Life, Music, and Education

Alan Watts discusses how our society approaches life and education, and offers insights as to why that approach is something of a hoax. Absolutely worth the two minutes it will take you to listen to it. HT Larry Moran [Read more…]

Quote of the Day (Damien and John Keown)

The religions of the world are becoming increasingly aware that what unites them in ethics is greater than what divides them in theology. — Damien Keown and John Keown, “Killing, karma and caring: euthanasia in Buddhism and Christianity” in the Journal of Medical Ethics 21 (1995) 265. [Read more…]

Does Life Begin at Creation?

“Life begins at conception” is a common phrase to encounter in discussions of abortion and related issues. Despite what those with short memories may genuinely believe, the issue of abortion and the view that it is murder have not been the views of most Evangelical Protestants for all that long (as we’ve been reminded recently [Read More…]

Religious Freedom and Healthcare

In recent weeks I've regularly heard Catholic bloggers and commentators complain that the new healthcare legislation infringes on their religious liberty, since it will require them to pay for coverage which will allow their employees to get contraception and other things that are against Catholic teaching. Something didn't sit quite right with me. Today I [Read More…]

Excellent Speech on Gay Rights

Via Gawker (HT Joel Watts on Facebook) I heard a brief speech before the Springfield City Council about homosexuality and gay rights, delivered by Rev. Phil Snider of Brentwood Christian Church in Missouri. Listen to it all the way to the end. UPDATE: Others have since shared the video, including Bob Cargill, who adds some [Read More…]

The Bible and Economic and Social Justice: Following Ruth into Leviticus

I’ve been wanting to post some thoughts that came up in my class on the Bible last week. We were discussing the Book of Ruth, which itself challenged Israelite laws and prejudices aimed at Moabites (that itself is a message that some Christians seem not to have grasped). In the process of discussing Ruth, the [Read More…]

Opposing Mix-It-Up Day: Bigotry and Isolationism in Jesus’ Name

The New York Times has reported that the organization that calls itself the “American Family Association” is opposing Mix It Up Day – a day during which children are (get ready for it) encouraged to sit with someone that they would not normally, outside of their comfort zone. American Family Association, and anyone who keeps [Read More…]

Hagar as Woman, Slave and Wife

It is useful to discuss what is going on with Christopher Rollston at Emmanuel Christian Seminary from the perspective of academic freedom. But it is also important to pay attention to the matter that sparked it all: Biblical studies, and what Chris referred to as the “marginalization of women” in the Bible. That terminology doesn’t [Read More…]

Doctor Who: Survival

There is something striking about the fact that the last episode of Doctor Who before its long period of non-production was called “Survival“. The DVD release of the episode includes a second disc with extras, one of which is a documentary “Endgame” about the show’s cancellation, about which I’ll say more after discussing the episode [Read More…]

Is Sex the Reason Some Insist Jesus Wasn’t Married?

Whatever one thinks of the authenticity or otherwise of the papyrus fragment that seems to be stuck with the title the “Gospel of Jesus’ Wife,” I think it is useful that people are talking about the possibility of Jesus having been married. Some react to the idea with such an excessive dismissiveness, as though their [Read More…]