Archives for June 2009

On The Fly

I don’t have time to put together a post with a round-up of all the interesting posts around the blogosphere today, so I will simply point readers to the sidebar on this blog with posts I’ve recently read and chose to share. Someone found their way to this blog today by searching for “why are [Read More…]

From the Archives: Advice for Those Buying a Used Religion

This is a second repost of something I wrote on my old blog about Carl Sagan’s The Varieties of Scientific Experience, which are essentially a transcript of his Gifford Lectures. Sagan’s approach to religion is so thoughtful, level-headed, and rational that it is tempting to advocate “Saganism”, an approach to truth that is open to [Read More…]

The Insufficiency of Scripture

There have been books about the “sufficiency of Scripture”, but yesterday as I was reading the Bible I happened across a verse which testifies to the insufficiency of Scripture. 2 John 12 reads: I have much to write to you, but I do not want to use paper and ink. Instead, I hope to visit [Read More…]

From The Archives: What Did Jesus Mean?

I am still wondering about the saying attributed to Jesus in various forms in various Gospels (and in Mark, denied as a false accusation), “I will destroy this temple and in three days rebuild it”. That something like this was the earliest form is most probable, and it seems to be authentic. The big question [Read More…]

Lost Finales and Continuing Reviews

There is a post on the Doc Artz site with a delayed review of the Lost season 5 finale, and speculations about season 6 and the show’s ultimate end, interacting with many of the religious themes. It is definitely worth a look. Also of interest is Antiquitopia’s continuing review of Bauckham’s Jesus and the God [Read More…]

From The Archive: WWITTMYLYF?

The title of this post isn’t an abbreviation for something rude. It is an abbreviation for a question that I was asked some time ago and which I think it is important to ask, at least as a mental and spiritual exercise, since it can tell us a lot about what we really believe, what [Read More…]

The Angel of YHWH, Christology and Monotheism

Mike Koke has a post on a subject that is not a world away from the subject of my most recent book, and which interacts with a couple of other blogs that have touched on the subject. And so I wanted to highlight it, even though I’m on the move and my blog is currently [Read More…]

From The Archives: Four Questions

Someone on Yahoo! Answers asked the following questions: 1. Why do you believe in God?2. What’s the difference between Naive’ and Blind trust and Faith?3. Is it possible that religion is just a way for people to deal with lifeand non of it’s really even true?4. Is there really any such thing as pure and [Read More…]

From The Archives

The next several posts (the titles of which will be prefaced with “From The Archives”) will be posts made quite some time ago on this blog. I know there are a lot of new readers since this blog first started, and even since it moved to Blogger a couple of years ago. And so I [Read More…]

Science Fiction and Philosophy: A Review

Science Fiction and Philosophy: From Time Travel to Superintelligence, edited by Susan Schneider (Malden: Wiley-Blackwell, 2009), is a fantastic book that does not simply relate science fiction and philosophy to one another, but in fact shows that the two are significantly overlapping domains. Philosophy thrives on thought experiments, and has done since antiquity, as the [Read More…]