If You Know The Answer

A friend mentioned on Facebook having seen a billboard with these words on it at Oregon Health and Science University. I couldn’t find a picture of that actual billboard online, and so I made a meme with the phrase. It is indeed a great one. “If you know the answer, ask bigger questions.” How might [Read More…]

Faith, Theodicy, and the Best of All Possible Universities

As I’ve been talking with my students about the problem of evil, and their papers on the topic, it struck me that there is a parallel between the educational experience that I’ve been subjecting them to, and the idea of greater good emerging out of first order evils that is discussed and rejected by J. L. [Read More…]

Mandaean Mexican Restaurant in San Antonio

Charles Haberl kindly provided these details in response to my question about a Mandaean-owned restaurant in San Antonio: The restaurant you’re looking for is (appropriately enough) called El Rio. It’s at 1361 S Main St #600, Boerne, TX 78006, United States. It’s a half hour drive from the Convention Center, and so I don’t know whether [Read More…]

Is Democracy a Means or an End?

Recently we had what I thought was a really fantastic discussion in my Religion and Science Fiction class about whether we ought to allow a robot candidate for president. There are so many interesting ethical questions that intersect with this! Obviously it is related to the questions of personhood and rights that we discussed in [Read More…]

How Mythicism can Lead to Trump Support

Before anyone suggests otherwise, let me emphasize that I am not claiming that mythicism always or even regularly leads to support of Trump. Most people manage to keep their problematic reasoning compartmentalized. But as William Clifford warned long ago, once one believes something on insufficient evidence in one area, one is setting oneself up to [Read More…]

Singing Psalm 53 as the Aramaic Lord’s Prayer

This is labeled on YouTube as a sung version of the Lord’s Prayer in Aramaic. But it is elsewhere labeled as Psalm 53 in Syriac, sung in Georgia, for Pope Francis! It is beautiful either way, but this illustrates nicely the problems that arise when people start discussing texts in languages they don’t understand. Not [Read More…]

The Return of Doctor Misterio

We’ve been given the first glimpses of the Doctor Who Christmas Special. It will be called “The Return of Doctor Mysterio.” In other news, Peter Capaldi apparently wants there to be an episode in which the Doctor awakes to find himself the star of Doctor Who… [Read more…]

A Killer Goes to Jael

Hemant Mehta posted an SMBC comic in which someone asks God about the story of Jael in the Book of Judges. The story about Jael (and Deborah) is not at all hard to understand. It is about two women who rise to the challenge of defeating an enemy of their people, in a patriarchal context in [Read More…]

Press Release about Theology and Science Fiction

I recently spoke to Marc Allan, our university press liaison, about my latest book, Theology and Science Fiction. Click through to read the press release that he wrote. Professor McGrath Finds the Intersection of Theology and Science Fiction [Read more…]

Arutiunian Trumpet Concerto

It had been a while since I had heard this fabulous piece of music, but it was on the radio yesterday, and so I had to offer it to blog readers to listen to as well. Enjoy! [Read more…]