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Posted inComedy, Philosophy, Religion, Science

Theology and Black Cats

Reading Time: < 1 minute “Philosophy is like being in a dark room and looking for a black cat. Metaphysics is like being in a dark room and looking for a black cat that isn’t there. Theology is like being in a dark room and looking for a black cat that isn’t there, and shouting “I found it!” Science is […]

Posted inUncategorized

A Reminder: The Pharaoh and Hardening of Hearts

Reading Time: 11 minutes This came up in conversation the other day, so let me just remind you of the terminal problems for the Exodus story faced by those who defend the hardening of Pharaoh’s heart… I know I only ran this recently, but some Christians have short memories. The Exodus is a story that is hugely important to […]

Posted inPhilosophy, Religion

Theology and Black Cats

Reading Time: < 1 minute This is a classic: “Philosophy is like being in a dark room and looking for a black cat. Metaphysics is like being in a dark room and looking for a black cat that isn’t there. Theology is like being in a dark room and looking for a black cat that isn’t there, and shouting “I […]

Posted inThe Secular

If the Discovery of Alien Life Is Close, How Might This Affect Religion?

Reading Time: 2 minutes The Guardian recently ran an article that provokes some interesting thought and discussion. If we are close to finding alien life (for the sake of argument, though the number of exoplanets discovered is constantly rising), how would this affect the major religions of the world? Santhosh Mathew writes: The interaction with alien life is not just being […]

Posted inReligion

Stages of grief at the end of apologetics

Reading Time: 14 minutes I’ve been coming into contact with a lot of different ideas about apologetics itself as a field. One of the more intriguing of those ideas comes from Myron Penner, a Christian who wrote a book called The End of Apologetics. He did an interview with a blogger when the book came out, and the reactions to that interview were so fascinating that I wanted to show them to you.

Posted inReligion

The Holy Trinity Is Incoherent #1

Reading Time: 6 minutes The Holy Trinity has had a problematic history, partly evidenced by point of fact that theologians still don’t agree on how it works, and partly  seen from its ex post facto evolution, shoehorned into the scant evidence of the biblical texts. From Ignatius of Antioch onwards we see development of the idea in early church […]

Posted inGeneral, Religion, The Secular

A Godless Walk Through the Bible

Reading Time: 3 minutes What’s a guy to do if he has a graduate degree in biblical studies but no longer believes the religion(s) it espouses? He starts a Bible study for atheists, that’s what he does. And why the hell would atheists want to read or study the Bible? Gosh, I can think of a number of reasons. You interact with […]

Posted inUncategorized

The Star of Bethlehem in Alternative “Scholarship”

Reading Time: 9 minutes In my work in looking into the various theories about the Star of Bethlehem, I have primarily focused on efforts to explain the Star that are in the scientific or biblical studies literature. That will provide something of an orthodoxy, either with scientific ideas that have to be less than outlandish or with religious notions that do not drift far from conservative or evangelical thinking.

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