Famous quotes on the Eyjafjallajökull eruption

Pat Robertson: "It's God punishing Europe for having abandoned their Christian history!" Joel Osteen: "If you just have enough faith, it will stop erupting." Tim LaHaye: "It's a fulfillment of Revelation 6:15-16. Watch out for falling airplanes!" Hal Lindsey: "It's the end times and directly caused by Satan. Didn't you see all those 'ell's in …

The limits of dissent among Baptists

The Council of the Baptist Union of Great Britain recently spent three days discussing “Women in Leadership among the churches."  This wasn’t a debate about whether women can exercise ministerial leadership.  That was established back in the 1920s and affirmed many times since. It was about some of the attitudes women encounter when they explore a leadership calling, …

A biblical view of death

A sermon by Rod Benson Writing on mortality in the journal First Things, graduate philosophy student Anna Mathie relates what she describes as “the most exquisitely sorrowful moment in a book filled with exquisitely beautiful sorrow” (the book is J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings). In the story, Aragorn is at death’s door, and …

Religious perspectives on embryo donation

My co-authored paper, "Religious perspectives on embryo donation and research," has been published in Clinical Ethics, the journal of the Royal Society of Medicine. Well done to the team and contributors in what turned out to be a laborious process! Here's the abstract: The success of assisted reproductive technologies (ARTs) worldwide has led to an accumulation of …