Noah: The Motion Picture

For those interested in the Bible as perceived and depicted in popular culture, the motion picture “Noah” that is in the works, starring Russell Crowe as Noah and Anthony Hopkins as Methuselah, is certainly one to keep an eye on. The blog Remnants of Giants mentioned today that the movie will include extracanonical characters such [Read More…]

Human First

Only human beings are or can be Christians. Wouldn’t you agree? Christians are a subset of humans, and being Christian is one way of being human, not something that transforms people into something other than people. Some would say that Christianity is about being human in the way God intended, restoring the damaged image of [Read More…]

Progressive Christians

The above poster offers one definition of progressive Christianity. Is it yours? What do you think of the eight points listed? [Read more…]

Our Limited Human Perspective

A useful warning against the idolatry inherent in elevating our limited perspective to the level of absolute truth. It is disappointing that crusading with absolute confidence that one is right seems to have replaced humility and introspection in many Christian circles. It has happened before, but it is still sad to see it happening again. [Read More…]

Homosexuality and Sin Flow Chart

This came my way on Facebook. While some of it is simplistic, I don't expect otherwise from a flow chart on Facebook. The notion of “civilized society” is also extremely problematic. But even so, it does seem to helpfully draw attention to the assumptions many bring to discussions of this topic. And I wanted to [Read More…]

Cut-and-Paste Bible

Several people shared the above spoof advertisement on Facebook. I know that some conservative Christians will view the above as a jibe at liberals, whom they accuse of picking and choosing. But in my experience, liberals like myself are at least aware of what is in the Bible, warts and all, and for that very [Read More…]

What We’re Learning from Online Education

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Christianity vs. the Forces of Darkness

This letter from a father to his son, which the recipient shared online, has been getting a lot of attention: I was struck by the language used on the blog Unreasonable Faith, which shared the letter and offered some reflections on it. The author suggested that this is a Christian mindset that says “It’s a [Read More…]

From Chicken to Pizza: Papa John’s, Obamacare, and the Intelligent Consumer

I admit I was astonished by the blatant self-interest and attempt at manipulation of consumers that John Schnatter, CEO of Papa John’s Pizza, offered recently, saying that he would pass on the cost of Obamacare to consumers in the form of pizza costing at least $.10 and perhaps as much as $.20 more. This is [Read More…]

Maurice Casey responds to Thomas Thompson

James Tabor wrongly refers to an “all-out war among the experts” regarding the question “Did Jesus exist?” At present, the only person who can be considered an expert in New Testament in any sense, and who has disputed the existence of a historical Jesus in academic publications, is Robert M. Price. He teaches at an [Read More…]


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