John Cage on the Purpose of Music

A few days ago I had the privilege of listening to a lunchtime talk with snippets of performance by my colleague Kate Boyd, who worked on and performed John Cage's Sonatas and Interludes for Prepared Piano during her recent sabbatical. John Cage, I learned, had his thinking about the purpose of music transformed by a [Read More…]

Possibly the Most Interesting Pact With the Devil

Rick Perry has apparently made some bizarrely critical comments about the separation of church and state. That separation is the separation that the forerunners of modern Evangelicals, including the Baptists in particular, struggled for and advocated. It is the one that is surely responsible for the fact that religion is a vibrant part of American [Read More…]

The Right to Not Be Offended?

Ismail Mohamed, a religious scholar and former an imam, is quoted in today's New York Times as saying, “We don’t think that depictions of the prophets are freedom of expression. We think it is an offense against our rights.” I don't think anyone has the right to never be offended. Indeed, I think the claim [Read More…]

Jesus and Spock

Eruesso shared this tattoo of Spock depicted in imagery typically associated with Jesus: He said he’ll leave it to me to decipher it (presumably not the text, which is “Live Long and Prosper” in Spanish, but the significance of the whole thing). If he expects me to explain why someone would etch this permanently onto [Read More…]

A. David Lewis reviews Religion and Science Fiction

The Technorati site has a review of the book I edited, Religion and Science Fiction, written by Dr. Aaron David Lewis. He describes it as the John the Baptist to work still to be done. Click through and read the review to find out why. [Read more…]

A Whovian Prayer

I saw this on Facebook, and thought I’d share it here, even though I don’t really like it – for reasons I’ll comment on below. Why am I not delighted? It isn’t because I object in principle to science fiction doing potentially irreverent things with religious material – after all, I previously shared these. It [Read More…]

Faith Meets TARDIS

I have shared on my blog more than once a challenge that I was given a while ago, or better, a thought experiment I was encouraged to carry out, namely, to ask myself “What would it take to make you lose your faith?” For the purpose of this scenario, I was allowed to have a time and [Read More…]

The Gamification of Online Discourse about Religion

One doesn’t have to spend much time online, whether on a blog like this one o ever more so a site like Reddit, to experience what I am talking about. There seem to be more people than ever before who treat their interactions with other people, things that might well have been conversations had this [Read More…]

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…]


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