Marcus Borg on How to Save the Bible

What are we to make of the Bible? It is a historical product that lacks historicity. God, according to the text, is real and he has in the past interacted directly with humanity. But what does that mean if the past depicted in the Bible is not always historically correct? This topic is addressed by Christian theologian and New Testament scholar Marcus Borg in his classic work The Heart of Christianity: Rediscovering a Life of Faith. I find his approach quite insightful. Borg's study … [Read more...]

Mormon Miscellaneous with Van Hale

Earlier this evening, I had a chance to visit with radio talk show host Van Hale on his K-TALK AM 630 show Mormon Miscellaneous. It was a live, in-studio discussion, and I'm grateful to the thoughtful callers who participated in the program. Van Hale is such a thoughtful, kind man. This was a great opportunity to discuss my book Authoring the Old Testament with a long-time significant voice in Mormon studies. Those interested in the discussion can access a recorded version of the show here. … [Read more...]

Teaching Biblical Studies and Judaism Through Utah State University

I’ve taken a position as the new online professor of Biblical Studies and Judaism for Utah State University’s Religious Studies program. Information about the program and my position can be accessed here.I’m really excited about this new project. USU is leading out in an effort to provide high quality distant learning opportunities for students interested in obtaining academic degrees. Currently USU offers 18 degrees and programs that can be obtained completely online, including a Minor in … [Read more...]

You Lost Me: Secular vs. Sacred Education

Secularism! Be afraid! It is a demonic force overtaking religious institutions as it consumes and extinguishes the spirituality of youth. Recently, this frightening narrative has received considerable online attention. I confess to hold some interest in the discussion.I recently purchased a copy of the book You Lost Me: Why Young Christians are Leaving Church and Rethinking Faith. I've found it to be a fascinating study, well-worth considering. The book shares the findings of a massive … [Read more...]

Who Wrote the Gospels? (part 3)

Continuing this series, I would like to draw upon a quote from the Harper Collins Study Bible produced for the Society of Biblical Literature (SBL). SBL is the oldest and largest international scholarly membership organization in the field of biblical studies. Their study bible is an outstanding resource that I often recommend to students. It includes comprehensive explanatory notes from leading scholars in the field of biblical studies; it is often used as the primary textbook in … [Read more...]

Come You Masters of War: Joshua Madson Lecture

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This Tuesday night (March 31st), author of the forthcoming book Buried Words: Recovering the Non-Violent Message of the Book of Mormon, Joshua Madson, will present a guest lecture in my "Book of Mormon as Literature" course. The topic will be "Violence and War in the Text." Joshua will share a narrative approach to the Book of Mormon, illustrating that it rejects violence as a means to peace. The class meets at the University of Utah from 7:15-8:35 PM at the MBH building, room 114.All … [Read more...]

Who Wrote the Gospels (part 2)

Back in 1992, the Biblical Archaeology Society published a collection of introductory essays in a book titled, Christianity and Rabbinic Judaism: A Parallel History of Their Origins and Development. The book contained essays by some of the most influential contributors to this fascinating field of study. Since then, it has become a standard textbook and reference work for undergraduate, graduate, and Bible study courses across the country. A newly revised version appeared in 2011.As an … [Read more...]

Mormon Studies Podcast

Brilliant textual analyst and historian of Mormonism, Brent Metcalfe, has started a new project titled, "Mormon Studies Podcast." Each podcast runs for about an hour. Brent conducted his first interview with the famous historian of Mormonism, Jan Shipps, his second with Julie Smith, a thoughtful contributor to Mormon scriptural exegetical analysis. He invited me to join him for the third discussion. I felt very grateful for the chance to share some of my views with such a thoughtful, … [Read more...]


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