Archives for January 2008

Quote of the Day (Phillip Johnson)

“I also don’t think that there is really a theory of intelligent design at the present time to propose as a comparable alternative to the Darwinian theory, which is, whatever errors it might contain, a fully worked out scheme. There is no intelligent design theory that’s comparable. Working out a positive theory is the job [Read More…]

A Mountain From Which To Survey All The Kingdoms of the Earth

Today one of my students was astute enough to notice the worldview implied in Matthew 4:8, with its reference to a high mountain from which it was possible to view all the kingdoms of the world. Matthew seems to have thought the earth was flat, even though by his time the Greeks had made some [Read More…]

Salvation By Gullibility?

Where does an openness to ‘taking things on faith’ become gullibility? Does God view us favorably when we show we are open to falling for claims that do not have evidentiary support? If so, why would a willingness to believe without evidence that an individual was raised from the dead 2,000 years ago be more [Read More…]

Transferring $27 Million for Mutual Benefits

Just a couple of more spam hoaxes to share, in the hope that I may spare some gullible little old lady some grief as a result of falling for one of these attempts to get sensitive personal information from people. Personally, anyone who believes that a message from a legitimate institution, whether of government or [Read More…]

Know Thyself: The Sarah Connor Chronicles

It was only a few days before the most recent episode of Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles that I managed to watch the two-part two-hour premiere. So far, I like the show, which has the eerie menacing sliding sound from the movies when a terminator is around, as well as some philosophical reflections on the [Read More…]

Two Different Cultures, In The Same Space, Separated By Ten Minutes

I am once again teaching two very different groups of students. The class is the same: RL 202 The Bible. One is from 10-10:50am and one is from11-11:50am. Both are in the same room, and have the same syllabus. The biggest difference between them? The worldview that the majority in each group seems to share. [Read More…]

Photos from India

As the jet lag wears off, I will hopefully also soon find myself able to actually write about my trip too… [Read more…]

Quote of the Day (Roland Boer)

“Fence-sitting is a precarious business; done for too long, it can lead to an injury in some vital part” (Roland Boer, Rescuing the Bible (Malden: Blackwell, 2007) p.79). [Read more…]

Quote of the Day (Peter L. Berger)

“I have sometimes asked myself how a gynecologist could manage to have sexual intercourse; by the same token, one could ask how a New Testament scholar could be a Christian” (Peter L. Berger, Questions of Faith (Blackwell, 2004) p.54). [Read more…]

Questions Of Faith

One of the books I took along to read on my recent trip to India was Peter Berger’s recent Questions of Faith: A Skeptical Affirmation of Christianity (Blackwell, 2004). I had high hopes, since I’ve found Berger’s writings beneficial and insightful in the past, and made use of his work with Thomas Luckmann on the [Read More…]