Online Sources in the Classroom

In my current teaching, I focus increasing amounts of attention on the discerning use of online sources of information. People no longer rack their brains to recall facts learned in school. They will pull out a device and look up what they want to know. And so, while some factual information is crucial in order [Read More…]

17 Minutes and 36 Seconds of Living Biblically

Here’s a link to A. J. Jacobs giving a TED talk which lasts for roughly 17 minutes, talking about his projects, focusing in particular on his book The Year of Living Biblically: One Man’s Humble Quest to Follow the Bible as Literally as Possible  (HT Nijay Gupta) [Read more…]

Blogging BibleWorks 9: Introduction

I am grateful to have been given the opportunity to do a blog review of the most recent version of the famous BibleWorks software, BibleWorks 9. This post will offer just a few introductory remarks about the initial experience of installation and first impressions. I will then go on to blog about specific features and [Read More…]

Differentiating Between Debate and Denial

IO9 (in an article entitled “How to distinguish crap denialism from legitimate scientific debate”) linked to an article on the NIH website by Wendee Holtcamp, with the title “Flavors of Uncertainty: The Difference between Denial and Debate.” Both focus on the challenge the media and the general public faces in our day and age, when (to quote [Read More…]

All Worldviews Have Holes

First, a quote, and then some reflections on it: Sincere seekers are often painfully aware of holes in their current philosophies — and every worldview that pretends to answer every important question does indeed have holes somewhere because it’s overreaching. So a worldview that seems to fill the irritating holes in a previously held philosophy [Read More…]

Competing Denialisms

Steve Douglas drew my attention to the above comic from SMBC. As someone who deals both with denialists who attack mainstream science, and denialists who attack mainstream history, I don’t know that I think one is worse than the other. And since both evolutionary biology and ancient history deal largely with theories that make sense [Read More…]

Calling Young-Earth Creationism Demonic

It seems that I am not alone in drawing the conclusion that young-earth creationism is better labeled “demonic” than “Christian.” Blogger Rebecca Trotter left a comment on my blog, indicating that an encounter with the Institute for Creation Research led her to draw that conclusion. In the blog post describing what happened, she also shared [Read More…]

In which Jim West and I do the horizontal biblioblog thing

As I meant to mention some days ago, but apparently neglected to actually post, Jim West has responded not once but twice to my post expressing my lack of understanding of his outlook. In one of them, he says that he is OK with not being understood by me, since Bultmann wasn’t understood by Barth. [Read More…]

A Substantive Post About God

Tony Jones offered a much-needed challenge to progressive theobloggers. We liberals and progressives often spend more time indicating what we don’t think about God (or Jesus, or Christianity, or whatever else) than what we do think, and this is probably more true when it comes to God than in any other case. There is a theological precedent for [Read More…]

Quote of the Day (Francis Beckwith)

At some point you have to stop blaming the liberal establishment for all the crappy stuff that dominates popular Christianity. When Ken Ham is your scientist, David Barton is your historian, and Bill Gothard is your pastor of spiritual formation the problem isn’t the liberal academic establishment, it’s you. Francis Beckwith, in a comment at [Read More…]