How We Know The Earth Is Not Flat

This was an argument that I had not heard before. Any suggestions on how to weave it together with the Egyptian theology that viewed cats as divine? [Read more…]

RIP John Glenn

I just heard the news that astronaut John Glenn has passed away. I will always consider it a great honor that something I wrote appeared alongside an interview with Glenn in a volume exploring the intersection of religion and spaceflight, Touching the Face of the Cosmos. For those interested in that volume’s subject matter, Space.com [Read More…]

What is the Genesis of this Image?

I’ve been asked about the original source of the image above, illustrating how people in the Ancient Near East viewed the cosmos. It is an image that I shared on my blog in the past. Do any blog readers know what the original source of the image it? If so, please leave a comment. Thank [Read More…]

The Importance of Theology and Science Fiction

This round-up of posts began when W. David O. Taylor shared his syllabus for an independent study about theology and science fiction. My own thoughts are turning to this very intersection of subjects, as one of my sabbatical projects is a short volume on theology and sci-fi. Then, Russell McCutcheon blogged about the AAR draft statement [Read More…]

Reboot Needed

This is actually how the flood story is depicted in the Bible. There is a watery chaos in the beginning, and God causes the waters to pool in one place so that dry land appears. The flood sees this process reversed and then repeated. And so it is a reboot of sorts, although (to extend the [Read More…]

The Songs of Distant Earth Day

I thought I would wish everyone a happy Earth Day. The music in the video above is by Mike Oldfield, whose album The Songs of Distant Earth is taken from a novel by Arthur C. Clarke. Science fiction plays a particularly useful role in getting us to think about the environment, as it makes us [Read More…]

Insecure Earth

Via Mike Matola on Twitter   [Read more…]

Rotating Earth vs. Biblical Literalism

This is what Ken Ham and other young-earth creationists would stand for if they were at least trying to be consistent Biblical literalists. This is not a parody, it is a genuine argument for the flat and fixed Earth viewpoint. To any young-earth creationist reading this, I would like to know whether or not you accept [Read More…]

Revelation 7: The Seal of God, the Earth’s Corners, and Tribal Errors

This past Sunday in my Sunday school class, we talked about Revelation chapter 7. Given my sense of humor, you won’t be surprised that I mentioned that Revelation 7:2 doesn’t mean this: We also talked about how the chapter illustrates problems with both literalism and inerrancy. With literalism, not just because someone reading in English [Read More…]

How We Know The Earth Is Very Old

The folks at BioLogos shared this infographic which some might find it useful to share with friends and family who don’t get why and how scientists conclude that the earth is so very old: Also at BioLogos, there is an article by Deborah Haarsma on the age of the Earth, plus an announcement that BioLogos [Read More…]