Hilding Rosenberg, Symphony No.4 “Johannes uppenbarelse”

A symphony based on and incorporating parts of the Revelation of John, as well as poems by Hjalmar Gullberg. Composed in the context of World War II and the expansion of the Nazis into Scandinavia. Just one of the ever-increasing number of pieces that I know will need to at least get a mention in my course [Read More…]

Playing Canon in Class

Canon: The Card Game has gone from being an idea, to a clear concept, to a game with printed cards, and most recently, to a game I’ve played in two settings: my Sunday school class at church, and then with the students in my Religion and Science Fiction class. The video above incorporates video and [Read More…]

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Random Churches of Rome 3: Santi Silvestro e Martino ai Monti

On my return visit to Rome, one of the churches I happened to pass and so popped into was San Martino ai Monti. It is less frequented by tourists, and yet there has been a church on this spot since around the year 500! Join me for a brief look around inside… [Read more…]

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The LEGO Grad Student

I’m grateful to PZ Myers for sharing a link to the LEGO Grad Student. The image above is just a sample. Here is one more: Click through for more! [Read more…]

Random Churches of Rome 2: Church of the Gesù

One church that I happened to walk past in Rome and so entered was the Church of the Gesù. I didn’t know at the time that it was connected with the founding of the Society of Jesus – the Jesuits. What I did recognize immediately was that it contained some great works of art. There was a [Read More…]

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Random Churches of Rome 1: Karl Jenkins’ Stabat Mater

Some of the most delightful moments in my exploring Rome this summer were unscripted moments when I happened to be passing a church and decided to enter. Sometimes I found incredible works of art. Once I found a performance going on of Karl Jenkins’ Stabat Mater, in the Sant’Andrea della Valle church in Piazza Vidoni. Having come in [Read More…]

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How Is Harry Potter Different Than the Bible?

In fact, they read it all the way through, paying close attention to detail, on more than one occasion. It seems to me as though many Christians who claim to take the Bible seriously actually merely pay lip service to it. Perhaps someone should write a spoof book about how to fake knowledge of and [Read More…]

The Canon Card Game Exists!

About a year ago I mentioned my interest in creating a game that would illustrate the dynamics of canon formation in simplified form, in a way that was fun but also infirmative and educational. Some of you may have been wondering whether anything was going to come of this. If so, I have great news: [Read More…]

Updated Ten Commandments

From College Humor via Hemant Mehta. New commandment #9 is especially important, but so are many others. I don’t know about you, but I think there is something serious that emerges from this humorous video. What we prohibit and command as a society reflects our values. And yet even when there are shared values, we [Read More…]

Through the Eyes of an Archaeologist

Readers of this blog already know that a real life archaeologist doesn’t look like Indiana Jones. Rather than ask, “but what does a real life archaeologist look like?” there is a more interesting question: “What does the world look like to a real life archaeologist?” Thanks to the American School of Classical Studies at Athens, now you [Read More…]


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