Classes Start

Today is the first day of classes in the new semester at Butler University. I’m teaching my course on the Bible, an upper-level course on the Gospel of John, and the second semester of my freshman core curriculum course on Faith, Doubt, and Reason. If you teach or are a student, what classes are on [Read More…]

C3PO Visits Canterbury Cathedral

Via Episcopal Memes on Facebook   [Read more…]

Conservative Christians: Persecutors not Persecuted

It is interesting to see what else has appeared in the blogosphere since I posted about conservative Christians' persecution complex this morning. Christopher Skinner shared the news today that Cedarville University is now apparently trying to rid itself of its philosophers, having successfully ousted Michael Pahl, much as other institutions recently did in the cases [Read More…]

Christians and Persecution, Then and Now

I find it both sad and laughable at the same time that both Protestants and Catholics are claiming that they are being persecuted when their views are no longer taken for granted by others, or they are not given access to a particular platform to promote their views. Having recently completed a study of the [Read More…]

The Dalek Lama

Doctor Who, religion, and a bad pun. I couldn't not share it!   [Read more…]

The Exciting World of Churchgoing

I think the takeaway message of the above cartoon by Dave Walker is this: Churches regularly hold special events for the purpose of having something interesting and enjoyable to invite someone to who does not attend the church. The subtle message is that what church is normally like is uninteresting and unenjoyable. Now, having been [Read More…]

The Sinister Tentacles of Young-Earth Creationism

This cartoon from Answers in Genesis, shared on Facebook by Ken Ham and drawn to my attention by a friend, gets things precisely backwards in an important sense.   While it is true that what one thinks and considers outside of church will impact what happens inside it, that is neither surprising nor to be [Read More…]

Gods Aspiring to be Human, Humans Aspiring to be Gods

This post will focus more on Fringe than Doctor Who or Sherlock Holmes, but this quote that came to my attention is relevant to a key element in the show. The original words of the quote in their exact form are: Sherlock Holmes is a human being who aspires to be a god and the [Read More…]

Requiem, by Oskar Lindberg

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My Course on How to Use the Internet

The new semester at Butler University begins on Monday. My course on the Bible is at the same time a course on how to use the internet. The need for training in such skills is illustrated well by this image that has been circulating on Facebook: Whether or not to take advantage of the accessibility [Read More…]