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…]

How to Make a Liberal Bible Scholar

Today’s “Quote of the Day” comes from Greg Carey: The best way for conservative churches to produce “liberal” biblical scholars is to keep encouraging young people to read the Bible…Reading the Bible is a terrific cure for fundamentalism. That’s exactly how many of us so-called liberal Bible scholars got our start. Those quotes are from [Read More…]

The New Mindset List

The “Mindset List” for freshmen starting college or university this year (2012, and thus set to graduate as the class of 2016) has been posted (HT Inside Higher Ed). That’s the list of things which have always or never been the case for these students, and which those of us significantly older than them may find [Read More…]

Lecture on Genesis 1

I’ve recorded a brief lecture on the creation account in Genesis 1. [Read more…]

Hubert Parry, Symphony No. 2 “Cambridge”

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The Legion of Baptist Superheroes

I’ve long known about (and have mentioned before) the Adherents web site’s catalog of superheroes’ religious affiliation. Today I learned via IO9 that on that web site there are now also graphics depicting the superheroes of a given tradition. Here are the Baptists: I am guessing that some are American Baptist, some are Southern Baptist, [Read More…]

The Problem With Reductionism Illustrated

The cartoon is good just for a chuckle, but I think it also illustrates an important point. Using the methods of analysis appropriate in an underlying domain will not produce useful results if applied without modification or addition to a different, overarching one. Organisms need to be approached differently than particles. Minds need to be [Read More…]

Quotes on Inerrancy

There were several quotes that I wanted to share, all related to inerrancy, and so I decided to collect them all here. I’ll let you decide whether I saved the best for last. First, Fred Clark wrote: The doctrine of “inerrancy” is often referred to as a “high view of scripture.” It is not. It’s [Read More…]


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