The God of the Bible and the Genome

I came across this quote from Francis Collins on Reddit: I am sharing it because I thought it might lead to some interesting discussion. On the one hand, Collins’ perspective is an important and helpful one, since it illustrates that it is possible for people of faith to embrace mainstream science. And yet I don’t [Read More…]

“Jesus Taught Generosity and Charity, Not Government Assistance”

I've heard this claim a lot lately, and it seems to me bizarre, particularly when it focuses on an example like the Good Samaritan. A friend actually told me recently that the Good Samaritan didn't rely on the government to take care of the man, appealing to that as if it were an argument against [Read More…]

Jesus’ Advice for Internet Users

         I created a couple of images to help me make my point about fact-checking information found on the internet – making the point both by what is said, and by the fact that Jesus didn’t say these things, as one will know if one fact-checks the quotes! Feel free to share and [Read More…]

Bible-Related Nonsense

img class=”alignleft” src=”http://i.ytimg.com/vi/COeqlKXvgN4/0.jpg” alt=”” width=”202″ height=”151″ />I focus on information literacy skills in my course on the Bible – i.e. the ability to identify and utilize reliable sources of information amid the wide array of sources of varying degrees of reliability – and ridiculousness – that abound on the internet. And so I asked them [Read More…]

Doctor Who: The Greatest Show in the Galaxy

Those who are not fans of Doctor Who will read the title of this post and think that I am going overboard in my praise of the show. Fans will know that I am in fact referring to the episode from the Sylvester McCoy era of the show, the final episode of his penultimate season, [Read More…]

Bad Pun of the Day

At least they spelled his name correctly as “Pilate.” I regularly have students write “Pilot” or “Pontius Pilot.” From here [Read more…]

Mined Quote from James Barr

There’s a quote, attributed to James Barr, which is popular among young-earth creationists. Here is the quote: Probably, so far as I know, there is no professor of Hebrew or Old Testament at any world-class university who does not believe that the writer(s) of Genesis 1–11 intended to convey to their readers the ideas that: [Read More…]

Same Old Question

I found the image at Political Graffiti. It seems to me that there is a more serious parallel that one can draw between Christian discipleship and education in general. Traditionally, Christianity has been characterized by the vast majority of its devotees thinking in this term, so that even its teachers have ended up “teaching to the [Read More…]

Doctor Who: The Masters of Luxor

A friend drew to my attention a piece of Doctor Who history which will soon be released as an audiobook. Masters of Luxor (Doctor Who Lost Stories 3.7) was originally intended to be the second story in the serial, but it was never made, being replaced by The Daleks. And while the Daleks helped turn Doctor [Read More…]

The Distinctive Characteristic of Liberal Christians?

A recent comment got me thinking about what it means to be a progressive or liberal Christian, and in what ways it is fundamentally different than being a conservative. I am not sure whether there is in fact more or less diversity among liberals than conservatives as far as beliefs and practices – I would [Read More…]