2014 State of the University

At the start of every academic year, the president of Butler University gives a talk called the “State of the University” address. I thought I’d share this year’s, since it is on YouTube, and it includes pictures of some of the exciting building projects that are planned on campus for the near future. There’s more about [Read More...]

Video of John Green’s Butler University Commencement Address

I previously mentioned (and shared the text of) this wonderful speech to graduates by John Green at this year’s Butler University Commencement. But now there is a video available. Enjoy! [Read more...]

Religious Diversity and Alienation

I have been struck by the language some atheist bloggers I read have used in recent days, in reference to how they felt about President Obama’s speech/sermon in Newtown. Alienation. As a progressive Christian, and as someone who has studied Biblical studies, theology, and philosophy of religion, I often feel something that could be described [Read More...]

Excellent Speech on Gay Rights

Via Gawker (HT Joel Watts on Facebook) I heard a brief speech before the Springfield City Council about homosexuality and gay rights, delivered by Rev. Phil Snider of Brentwood Christian Church in Missouri. Listen to it all the way to the end. UPDATE: Others have since shared the video, including Bob Cargill, who adds some [Read More...]

The Right to Not Be Offended?

Ismail Mohamed, a religious scholar and former an imam, is quoted in today's New York Times as saying, “We don’t think that depictions of the prophets are freedom of expression. We think it is an offense against our rights.” I don't think anyone has the right to never be offended. Indeed, I think the claim [Read More...]


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