The Home Page of Jason M. Wester

On Richard Dawkins and Atheism+

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Back in 2011, Rebecca Watson published a video in which she talked about a lot of things, and in a couple of sentences buried in the middle of the video, she told the story about the guy who asked her for coffee late at night in an elevator, admonishing “Guys, don’t do that,” and then she moved on to another topic. Looking b [...]

Why Are Evangelical Movies So Awful?

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Recently, a couple of my former students took the time to send me an email urging me to see the newest Christian movie God’s Not Dead, the plot of which has a cross-wearing college frosh, played by Shane Harper, going up against his Kevin Sorbo-played atheist philosophy professor. So, right off the bat we seem to be dealing with some we [...]

UPDATE: Deandre Poole Offered New Con...

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Deandre Poole was reinstated, offered a new contract.  He will teach his classes online until he no longer feels threatened.   Kudos to the faculty and the university’s administration for doing right by Poole, and for supporting academic freedom.  I wrote about Poole here and here. Inside Higher Ed has the full story. In a nutshell:  Po [...]

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Man of Stool Steel Reconsidere...

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On the drive to the theater to see Man of Steel, my six-year-old, who has watched all of the 1990s series The Justice League, all of the wonderful Superman: The Animated Series, and of course Donner’s beloved 1978 Superman: The Movie, was excited to see the latest iteration of Superman on the big screen. On the way, we listened to John [...]

People Don’t Understand College

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The conservative smear machine is at it again. We college teachers are out to . . . gasp . . . teach students our disciplines. Not long ago I wrote about Deandre Poole, a professor at Florida Atlantic University who was slimed by the conservative blogosphere for asking his students to do a textbook assignment that had them to write the word J [...]

Man of Snooze: Man of Steel Review

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This is the first movie review I’ve written for my web page, and it is the result of co-review project with Melissa McFarland, who reviews movies on her blog. You can read her review here.  The project was simple: we would review Man of Steel and compare reviews. More than any other superhero, Superman is a character whose story is ens [...]

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Faith and Inquiry Shouldn’t Be Contradictory

Jason’s TKE Potato Salad

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I’m committing a terrible sin by posting this recipe for potato salad for the general public.  Southerners didn’t invent potato salad, but surely we’ve perfected it, raised it to the level of high art.  That’s why this article is a sin.  This recipe has no business getting out to the wider public.  It is a North Missis [...]

Trials and Tribulations with Linux

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UPDATE: The rankings have been reworked.  Sabayon’s x-server crashed again, and I couldn’t recover it.  I gave Suse another try, and it has been rock-solid for a week now. I’m the guy that people call when their computers go on the fritz.  I’ve been working with PC hardware for twelve years, I build all of my own PCs ( [...]