Cast out of the Synagogue/USA: History, Rhetoric, and Reality

I participated in a fascinating conversation about the Gospel of John as a group of us who had attended the “John the Jew” Enoch Seminar coped with a train strike in Italy. The conversation was about the references in the Gospel of John to being expelled from the synagogue. Since there was no¬†universally-accepted authority that [Read More…]

Highways to the Center of Reality

I don't always agree with N. T. Wright, but on this he seems to me to be spot on. There have been lots of debates about whether there are “other ways of knowing” besides the sciences. For me, the arts are clues that we do other things with reality besides know, and an indication that [Read More…]

Descartes’ Demon

Another great¬†treatment of philosophy of religion from Existential Comics. [Read more…]

A Personal Relationship With Reality

Someone I am connected with on Facebook shared this recently: When I saw the image, I at once had two reactions. The first was to think, yes, of course, the idea that one is the focus of the universe and everything revolves around you is a problematic one, which has more to do with modern [Read More…]

Can You Lose a Faith You Never Had?

I find myself wondering how many people who defend their “faith,” and how many who say they have lost their “faith,” actually have or had faith. Let me immediately clarify that I am not referring here to the offensive and foolish suggestion sometimes made by some Christians that, if someone becomes an atheist, they must [Read More…]

Religion 2.0

Michael Dowd posted on what he calls the “New Theism” (as well as mentioning other terms). I’m not sure that I find that particular label “New Theism” helpful, since “theism” is often associated with precisely what Dowd rejects, the idea of a personal or anthropomorphic deity. I appreciate his comparison of the movement he is [Read More…]

Evangelical Evolutionary Religious Naturalism

Michael Dowd has a blog post that reworks some fundamental tenets of Evangelicalism to be more in keeping with his own naturalistic and evolutionary faith. The whole thing is worth reading (and so I encourage you to click through to read it), but here are the key elements of his transformed creed: Reality is my [Read More…]

Neo Tebowing

Neo tebowing after shooting his way past 316 guards. After realizing that there is no football, and throwing a ball 316 yards in a single throw, such feats seemed surprisingly easy. (Thanks to Brad Matthies for the picture!) [Read more…]

Real vs. Movie Archaeology

This image comparing real life archaeology with Indiana Jones “archaeology” appeared today on the American School of Oriental Research blog: [Read more…]

Loving Ultimate Reality

“NT Wrong” offered an interesting response to my post about God, projection and our values. Although the points made there are important, I think that it is indeed possible to love a God who is infinite and ineffable. Scientists who love reality and love discovering even a tiny fraction more about reality are doing much [Read More…]


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