SICCs: A Revolution in Education

Thanks to a friend who is a time traveler, I can share this interesting higher education news report he brought back from 2033: A recent study by education specialists could lead to a radical revolution in universities around the world. A multi-year study of a range of classes has discovered that a new approach, referred [Read More…]

Jihadist Jesus Fake-Out

Bruce Gerencser shared this insightful quote from Brian McLaren’s book Everything Must Change: Jesus, Global Crises, and a Revolution of Hope: This eschatological understanding of a violent Second Coming leads us to believe that in the end, even God finds it impossible to fix the world apart from violence and coercion… If we remain charmed by [Read More…]

Beware of Coyotes in Road Runners’ Clothing

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Electric Prunes – Mass in F minor (1968)

I mentioned the idea of a rock mass recently, and had the above drawn to my attention.   [Read more…]

The Church and Change

David Hayward's blog is now at Patheos, and his latest cartoon is a poignant pun. Getting any kind of “change” in a church can be unrealistic, and may perhaps even sound like a joke. Yet Jesus himself clearly was an agent of change, both individual and social. And so we ought to reflect on the [Read More…]

J. J. Abrams to Reboot Catholicism

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Genesis 3: How It Should Have Ended

Today's Speed Bump. Initially I was going to give the post the title “There's a Snake in my Boots!”   [Read more…]

How to Tell Pseudoscience and Pseudoscholarship from the Real Thing

Geology professor Callan Bentley received an e-mail from the Discovery Institute asking for permission to use a photo of his. He refused, explaining why. He has shared the back and forth between himself and them on his blog (HT P. Z. Myers and Hemant Mehta). The entire thing is worth reading, but I’ll quote the ending [Read More…]

ARAM 2013 Conference on the Mandaeans: The Program So Far

Below are the papers that have already been placed on the program of the ARAM conference on the Mandaeans, which will be held in Oxford in July, including my own. I expect that there will be still more before the program is finalized. If you do research that is related to the Mandaeans, and have [Read More…]

Rock Mass

I found myself wondering recently whether the necessary components for a mass in rock style are available. Below are songs which have the right titles and are not a world away in their themes. But are there other songs, and ones perhaps more suited for this purpose, than the ones below? I wonder what it [Read More…]