Fishing and Critical Thinking

  This graphic, with its variation on the old “give someone a fish” saying, has been making the rounds on Facebook. It gets at a key aspect of liberal arts education, one that is endangered by those voices that suggest that students need little more than training in job skills. Learning how to pursue a [Read More…]

Be Not Deceived

I think that everyone can agree that some people are deceived, right? Can everyone agree that some things that have been written and published reflect unconscious biases and even deliberate distortion? Can everyone agree that some people have been exposed primarily to propaganda, and have mistaken the contents of that propaganda for truth? If we [Read More…]

Let’s Get Critical

Henry Neufeld writes: We tend to defend the things we believe. We even tend to defend the things we want to believe. But if we are going to claim to be critical—and I think that’s a good thing to be—then we need to be critical all the time. That will mean that many of the theories [Read More…]

Willing to Learn?

The heart of the matter, when it comes to evolution and young-earth creationism, is this: If you think that young-earth creationism offers cogent and insightful criticisms of mainstream science, then you do not know enough about science to evaluate things that you hear. If that is your situation, then I would encourage you to learn [Read More…]

Mysteries Do Not Invalidate Knowledge

A key point I emphasize in my classes is that, just because a range of views about a topic may be held by experts, that does not mean that all views are compatible with the evidence. Nor is it the case that, just because we are uncertain about the answers to some questions, everything is uncertain. [Read More…]

Questions vs. Assertions

David Hayward’s cartoon above gets it exactly right. Confident assertions often weigh us down and tie us to ways of thinking that often are not as well founded as we initially assumed. Questions raise us up to discover new things that we could never have if we refused to ask them. Even if the questioning [Read More…]

Is Religious Studies a Useless Degree?

Scot McKnight shared a link to a Yahoo! News item which listed five “useless” and five supposedly better alternative degrees. The data behind the story seems to be bogus. A quick glance at online surveys of alumni indicates that the matter is, at least, more complex. One survey indicates more business majors unemployed than religion [Read More…]

Jesus Wants You…

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Stuff Mythicists Say: “Q Was Real, Jesus Wasn’t”

Mythicists say a lot of ludicrous things, and perhaps it would be useful to highlight some of the more astonishing and laughable ones from time to time. Mythicists like Earl Doherty will accept the existence of Q – a hypothetical source the existence of which is deduced from the common material shared between Matthew and [Read More…]

Don’t Believe Everything You Read On The Internet

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