Madonnas of Science

Since one of the topics this blog explores is the intersection of religion and science, I had to give a mention to the Madonnas of Science by Chris Shaw which an IO9 article recently highlighted, and which are currently on display at the San Francisco Museum of Art.    [Read more…]

Up, Up, and Away!

Today was the Feast of the Ascension. There are two favorite quotes of mine related to the ascension, which I have shared at least twice before on this blog. Here they are again: First, Keith Ward (The Big Questions in Science and Religion, p.107): We now know that, if [Jesus] began ascending two thousand years ago, [Read More…]

Young-Earth Creationists Living in Sin

It is interesting to read the sorts of things one finds on the Answers in Genesis website about sin. There are studies on the topic by the organization’s leaders and members, as well as classic sermons by Charles Spurgeon. For instance, Spurgeon says: “Every man who believes Christ obeys him; believing and obeying always run side by [Read More…]

Young-Earth Creationism vs. Sodom and Gomorrah

In the Biblical story about Sodom and Gomorrah, Abraham pleads with God to spare the cities even if just a certain minimum number of righteous people are found in it. Eventually he bargains God down to ten. The story then unfolds that, although there aren’t that many righteous people to be found in the city, [Read More…]

Ken Ham Continues to Contradict Himself

We’ve recently heard Ken Ham denying knowledge of where the notion of humans riding dinosaurs comes from, when it was his own books. Now we have Ham denying the stance that his own representative, Terry Mortenson, articulated during a recent visit to Butler University. As Joel Watts noted, Ham’s claim that it was atheists who were [Read More…]

Happy Easter!

To all those who celebrate Easter today, I wish you a happy one! Hristos a înviat! Χριστός ἀνέστη! המשיח קם! ܡܫܝܚܐ ܩܡ! Христос воскресе! Kristus z mŕtvych vstal! [Read more…]

Doctor Who: The Crimson Horror

“The Crimson Horror” brings together a team of characters to tackle a somewhat stereotypical evil, but with some interesting religious elements to explore for those interested in the intersection. Spoilers ahead! The story is set in the Victorian Era, with Vastra, Jenny, and Strax providing heroism and laughs. It begins with a mystery – dead [Read More…]

Religions of the World Class Harlem Shake

In case you ever wondered what students in religion classes at Butler University get up to. This is in my colleague Brent Hege’s class. Taking on the Harlem Shake is just the latest end-of-semester activity. He usually does a class photo at the end of each semester. Here’s one from a previous year: [Read more…]

The Doctor Who Can Be Named

Over on the blog A God-Sized Puzzle, Eruesso brought Doctor Who and the Tao Te Ching together and came up with this: This can lead to some interesting discussions at the intersection of religion and science fiction. Human beings hunger revelations, but they fail to satisfy in the long term. You can see this in [Read More…]

Data Collection Fail, Money Collection Win

This image came to my attention via God on Facebook. It features a homeless man with a sign that asks “Which religion cares the most about the homeless?” And then multiple receptacles for money labeled with different religious identities. This doesn't work as a way of demonstrating something. Is the photo a set up or [Read More…]