Category Archives: Articles

Why Earth’s History Appears So Miraculous

Science is amazing and it’s also amazing what scientists believe. I’m not talking about the realm of provable science but of speculative physics. The world where we push past quantum mechanics (which I confess I barely grasp in layman’s terms) to the world of multiple

Mary Magdalene: The reviewers reviewed

I haven’t seen the film in question but I’ve read a lot of reviews now and it’s not clear whether this film is really terrible or really powerful. It’s also not clear what people think about the main character Mary Magdalene. History hasn’t treated Mary

How Christianity thrived

Sometime ago I read a post by Scott Alexander on The Invention of Moral Narrative in which he tries to understand where our good v evil theme comes from. He’s trying to figure this out because, I’m basing this off of my continuing confusion over

Nine signals of progressive Christianity

Scot McKnight interacts a little with Roger Olson’s attempt to identify markers of progressive Christianity. You should read the whole thing but here they are in condensed form: Doctrines are talked about only as historical relics, not as living realities to be protected and defended An abandonment

The rise of a non-Christian Europe

New research confirms what we have known for a long-time: Europe is a post-Christian continent and post-religious too. As the focus of the study is on 16-29 year olds Stephen Bullivant, a professor of theology and the sociology of religion at St Mary’s University in London

War is not going anywhere

There is an argument being made, chiefly by people like Steven Pinker, that war is on the decline. Humanity is making progress and in the last 70 years or so the world has become a more peaceful place. I’m not so sure and I’m not

In Peterson we trust?

We are, it seems, still living in the Jordan Peterson moment, as every man and his dog chimes in with reaction, praise or criticism to Peterson, his 12 rules and what it all means. One interesting note is how often people link the word ‘gospel’

What I watched in February 2018

I’m tracking my screen consumption in 2018 to help me learn and see what I’m doing with my time. Here are some of the films and TV shows I watched in February. Films I actually watched more movies in February but that includes several more