Archives for June 2011

In Praise of the iPad in an Airport

What can one do if stranded waiting for a flight, or perhaps just waiting for a flight without unexpected delays? It is amazing how much work and how much entertainment you can bring with you on an iPad. Depending on the amount of free space you have, you can fill up with more books, working [Read More…]

Stranded In Chicago? Eat Off The Kids Menu

I have been stuck in Chicago since last night. I missed a flight to London because of a delay from Indianapolis. Indianapolis airport has free wi-fi thanks to Marriott which sponsors it. You watch a short video about them, and then can access the Internet. Chicago O’Hare on the other hand asks you to pay [Read More…]

Judas and the Field of Blood (From the Archives)

As I mentioned in a recent post, there is great difficulty fitting together the information in Matthew and Acts about Judas’ death and his connection with a field known as “The Field of Blood”. One has him buy the field, while the other has the authorities do so with his money. One has Judas fall [Read More…]

On the Road

I will be travelling for several days prior to going to Israel, and so I have scheduled some posts to appear on the blog during that period. If I don’t respond to comments during the next few days, it isn’t because of lack of interest, but I may actually not have internet access. But please [Read More…]

Salvation by Gullibility?

When does an openness to ‘taking things on faith’ become gullibility? Why should God view people favorably because they show themselves open to falling for claims that do not have evidentiary support? And if God does indeed value belief of that sort, why would a willingness to believe without sufficient evidence that an individual was [Read More…]

Literalism and Biblical Authority

David Withun offers an interesting extended quote from James Turner’s book Without God, Without Creed: The Origins of Unbelief in America, addressing how Biblical literalism has served to undermine the authority of the Bible. [Read more…]

The Radical Middle (From The Archives)

I never thought I’d say this, but America might be better off if it had more prominent Fascist and Communist parties. In most European countries there are more than two parties that have a serious chance of having someone represented to parliament or an equivalent representative body, and the prime minister is usually the representative [Read More…]

Testing 4, 5, 6

Gearing up for the trip to Israel and blogging while there, I want to test the performance of the iPad WordPress app, which allows you to take a photo while blogging and insert it directly into the post. And so here is a shot from the Butler University campus… The only issue is that you [Read More…]

Quote of the Day (Stuff Fundies Like)

When a person’s moral conscience is bombarded with inanity, they lose their ability to discern when truly gross sin is in their midst. — Darrell in his post “Moral Confusion” on the blog Stuff Fundies Like [Read more…]

No One Believes That The God Of The Bible Exists Anymore (From The Archives)

The title of this post is not a complaint; it is merely an observation. No one confronts the representatives of another tradition with a contest to see which one’s deity will send fire from heaven as Elijah did. No Christian blogger claims that those who comment negatively will be struck with blindness for doing so, [Read More…]