John Dominic Crossan’s new book on Images of Easter

Dom Crossan and his wife Sarah Crossan have a book coming out of images of Easter in the eastern orthodox churches. It is called Resurrecting Easter: How the West Lost and the East Kept the Original Easter Vision In Resurrecting Easter, bestselling author John Dominic Crossan and his wife, Sarah, uncover a very different vision of the Resurrection story from the one well-known in Western Christian tradition. Drawing on photographs taken during annual travels across Eastern Christianity sites, the Crossans note that… Read more

David Bentley Hart on Misreading Paul

Orthodox Theologian David Bentley Hart has an article at Aeon on Everything You Know About the Gospel of Paul is Likely Wrong. After reading the article I was tempted to go all millennial by uttering the words, “I can’t even …” Hart pushes the Torrancian (and Doug Campbell) line that the Latin west has for too long (mis)-read Paul through the lens of Augustine’s notion of original guilt and focused on Latin categories of forensic guilt and innocence as the root… Read more

N.T. Wright’s 2018 Gifford Lectures

Prof. N.T. Wright is set to deliver the 2018 Gifford Lectures in Aberdeen on 12 Feb and 7 March. The Gifford lectures are traditionally about “natural theology” and Wright is only the second New Testament scholar ever invited to deliver this prestigious lecture series (the first was Rudolf Bultmann!). Wright’s topic is: Discerning the Dawn: History, Eschatology, and New Creation. Read more here.   Read more

The Logia Initiative and Women Scholars in Divinity

I just heard the news that the Logos Institute for Analytic and Exegetical Theology at St. Andrews University has launched the Logia initiative which “seeks to support current female students and staff and encourage women to pursue divinity disciplines at the postgraduate level.” Ridley College has started an annual conference on Evangelical Women in Academia, with another one coming in 2018. At Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary there is nestled within their Kingdom Diversity center a Society for Women in Scholarship. I… Read more

Wheaton Theology Conference on Marilynne Robinson in 2018

Just saw that Wheaton College is having a conference called “Balm in Gilead” featuring Marilynne Robinson and Rowan Williams, 4-5 April 2018. Read more

A Peer Reviewed Journal Takes Down Richard Carrier’s Jesus Mythicism

I sit on the editorial board of the Journal for the Study of the Historical Jesus, ably edited by James Crossley and Anthony Le Donne. The editorial board is quite diverse (though could use a few more women) with Americans, Europeans, and even Australians. It also has people of many different religious affiliations, there are members who identify as Jewish, evangelical Christian, mainline Christian, agnostic, and atheist.  We disagree on just about everything when it comes to Jesus and the sources… Read more

Bart Ehrman’s New Book: The Triumph of Christianity

Another forthcoming book from Bart Ehrman, The Triumph of Christianity: How a Forbidden Religion Swept the World (New York: Simon & Schuster, Feb 2018). Currently #1 at Amazon.com in Christian Church Growth (LOL) From the New York Times bestselling authority on early Christianity, the story of how Christianity grew from a religion of twenty or so peasants in rural Galilee to the dominant religion in the West in less than four hundred years. Christianity didn’t have to become the dominant religion in the West. It… Read more

Forthcoming Movie: Paul, Apostle of Christ

Just saw the promo clip for the forthcoming movie Paul, Apostle of Christ, directed by Andrew Hyatt, starring James Faulker (Paul), Jim Caviezel (Luke), Joanna Whally (Priscilla), and John Lynch (Aquila). Might be a bit cringe-worthy, but hopefully still a good movie. Here’s some of the promos: Read more

Book Review: Ryan P. O’Down on Proverbs

Ryan P. O’Dowd Proverbs (Story of God Bible Commentary) Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2017. By Lindsay Wilson Ryan O’Dowd may be known to readers as the co-author with Craig Bartholomew of a useful survey of OT wisdom literature (2011). Here in this commentary on Proverbs, we hear the solo voice of O’Dowd himself. As this is only the second OT commentary to appear in this series, it is worth looking at the distinctive features of the series itself. It is based… Read more

Michael Bird ACL Lecturer on The Thessalonian Strategy

Last month I gave a talk at the Australian Christian Lobby’s “Embolden” conference on “The Thessalonian Strategy,” discussing how to do faith in a potentially hostile political environment. Read more




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