Big Theological Questions that Science Fiction Should Answer

Over at IO9, Charlie Jane Anders has posted an article with the title “Big Theological Questions That Science Fiction Should Answer.” I was one of several people she interviewed for the article, and I get quoted at length. Others include Robert Geraci and Eriberto Lozada, who contributed to the volume I edited, Religion and Science [Read More…]

Bias and Bayes’ Theorem in History

Regular commenter Ian has posted two more entries on his blog which relate to the use of Bayes’ Theorem in assessing historical probability, in response to Richard Carrier’s advocacy of the use of Bayesian reasoning. One is entitled “Error in Bayes’ Theorem” and the other “Say What I Want To Hear!“ [Read more…]

The Last Laugh – and the Power of Blogging

Anthony Le Donne offers a confession on his blog. He used to view blogging dismissively. Not any more. Most readers will know that Anthony was fired from Lincoln Christian University because someone complained about his views. The latest development is that some of Anthony’s former co-workers brought the blogging by scholars and other interested parties [Read More…]

Bibliobloggers’ Gathering at SBL: Only Two Questions Remain Unanswered

Of the classic questions that every reporter is taught to ask, only two remain to be answered about this year’s bibliobloggers’ gathering: when and where. Since people have sometimes struggled to be available for dinner at SBL, perhaps this year we should make it a gathering for drinks, somewhere that people can eat, but don’t necessarily have to? [Read More…]

What “Most Christians” Think

My last post included a slide that mentions “most Christians.” And so I thought I should offer a follow-up post, acknowledging that it is almost impossible to figure out what with precision what “most Christians” think, believe, and practice, without actually asking most Christians – and even then, we would still be unable to answer [Read More…]

Religion and Science: The Bigger Picture

The blog of the British Center for Science Education shared slides from a recent talk which make a really important point about the way young-earth creationists want people to think about evolution, and a different and arguably more accurate perspective. Here is how young-earth creationists (and some atheists) try to depict the situation: Here is a [Read More…]

Jedi Jesus and Jedi for Jesus

I recently shared a photo of a display outside a church, as an example of how not to evangelize Jedi. But that doesn’t mean that there aren’t ways for Christians to connect to Jedi and the wider Star Wars crowd. Around the web, I discovered today, there are a surprisingly large of depictions of “Jedi Jesus” [Read More…]

Conference on Religion and Technology

Vadim Putzu drew to my attention this conference at Franklin & Marshall College: Conference on Religion & Technology Sponsored by the Department of Religious Studies Saturday, October 27, 2012 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Space: Bonchek Lecture Hall Building: Ann & Richard Barshinger Life Sciences & Philosophy Building The Internet has given rise to much religious imagery.  Both [Read More…]

Jesus’ Wife: Internet Plagiarist?

The “Gospel of Jesus’ Wife” has not been getting as much attention in the media or on blogs the past few days. Today it seems likely that that will change. As Mark Goodacre pointed out on his blog, Andrew Bernhard has posted an article with a tentative suggestion about the composition of the “Gospel of [Read More…]

St. John of Arrakis?

Jeff Carter made and shared the image below, which he gave the title “The Sandworms did not appreciate John the Baptizer.” Squarely at the intersection of religion and science fiction – but of course, Dune already was… Thoughts?   [Read more…]