Jesus, Criteria and the Demise of Authenticity: New Conference Location

The 2012 Conference “Jesus, Criteria and the Demise of Authenticity” will be held October 4th and 5th 2012 in Dayton, Ohio.  The co-hosts are United Theological Seminary and the University of Dayton’s Center for Scriptural Exegesis, Philosophy, and Doctrine. The conference, as many will know, was originally supposed to be held at Lincoln Christian University. Christopher [Read More…]

Religion 2.0

Michael Dowd posted on what he calls the “New Theism” (as well as mentioning other terms). I’m not sure that I find that particular label “New Theism” helpful, since “theism” is often associated with precisely what Dowd rejects, the idea of a personal or anthropomorphic deity. I appreciate his comparison of the movement he is [Read More…]

Please No Explanations Inside the Church

I’ve always enjoyed the ironic double entendre of the large notice at the top of this sign at the Church of All Nations next to the Garden of Gethsemane: Another version of it became something of a meme a while back, and I even blogged about it before having been to the church where it [Read More…]

Doctor Who: Good as Gold

The short Doctor Who mini-episode “Good as Gold” written by British schoolchildren comes at a particularly apt time, as Matt Smith recently carried the Olympic torch in Cardiff! [Read more…]

Learn, Unlearn, Relearn

Alvin Toffler is of course putting in other words the sage advice offered by Yoda a long long time ago, in a galaxy far far away. But as a statement about contemporary education (rather than specifically Jedi training), Toffler is surely right that the pace of advance in knowledge means that anyone who wants to [Read More…]

A Visible Boundary

In my Sunday school class today we talked about Israel and Palestine, as this was my first Sunday in church since my trip. Because the question of distances between places came up, someone in the class looked up Israel on Google Earth. As a result, we all got to see something that one can see [Read More…]

How to Spot the Secret Atheist Handshake

Jim West often has a bee in his bonnet about atheists, but he doesn’t always seem to have actually observed any, and so I thought I would share this to help him out. From The Far Left Side.   [Read more…]

Christianity and Same-Gender Relationships around the Blogosphere

Rachel Held Evans wrote a beautiful post on Huck Finn and the need to listen to our conscience rather than texts at times, even when those texts are considered sacred. Richard Beck concurred. Tony Jones and Bob Cornwall were among those who emphasized that it is not only allowable but important that our views evolve [Read More…]

Happy Super Towel Day!

I got back from my trip to Israel yesterday, just in time for Towel Day, in honor of Douglas Adams. Some are calling this “Super Towel Day” since 5+25+12=42. The trip had a couple of Douglas Adams moments or aspects, such as the fact that one of the books we all read together was A [Read More…]

Jerusalem, Jaffa, and Tel Aviv

We made it through passport control and customs at Tel Aviv airport, in what seems like record time. The early hour of the morning helped. So now I can blog about the day’s events.   We started off at the traditional site of the last supper, in what would have been the upper city of [Read More…]