The Sun of God?

Jim Davila mentioned an article (behind a paywall) about the depiction of the Sun, apparently as divine, in mosaics in Israel. There are quite a number of such mosaics, and the most common connect the twelve signs of the zodiac with the twelve patriarchs, and have God as the sun in the middle. Here is [Read More…]

Congressman Paul Broun’s Lies from the Pit of Hell

The news has been circulating for several days that congressman Paul Broun described evolution, the big bang theory, and embryology as “lies from the pit of hell.” Here is the video: In terms of initial plausibility, which is more likely: that the vast majority of the world’s scientists (including many Christians among them) who have [Read More…]

Faith, Doubt, Sanity, and Don Quixote

Last week in my class “Faith, Doubt, and Reason” we began discussing Don Quixote, which the students had begun reading not long before. It was something of a puzzle to them what the connection was between the novel and the theme of the class. But the connections are there, and there are many of them. [Read More…]

Undead (Guest Post by Rev. Tom Bartley)

Rev. Tom Bartley reviews the book Undead by Clay Morgan, which in its exploration of zombies and vampires, and the stories of raising the dead to life in the Bible, turns out to be more about life than it is about death. [Read more…]

Jesus, Criteria and the Demise of Authenticity Conference

Some of you may have managed to watch live video of the conference “Jesus, Criteria, and the Demise of Authenticity” over the last two days. And you may read the book. Either way, you may want to take a look at Joel Watts’ and Mark Goodacre’s blogs, since they live-blogged the conference while in attendance, [Read More…]

Spiritual Evolution

  A Facebook friend made the image above and shared it in the Facebook group Celebrating Evolving Creation. What do you think of it? It seems to me to encapsulate nicely the idea emphasized in Karl Giberson's book, Seven Glorious Days, about evolution having reached a stage where it has brought love into existence. But [Read More…]

Who Is Your Savior?

Phil Plait shared several links related to Doctor Who and religion – from this video on the PBS Idea Channel, asking “Is Doctor Who a Religion?”… …to this comic at Home on the Strange about a Whovian responding to a door-to-door evangelist: [Read more…]

Chasing Certainty

Another quote from Fred Clark's blog Slacktivist, turned into a poster by the Facebook group Christians Against the Tea Party.   [Read more…]

Review of Charles E. Gutenson, The Right Church

I responded with eagerness to the invitation to be part of the Patheos Book Club about Charles E. Gutenson’s book The Right Church: Live Like the First Christians. But upon receiving a copy and seeing the subtitle, I began to have doubts – was this going to be yet another of those books that claims [Read More…]

Fundamentalism’s Final Arbiter

I could not find the original source of the quotation, but presume that it is somewhere on Fred Clark's blog Slacktivist.   [Read more…]


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