Archives for May 2012

Doctor Who: The Krotons

The Doctor Who episode The Krotons features what to viewers in our time will appear to be quite primitive and poorly-constructed robots as the key villains. If one can get past the appearance – perhaps by keeping in mind that the Krotons are supposed to be not robots but organic crystal-based life forms that are [Read More…]

Travel Tips for Preparing to Visit Israel/Palestine

Next week I’m traveling with students from Butler University to Israel and the Palestinian territories on a 9-day tour. I just posted some tips to help students prepare for the trip on our course blog. Why not click through and take a look – and point out anything I may have neglected to mention? [Read more…]

God at Gunpoint

David Hayward offers another brilliant cartoon illustrating Biblicism’s approach to religion comically but poignantly. [Read more…]

Future Archaeology

Jim West shared this, and while it is funny for a variety of reasons, it also nicely illustrates the challenges that face archaeologists. Trying to figure out, from our perspective, what previously unseen objects were used for in the past, really is a challenge! [Read more…]

Outgrowing and Out-learning Young-Earth Creationism

There are a couple of interesting posts around the blogosphere related to young-earth creationism. Fred Clark has a delightful post with the title “Answers in Genesis teaches how not to read a story.” Here’s a sizable sampling: I know, I know, picking on the young-earth creationists is too easy. Fish in a barrel and all [Read More…]

Khirbet Qeiyafa’s Model Shrines and the Accuracy of the Bible

Being in the throes of grading, I am a bit late blogging about the announcement of the discovery of clay model shrines at Khirbet Qeiyafa dating from roughly 3,000 years ago. The Times of Israel has an article on the subject, and the Hebrew University issued a press release.  Demotix treats the find as evidence [Read More…]

JAAR Review of Religion and Science Fiction

I’ve been meaning to mention the review of Religion and Science Fiction in the latest issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Religion. It is written by Kevin Wetmore of Loyola Marymount University, and surveys the volume’s contents, concluding the review as follows: Overall, Religion and Science Fiction is an eclectic, interdisciplinary anthology that [Read More…]

Don’t Let Thinking People Stand In Your Way!

From ASBO Jesus. It should go without saying, but just in case, I’ll make it explicit. This is not a jibe at religion. There are religious believers, religious leaders, and religious community who welcome, encourage, and promote thinking. But there are also anti-intellectual and even anti-logical streaks in certain circles. Chances are, if you find [Read More…]

John’s Apologetic Christology for Kindle

I somehow failed to notice earlier that my first book, John’s Apologetic Christology: Legitimation and Development in Johannine Christology, is available for Kindle, at a much cheaper price than even the paperback version, and a significant reduction off even the digital list price. And so I thought I’d mention it here! [Read more…]

Time for the End of the Sectarian University?

Churches have long been instrumental in the establishment of universities. Some of the most prestigious secular universities of the present day in the United States – whether Harvard University, the University of Chicago, or Butler University [wink] – were founded by either churches or people motivated by religion, and had strong religious ties. But it [Read More…]


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