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…]

I Don’t Understand Jim West

There are plenty of things that I do understand about Jim West. He has no feelings – I know this because after I made a jibe at him, he told me himself, “If I had feelings they’d be hurt.” And so really what I’m saying is that I understand that he has a sharp wit, [Read More…]

Review of Richard C. Carrier, Proving History

I am delighted to have been given the opportunity to review Richard Carrier’s latest book, Proving History: Bayes’s Theorem and the Quest for the Historical Jesus. I am grateful to Prometheus Books for sending me a free review copy. Carrier emphasizes from the outset that this is the first of two books, the second of [Read More…]

Approaching Scripture as Jesus Did

Morgan Guyton has an excellent post on what should be the Christian approach to Scripture, namely approaching it as Jesus himself approached it. And so he takes Jesus’ Sabbath healing, and his principle that “the Sabbath was made for human beings, and not human beings for the Sabbath” as a criterion by which to evaluate [Read More…]

Even Fred Phelps is not Completely Useless

From the post “Fred Phelps: Why it is not possible to believe that you ate Chick-fil-A because of ‘freedom of speech’” on the blog Slacktivist. Poster courtesy of “Christians Against the Tea Party” on Facebook. [Read more…]

Power

Power has been restored! I express gratitude on behalf of my family and my neighborhood to the hard-working folks from the Indianapolis Power and Light Company and other contractors they brought in. Here is a song in honor of the occasion: Blogging will be back to normal soon. [Read more…]

Excuse of the Day

While my excuse for most things today will be the fact that I am still without electricity at home, most of the rest of the world has an even better excuse they can use, as illustrated in this comic from XKCD: HT Jerry Coyne   [Read more…]


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