October 24, 2007

A couple of other blogs I read regularly have mentioned some of the surprising keywords that brought visitors to their blog (one of the more tame, but nonetheless interesting, sets of keywords was “Jesus please remove the evil from my PC”). I doubt that those same people would have happened across my own blog through their various keyword searches. My interests (and my blog) are not focused on hot topics, nor is the style and format sufficiently sexy to lure… Read more

October 24, 2007

“I don’t take any responsibility for the lunatic fringes of my own religion” (J. K. Rowling).This is from an press conference in which she discusses the Christian imagery and background to the Harry Potter series. Read more

October 24, 2007

The doctrine of creation out of nothing is an interesting point of divergence between Jewish and Christian theism as usually defined today, and proponents of views such as process theology.Ken Schenck, in a recent blog entry, recognizes that the doctrine is not strictly Biblical, and enters the Christian tradition later (and the Jewish tradition much later). He nonetheless asks what the relationship between God and the universe looks like if one accepts this doctrine on faith. I’ve posted a reply… Read more

October 24, 2007

I just have to share this wonderful parody of the arguments of The God Delusion, applying them to music. I know some of you love a good parody as much as I do. Enjoy! Read more

October 24, 2007

I am starting to think that the blogosphere may have some form of intelligence or higher order of organization. It seems like disparate blogs intersect on the same theme around the same time. Yesterday I noticed this in relation to my post on the incarnation. Today I’ve found several people have mentioned ideas related to my post on the ‘radical middle’.The idea of a ‘radical middle’ is not to occupy an absolute centrist position, as if that were even a… Read more

October 23, 2007

I never thought I’d say this, but America might be better off if it had more prominent Fascist and Communist parties. In most European countries there are more than two parties that have a serious chance of having someone represented to parliament or an equivalent representative body, and the prime minister is usually the representative of the party with the most seats. In most European countries, the major “conservative” and “liberal” parties are aware not only that they are to… Read more

October 22, 2007

In discussing Philip Kitcher’s book with other faculty, one colleague referred to the ‘core of Christianity’. When I asked what the core consisted of, the two things he mentioned were incarnation and resurrection. To many, these might seem like absolute essentials, without which one is not dealing with anything that could be called “Christianity”.This initial impression may well be wrong. In this post, I will focus only on the first mentioned ‘core component’, namely a doctrine of incarnation. The term… Read more

October 22, 2007

What is the role of an author’s intent in the interpretation of texts? As J. K. Rowling has weighed in on the details of the latest Harry Potter film (currently in production), this has been used to illustrate the broader interpretative issue, from the Constitution to the Bible.Let me also share the Free Rice web site, which will donate a tiny amount of food to the poor via the UN for each word you can correctly define. Thanks to Iyov… Read more

October 22, 2007

Why blog? This is a question I am sure that many bloggers’ spouses ask them and/or themselves. In the case of academic bloggers there can be a further question: Why not spend this time writing a book. I have never seen the two as antithetical to one another (and still don’t). On the contrary, I think one can flow naturally into the other. Nevertheless, having heard the question asked, I thought it might be useful to answer the question “Why… Read more

October 21, 2007

Perhaps the meaning in life is its syntax. The meaning of DNA comes not from the four letters of its ‘alphabet’, but from their interpretations in longer ‘sentences’. Likewise our words take on precision and depth when joined with other words.Syntax is not something added to the words, but something that arises from their being placed together in frameworks of meaning. Perhaps the same is true in our relationships to one another. There isn’t another substance added to the relationships,… Read more

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