The Distinctive Characteristic of Liberal Christians?

A recent comment got me thinking about what it means to be a progressive or liberal Christian, and in what ways it is fundamentally different than being a conservative. I am not sure whether there is in fact more or less diversity among liberals than conservatives as far as beliefs and practices – I would [Read More…]

Doctor Who Returns September 1st (and Pond Life Debuts Even Sooner)

Here’s a new trailer released today for the upcoming season of Doctor Who, which will begin to air on September 1st. And even sooner we’ll have Pond Life, webisodes about Amy and Rory when not traveling with the Doctor. That premieres online on August 27th on the BBC Doctor Who web site. [Read more…]

Do Young-Earth Creationists Deny that God Spoke Creation into Existence, or Creation out of Nothing?

It illustrates the selective literalism of young-earth creationists, that they never seem to realize the ludicrous conclusions they end up drawing could be outdone by still more bizarre ones if they were consistent in their literalism. As an example, consider the repeated references in Genesis 1 to God speaking. For speech – literal speech – [Read More…]

It’s Pretty Much Definite: Jesus was Descended from David

I am grateful to Gavin of the blog Otagosh for pointing out the genealogical gem that BBC News recently shared. Jesus almost certainly was descended from David – because it is likely that everyone among the Jews in his time was descended from David. Read the article for the genealogical logic behind this statement. Of course, [Read More…]

Exploring Our…

In the first meeting of my “Religion and Science” class, I had a slide with a Matrix connection, and I asked whether that was still meaningful. It was, but I wonder how long it will be before “Exploring Our Matrix” only means “Exploring Our Setting/Context” and does not have science fiction overtones as well. If [Read More…]

An Alarming Incident

My first class of the semester, a core curriculum “Texts and Ideas” course on the Bible, was set to begin in about five minutes. Then the fire alarm went off. We got the all clear some fifteen minutes later. Class went OK even so, but was slightly rushed. I am guessing that it was a [Read More…]

Inspiring Music for the First Day of Classes: Ture Rangström’s Symphony No.2 in D minor, “Mitt land” (1919)

Ture Rangström, Symphony No.2 in D minor, “Mitt land” (1919) [Read more…]

Classes Begin

Classes begin today at Butler University. This semester I am teaching two core curriculum courses, one on the Bible and the other a freshman seminar on faith, doubt, and reason. My third course is an upper-level course on religion and science. If you teach, what are you teaching this semester? If you are a student, [Read More…]

Solving the Annoying Flashing Input Menu on Insignia Televisions

My blog is usually about other things, but I have occasionally been able to offer useful technical advice. My solution to the problem of experiencing a black screen after login on Windows Vista remains one of the most viewed entries of all time on this blog. (My post on the most effective squirrel baffle of [Read More…]

Kurt Atterberg, Symphony No.2

Another recording of my favorite piece of music has appeared on YouTube, Kurt Atterberg’s Second Symphony. The opening and closing sections of the second movement take my breath away. [Read more…]


CLOSE | X

HIDE | X