Month: September 2012

Do we have a soul?

So I recently attended and presented at a conference on the soul and body at Oxford. It seems, however, that the theme actually shifted to talking about identity generally, which was identified as the soul, rather than the soul as a separate thing. A reason for this shift was a general skepticism surrounding the idea…

Science and Religion Friday: The Galileo Affair, Part 3

In previous posts, I’ve noted how the central points of conflict between Galileo and his opponents were between different ideologies and personalities, and not religious in nature. Today, I’m going to talk about the actual period of trials Galileo underwent. The First Examination of Galileo Following the sermon by Caccini condemning Galileo, and after Caccini’s…

What is the Christian response to the unrest around the world concerning Americans?

I’m not offering any answers today, only questions. As an American living in a city where a massive protest against the US has recently taken place, where similar protests have turned violent in the Middle East, I am certainly concerned. I’m also greatly saddened by the loss of an American ambassador who believed the country…

Difficult Passages: 1 Corinthians 11, part 2 of 3: What does it mean to say that man is the head of woman?

Apparently this didn’t publish earlier (I scheduled it improperly). Sorry if you had been expecting it earlier. Last week, I discussed the entire issue of headcovering and what it means in the context of Rome during the first few centuries AD (CE). In the end, it was demonstrated that the issue of headcovering was Paul’s…