Sacred Troubling Topics in Tanakh, New Testament, and Qur’an

An interesting call for papers (via Religion CFP and ACLA): Sacred Troubling Topics in Tanakh, New Testament, and Qur’an. Organizer: Roberta Sabbath, University of Nevada, Las Vegas Contact the Seminar Organizers Abrahamic sacred texts continue to inspire a diversity of scholarship that seeks to transform the ancient into the contemporary, the remote into the immediate, and the [Read More...]

iSlab

There are so many things that might be said about this cartoon. It makes the point that things have become commonplace in our time which would have seemed miraculous a few hundred years ago, never mind several thousand. And it asks us to imagine how we might respond to someone who came claiming revealed truths [Read More...]

Taste and See that Thorin is Good

Rev. Dale Bronner posted the above picture on Facebook with the following comment: Train yourself to see Jesus in the ordinary things of life! He is there even when you cannot see, hear or feel Him! Oh taste and see that the Lord is good…! The internet quickly clued him in… First Obi-Wan Kenobi, now [Read More...]

Doubt, Theology, and Mountain-Climbing

  Peter Hess has published an essay in God and Nature magazine, in which he shares reflections on the task of theology which occurred to him as he climbed a mountain. Here’s a sample: There is no single right way to scale a mountain: on a team climbers are always in communication about route, equipment, [Read More...]

Memory and the Reception of Jesus in Early Christianity

St. Mary’s University is planning a conference for June 2016 on “Memory and the Reception of Jesus in Early Christianity.” There are no further details at this point. The information was shared by John Daniels, who blogs at Cultural Jesus. It looks like it will overlap with the Enoch Seminar event focused on John’s Christology, scheduled for [Read More...]

First Mandaean on Pluto

Jim Davila noticed before I did that Charles Häberl‘s social media campaign to get part of Pluto named after Krun – the Mandaean lord of the underworld – was successful. The designation of one of Pluto’s recently-revealed land features with the name Krun marks the first time that a celestial body has been given a Mandaean name [Read More...]

Paul Must Have Been Angry

  The idea for this joke came about in my Sunday school class yesterday. We have been studying 1 Corinthians, and found ourselves talking about what made Paul’s letters persuasive before they were scripture. For those who may not get the joke, our oldest manuscripts of the New Testament are written in all upper-case letters, not because [Read More...]

Chappie

I recently watched the movie Chappie. It poignantly conveys a point that I also sought to get across in my chapter on “Robots, Rights, and Religion” in Religion and Science Fiction: that what is most scary about artificial intelligences is that they will resemble us in all our shortcomings. But it also makes other crucial [Read More...]

Cain the Drama Queen (YEC Version of Genesis 4)

The image comes from God of Evolution on Facebook. Obviously young-earth creationists can explain away such details as Cain’s concern for his safety in all sorts of creative ways. That is precisely the point – rather than embrace the problematic character of what the text actually says, they find ways to avoid taking seriously what [Read More...]

Science and Christianity in the U. S.

I’ve been meaning for a while to share this visual depiction of the stance of various religious groups in the United States when it comes to evolution: See also Mark Noll’s article on the history of science and Christianity, Karl Giberson’s on why losing Adam and Eve is so hard, and Zack Kopplin on the [Read More...]

Answer to America’s Prayers

Both Hemant Mehta (who shared the above cartoon by James MacLeod) and Lauren Nelson blogged about the recent shooting in Lafayette, Louisiana, and their sentiments were along similar lines. Prayer often emerges from a feeling of helplessness in the face of circumstances beyond our control. But prayers about shootings are like the person who prays not [Read More...]


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