Spruce Treeeeeeee!

Fred Clark has offered a characteristically witty post that builds on my recent one about an ancient spruce tree in Sweden. He suggests that “spruce tree” can become the standard response to any young-earth creationist nonsense one is presented with (much like the YEC phrase “were you there” except that in this case the response [Read More...]

Tree of Knowledge

This image came my way on Facebook. There is more information about the tree on the National Geograohic website. Of course, by calling this post “tree of knowledge” I will be setting some readers on edge because of the allusion to Genesis. But that reaction itself reflects a problematic understanding of the passage. I doubt [Read More...]

Religions’ Evolutionary Family Tree

Via Hemant Mehta, I learned of the Russian site which has a detailed (even if inevitably not comprehensive) family tree of religions. It is definitely worth looking at closely, whether to admire or criticize, since either way it is a detailed work and a conversation starter. The image above is just a slice, so click [Read More...]

Xylon (The Tree) by Kerry Livgren

  Lyrics: There’s a garden in the valley There’s a beauty I could never conceive In this paradise I dream of I have known it though it’s never been seen I remember I was falling Someone took me by the hand I was burning in the sunlight Now in the shade I stand (Chorus) The [Read More...]

Original Banking

From yesterday's Non Sequitur.   [Read more...]

Abridged History of Christmas

From FDPI. Is there anything else essential that you think ought to have been mentioned? [Read more...]

Oh Christmas Tree!

We put up and decorated our Christmas tree yesterday. This morning, while it is still dark, I tried taking a photo. I think the above, taken without flash, does at least some justice to it. We also turned on the lights on the Christmas tree at church yesterday for the first (official) time, too. Now [Read More...]

Dalek Christmas Tree

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The Tree of Idiocy

“See that thou partakest not of the fruit of the tree of idiocy that is in the midst of the living room. For in the day after day after day that thou partakest of it, thou shalt surely become brain dead.” From Non Sequitur [Read more...]

Doctor Who: Underworld

The very title of the Doctor Who episode “Underworld” hints at its intersection with religion. But while the “underworld” in question turns out to be a world of tunnels with no access to the sky, the episode nevertheless more than lives up to the expectation that it will provide interesting terrain for exploring religion. Although [Read More...]

O Jazzy Christmas Tree

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