Quote of the Day (Damien and John Keown)

The religions of the world are becoming increasingly aware that what unites them in ethics is greater than what divides them in theology. — Damien Keown and John Keown, “Killing, karma and caring: euthanasia in Buddhism and Christianity” in the Journal of Medical Ethics 21 (1995) 265. [Read more…]

#sblaar Religion and Science Fiction at 40% Off!

If you are at the conference and are interested in the intersection of religion and science fiction, don't miss the opportunity to purchase Religion and Science Fiction at a 40% discount off the usual price! Just visit the Wipf and Stock display, where it is easily spotted!   [Read more…]

Does Life Begin at Creation?

“Life begins at conception” is a common phrase to encounter in discussions of abortion and related issues. Despite what those with short memories may genuinely believe, the issue of abortion and the view that it is murder have not been the views of most Evangelical Protestants for all that long (as we’ve been reminded recently [Read More…]

St. Yoda

I've shared Star Wars and other science fictional religious iconography before, but I think this is the first actual stained-glass window I've seen that depicts Yoda. For the best of the Disney-Star Wars mash-ups, check out IO9's collection, and also a completely different but equally impressive set from Good Comics.   [Read more…]

#SBLAAR 2012 Gathering of Bibliobloggers and Other Religion Bloggers: Sunday November 18th at 7pm

The votes are in, the election ended, and the bibliobloggers have spoken! The gathering of bibliobloggers – and I am going to once again invite any theobloggers and other bloggers about religion as well – will be Sunday, November 18th, at 7pm at Kitty O’Shea’s, an Irish pub located at the Hilton in Chicago. The [Read More…]

The End of the Happy Middle Ground?

Jerry Coyne shared this Non Sequitur cartoon from today’s paper, saying that it dispels the fallacy that religious believers all worship the same god: The view that religious believers in different religious traditions worship the same deity is itself a particular religious viewpoint. It does not deny that many, perhaps the majority, in a large number [Read More…]

Crazy Beliefs

Almost everyone finds the religious, political, and economic views of others “crazy,” and often the feeling is mutual! This post looks at how religious, political and economic types of “faith” resemble one another – for better or worse. [Read more…]

Talking about Einstein’s God

About a week and a half ago, I did an interview with WIBC news radio on the subject of the letter that was up for auction on eBay, in which Albert Einstein commented candidly about his religious beliefs – including some statements that were rather negative about the Bible and Judaism, which was his own [Read More…]

The Dawkins Scale

The blog Unreasonable Faith asked where readers are on the Dawkins Scale (the image describing the scale is from a post on the blog Deity Schmeity): I just finished teaching a class on the first half of David Hume’s Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion, and one of the things I mentioned as a nice feature of that [Read More…]

Sts. Leia and Luke, Shmi and Anakin

IO9 has another set of Star Wars religious iconography, of which the above is but one example. Click through to see more. And despite what you’ll read there, Jar Jar Binks is not included in the ranks of sainthood – no halo! Here, see for yourself: [Read more…]