Doctor Who: The Greatest Show in the Galaxy

Those who are not fans of Doctor Who will read the title of this post and think that I am going overboard in my praise of the show. Fans will know that I am in fact referring to the episode from the Sylvester McCoy era of the show, the final episode of his penultimate season, [Read More…]

Classes Begin

Classes begin today at Butler University. This semester I am teaching two core curriculum courses, one on the Bible and the other a freshman seminar on faith, doubt, and reason. My third course is an upper-level course on religion and science. If you teach, what are you teaching this semester? If you are a student, [Read More…]

A Substantive Post About God

Tony Jones offered a much-needed challenge to progressive theobloggers. We liberals and progressives often spend more time indicating what we don’t think about God (or Jesus, or Christianity, or whatever else) than what we do think, and this is probably more true when it comes to God than in any other case. There is a theological precedent for [Read More…]

Doctor Who: The Mind of Evil

This Doctor Who episode from the Jon Pertwee era, “The Mind of Evil,” offers interesting explorations of religious themes, as well as some intriguing connections with (or perhaps disconnects from) more recent episodes. The Doctor and Jo Grant go to see a demonstration at a prison of a device called the Keller Machine, which supposedly [Read More…]

Class on the Psalms and Hebrew Poetry

I will be working through some screen and audio captures I made during my class on the Bible a while back, looking to see whether some or all of it may be useful when I teach a version of that course online next summer, as well as perhaps for students taking the course during the [Read More…]

Review of Sacred Space by Douglas E. Cowan

I am grateful to Baylor University Press for sending me a free review copy of Douglas E. Cowan’s magnificent book, Sacred Space: The Quest for Transcendence in Science Fiction Film and Television. I cannot believe how long it has taken me to get around to reviewing it. But there is a good reason. This is [Read More…]

Religion, Reform, and Retention

On Facebook, Karl Giberson shared a link to a blog post with statistics about retention in religious and areligious groups, i.e. their effectiveness in passing on their worldview and communal identity to their children. Here is the relevant chart: There is a lot that is interesting and potentially worth talking about. I suspect that for [Read More…]

Manger in the Workplace

It isn't even Christmas, yet I just came across a photo of a manger on display in a workplace (at The Mills River Progressive). I think this is a manger that Christians, atheists, and everyone else will agree that it was appropriate to display in a workplace in this way…   Posted with Blogsy [Read more…]

The Butler University Israel Trip May 2012: The Motion Picture

One of the students on the Israel trip has made a series of videos about the trip – one for each day we were there. They are nicely edited, with a mixture of regional and other more familiar music for the soundtrack during sections with scenery and locations. I think you’ll enjoy them! If you [Read More…]

Who Thinks Professors are Unfriendly towards Religion?

Some people do in just about every category imaginable. But in only two categories in a recent survey (and those categories overlap to a degree that continues to bewilder me) did a majority think that professors are unfriendly towards religion. Can you guess which ones before checking the chart below (which was shared by Jerry [Read More…]


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