Abraham story, putting themselves in Abraham’s shoes and wrestling with the question of what makes actions morals. This semester, I had a student start the dialogue this way: Socrates: [Read More...]

Harry Plato

Tom Bolin shared a link on Facebook to a Tumblr page with this observation: DISCOVERY: that the addition of “Harry” to almost any Plato quote makes it seem legitimately like a nugget of wisdom out of the mouth of Albus Dumbledore. “Death is not the worst that can happen to men, Harry.” “Harry, good actions [Read More...]

Doctor Who: Storm Warning

On a recent trip to Chicago, when I unfortunately found myself stuck in rush-hour traffic that would add more than an additional hour to my journey, I did what anyone in my situation would do. I pressed “play” on a Doctor Who audiobook. I had heard good things about the Eighth Doctor adventures from Big [Read More...]

The Sarcastic Method

From PHD Comics. HT Ben Witherington [Read more...]

Lil’ Plato and the Allegory of the Cave Rap

A student in my colleague’s class made a rap video about the Allegory of the Cave in Plato’s Republic. It is filmed on the Butler campus and features Butler students. Let me know what you think of it! [Read more...]


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