Science and religion

I posted an entry this week over at Qideas about science and evangelical religion. Columnists are hyperventilating at what they perceive to be the anti-intellectualism of the Republican candidates, and more than a few are drawing conclusions about evangelicals from what they hear. But survey data on attitudes toward science among evangelicals are more encouraging, … Continue reading Science and religion

What do Haitians think about God and the Earthquake?

I asked Dr. Gerald Murray, an anthropologist and an expert on Haiti, and a Catholic, to write a blog post for Q Ideas about the religious response of people in Haiti to the earthquake a year ago. I know several American Christians who found their faith in the goodness of God rocked by the tragedy … Continue reading What do Haitians think about God and the Earthquake?


I get invited to lots of "interfaith" events. Most are mislabeled--they aren't really interfaith, they are "multifaith", as Ed Stetzer recently put it.  (I usually start my talks by asking if there are any "interfaith" people there--and there usually isn't anyone.) I suppose people like the word interfaith because it doesn't sound very threatening. It … Continue reading Interfaithism

Famous Chief Seattle environmental speech is actually a Southern Baptist document

"All things are connected. Whatever befalls the earth befalls the sons of the earth. Man does not weave the web of life; he is merely a strand of it. Whatever he does to the web, he does to himself." Some of the most cherished words in the environmental movement were never uttered by the Native … Continue reading Famous Chief Seattle environmental speech is actually a Southern Baptist document

Your brain on computers; cyber mobs; natural theology

Our use of computers changes us in some pretty fundamental ways. Modern technologies raise the question of what it means to be truly, fully human. I hope that some of the intellectual heft behind natural theology can eventually be put toward some of these extensions of the "theology of the body."

Spill, baby, spill

The media has begun to drift into their usual story lines about the oil spill disaster spreading in the Gulf, with villains, victims and chance occurrences. The real story is the certainty of the impacts of consumer behavior.

Children, Animals, and the Imago Dei

Two events for children are signs of life and expressions of the imago dei, the image of God, granted to humans. When kids' brains are filled with biodiversity instead of corporate-logo-diversity, they have the chance to think God's thoughts after him. When kids learn to love and train their pit bulldogs, they learn something about wise dominion and stewardship of the Creation.