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    Ark Encounter and the death of wonder

    The ark seems to float on a sea of creationists in this image from Ark Encounter’s ribbon cutting ceremony. Jim Lo Scalzo I hoped it wouldn’t happen. I even secretly¬†thought it wouldn’t happen. But I underestimated the tenacity of Ken Ham’s posse and the generosity and sheer numbers of garden-variety creationists. Tomorrow, after a dozen […]

    The world is not finite: final questions from the youth of Edina

    Master Bertram, Grabow Altarpiece (detail showing the creation of the beasts), c. 1383. I love how the lower section of the robe has been made to look like the sea Greetings, dear readers. I’ve had a very busy month of traveling and speaking and teaching and lots of other gerunds too. But no writing. It’s […]

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    On communal embarrassment, Buddhism, and the soul: three more questions from the youth of Edina

    The practical Buddha This is the second of a three-part series addressing nine questions posed by a friend’s youth group in Edina, Minnesota. The first installment is here. What is the relationship between the religious and scientific communities? The first thing to get clear is: It is not simply hostile. There are some scientists who […]

    Youth wanna know: Three questions on faith and science

    Final Communion at PYM16, led by the incomparable Allyson Dylan Robinson Two weeks ago I was in Dallas for the Progressive Youth Ministry conference. I was there to deliver a plenary because one of its themes was science. So many young people feel like the church is hostile to science (probably with good reason, sadly). […]


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