The Quest for Consonance

The Quest for Consonance THE QUEST FOR CONSONANCE: THEOLOGY AND THE NATURAL SCIENCES MCKENNA HALL CONFERENCE CENTER UNIVERSITY OF NOTRE DAME APRIL 2-5, 2017   What is the relationship between faith and reason, theology and philosophy, religion and science? Since the rise of contemporary philosophies of science in the 1960s, there has been a growing [Read More…]

Wrong Hail Mary

CNN reported that a Catholic Church in Sri Lanka printed the wrong lyrics to “Hail Mary” in the bulletin for their Christmas service. The lyrics to the Tupac song “Hail Mary” were not what the church intended for people to sing… I have seen a lot of church bulletins where even cursory proofreading could have prevented embarrassment. [Read More…]

Jack Chick Goofed

I really like this reworking of Jack Chick’s famous tract, “This Is Your Life,” in honor of Chick’s death, by Gretchen Koch. Of related interest, Randal Rauser shared that someone made a movie version of the Chick Tract “Somebody Goofed”… [Read more…]

Inquiry on Religion and Migration

Via Religion in American History: THE CENTER OF THEOLOGICAL INQUIRY CALL FOR APPLICATIONS, 2017-2018 ACADEMIC YEAR INQUIRY ON RELIGION & MIGRATION During the academic year 2017/18, the Center will hold an “Inquiry on Religion & Migration.” The human species has been a migrant one since its evolution out of Africa. In an era of forced [Read More…]

Overestimating Muslim Numbers

An article in The Guardian showed the extent to which Europeans – and Americans – overestimate the percentage of the population of their country who are Muslims. The article also highlights other differences between perception and reality, for instance in relation to the views of others in their country about a variety of controversial topics. Click through [Read More…]

Not Liberal, Just Literate

Hemant Mehta drew attention to an article in the Star Tribune about meteorologist Paul Douglas, who is an Evangelical Christian and wants to persuade his fellow Christians to accept the evidence for climate change. The quote in the meme comes via the article, but is originally from his recent book, Caring for Creation. [Read more…]

Our Divine Double

Harvard Divinity School recorded this discussion of Charles Stang’s book The Divine Double. I have not yet read the book, but the topic is a very interesting one and so I will be doing so in the near future. [Read more…]

The Josephus Problem

The above video was drawn to my attention by a friend. It is nice to know that there are people for whom the “Josephus problem” is not something related to the Testamonium Flavianum or the mention of James the brother of Jesus, but something with real world practical implications. Can you guess what the “Josephus [Read More…]

Course Content Concept Album(s)

To give credit where credit is due, I had this realization while listening to the prog rock concept album Ones and Zeros Vol.1 by 3RDegree. I had been thinking a lot lately, as you know, about intersections between the Bible and music. But it struck me recently that one could do a progressive rock concept [Read More…]

Call for Papers: The Place of Religion in Film

March 30th-April 1st, the University of Syracuse will host a conference on “The Place of Religion in Film,” as part of the Ray Smith Symposium Series. Here’s the full call for papers: The Place of Religion in Film March 30 – April 1, 2017 with plenaries featuring Joaquim Pinto, director, and Nuno Leonel, cinematographer, of [Read More…]