Ancient and Modern Interaction with Outsiders

Biblical Studies Online shared a number of videos from a conference about insiders, outsiders, and religious identity past and present. Below are a couple that will be especially interesting to those who share my research focuses. But click through and explore the rest. See also the RBL review of a book on Israelite identity and [Read More…]

Science and Religion: Clash of Worldviews?

The above lecture by Mark Harris, given at the Faraday Institute in Cambridge, came to my attention recently. [Read more…]

Perfect Battle for Bigots

The quote comes from George Zebrowski’s introduction to the volume Strange Gods edited by Roger Elwood. I was fortunate enough to happen across a copy in a second-hand bookstore recently, and snatched it up. Zebrowski’s statement published in 1974 seems no less true today. My first encounter with Zebrowski’s writing was when I was young [Read More…]

Demonization is Dangerous

Here is a larger excerpt from the online article that the above quote comes from: The demonization of the Other is dangerous first and foremost for us. It endangers our humanity; it instills us with fear of the unknown. After all, they are different from us, they operate according to different and unfamiliar codes. This [Read More…]

Nonviolent Conflict Resolution in Israel and Palestine

The above video is of a discussion that took place at Harvard Divinity School, on the topic of peacemaking and non-violent conflict resolution in Israel and Palestine. [Read more…]

Prometheus’ Sin

There is a sample chapter from P. Z. Myers’ book The Happy Atheist on the Random House website. The chapter’s title is “Prometheus’ Sin,” and it opens with these words: Why are science and religion in conflict? Because changing ideas and new knowledge are sacrilegious. The the dichotomy that is Myers’ premise, as it is explored [Read More…]

Nuance Needed

Jason Rosenhouse posted on the series Cosmos and some reactions to it. In it, he complains about what he calls “the script,” an emphasis that the conflict model of the view of the relationship between religion and science is not the only or even the predominant one, historically speaking. He writes: “Prior to reading any [Read More…]

Fighting About vs. Fighting For

Jonathan Robinson wrote: “The fights over should be minimised so that the fights for can be maximised.” You can click through to read the context.   [Read more…]

Religion and Suicide Bombing

The blog Friendly Atheist (sparked by an article by Sam Harris) recently discussed the Pew Forum statistic concerning the number of Muslims who say that suicide bombing is never justified. There are lots of different ways that one could take this. One thing that is noteworthy is how different the answers are depending on the location [Read More…]

Imagine No Religion

From The Far Left Side. HT Hemant Mehta. I think this cartoon makes two important points. One is that human beings are perfectly capable of fighting over things other than religion, and so blaming human conflict on religion is probably a mistake. The other is that those of us who want to see less violence [Read More…]


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