Divine Author and Intelligent Designer of Killing Machines?

Steve Douglas has a post on the idea of God as author of Scripture which combined insight with a way of putting things that is simply delightful. Here’s a taste: To put it bluntly, I am no longer of the opinion that Scripture is layered with a special coating of “what God meant” sauce; neither [Read More…]

Is the Puddle Half Smart or Half Stupid?

Two posts commenting on the same image with a quote from Douglas Adams from very different perspectives seemed worth sharing and commenting on in turn. First, here’s the image: On the one hand, the point about apparent fine-tuning (emphasized at Open Parachute) is a good one. Regarding the universe’s suitability to the existence of ourselves [Read More…]

Ferengi Religion

SF Signal shared this video, featuring all the (known) Rules of Acquisition of the Ferengi, in order: Feel free to speculate on what the (as yet) unknown Rules of Acquisition might be…   [Read more…]

April Fool’s Biblical Studies Carnival

Jonathan Robinson has posted a very entertaining Biblical Studies Carnival. In the process he noted that 85% of Biblical Studies graduates cannot spot what is wrong with this picture: The reason, of course, is that 85% of Biblical studies graduates are too young to recognize any of the characters in the picture… Click through to [Read More…]

Teach the Other Controversy

This is not poking fun at beliefs about creation – we all get to a point where we either posit something that simply is, or say something not all that different from “It’s turtles all the way down.” But those who advocate “teaching the controversy” or “teaching both sides” rarely actually want that to happen. [Read More…]

Teach the Controversy

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Happy International Jazz Day!

Happy International Jazz Day! To mark the occasion, here are two pieces that were performed at the Metropolitan Youth Orchestra Jazz and Jam Concert at the Hilbert Circle Theater last night. The first is “Merry Go Round” by the special guests who performed with the MYO, The Icarus Ensemble: The second is Malaguena by Ernesto [Read More…]

Should Christianity be about Believing the Unbelievable or Doing the Unbelievable?

A post by Jim Burklo seems to me to pose a key question about what Christianity is, what it can be, and what it should be. Here is the question in a nutshell: Should Christianity be about believing that which is unbelievable – accepting claims about miracles and the supernatural, for instance – or about [Read More…]

Antiultracrepidarians vs. Deliberatefraudists: Smackdown in the Blogosphere

Jim West posted the following definition in a post in which he defined himself as an anti-ultracrepidarian: ul·tra·crep·i·dar·i·an [uhl-truh-krep-i-dair-ee-uhn] adjective 1. noting or pertaining to a person who criticizes, judges, or gives advice outside the area of his or her expertise: The play provides a classic, simplistic portrayal of an ultracrepidarian mother-in-law. Origin: 1800–20; ultra- [Read More…]

Mythicism and other Bunk around the Blogosphere

Thom Stark blogged about Neil Godfrey’s reading comprehension (or lack thereof). In other news, Neil Godfrey complains that Bart Ehrman had trouble keeping track of which mythicists wrote which nonsense where. Richard Carrier criticized Bart Ehrman of using rhetoric instead of argument (among other things), seemingly unaware of the irony. Tom Verenna unsurprisingly but disappointingly [Read More…]