When the dad from Calvin and Hobbes is your professor

This morning in class, one of my students sarcastically asked where dinosaurs fit into the New Testament. Improvising, I said that God actually hadn’t created dinosaurs yet and they were actually only going to be around in the end times. The reason there are fossils is that time is a circle and it’s already looped back around — the future dinosaurs died, then their bones remained in the ground for the loop-around.

This was coming off a class break, so students were kind of still filtering in, and someone asked where I was getting these ideas. I just pointed at my Bible and said, “Have you guys even been READING this stuff?!”

Sadly, one person looked so confused that I had to explicitly say I was kidding.

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8 Responses to “When the dad from Calvin and Hobbes is your professor”

  1. Bruce Rosenstock Says:

    Of course you’ve revealed to your students the theological-political subtext of Calvin and Hobbes?

  2. Adam Kotsko Says:

    I didn’t mention Calvin and Hobbes explicitly in class — though now I’m thinking about the tantalizing prospect of teaching a whole course on the comic strip!

  3. IndieFaith (David CL Driedger) Says:

    Sorry professor Kotsko. I thought I just wasn’t reading carefully enough!

  4. Adam Kotsko Says:

    I’m going to assume that’s not a passive-aggressive reference to a previous comment exchange, because those are strongly counter-indicated.

  5. IndieFaith (David CL Driedger) Says:

    Yes, thank-you for not assuming. It most certainly was not passive-aggressive (if there was any aggression it was aimed at myself!). I see I have a lot of ground to make up to have enough cred here to make jokes! . . . To interpret third sentence, see second sentence.

  6. Earnest O'Nest Says:

    Du-huh, obviously dinosaurs only fit in the Old Testament.

  7. Andy Says:

    Of course, there can be no dinosaurs without the incarnation.

  8. Adam Kotsko Says:

    Andy has to win some kind of comment award for that one.


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