From SBL to GenCon

Chris Heard has the honor of being the first person that I know from SBL that I have met at GenCon. We didn't just happen to run into each other, but arranged to meet for lunch. It was great to chat about gaming, Christianity, Biblical studies, and some of the possible ways these might intersect. [Read More...]

Bringing the Gospel to SBL

Under the heading of this post’s title, I will share one example of what it can mean that is appropriate, and one example of what it could mean that is not. Matthew Malcolm has suggested that it would be interesting to have a program unit or other session at the Society of Biblical Literature conference about [Read More...]

How Do You Define “@%!#*! Loonie”?

Jim Linville will be giving a conference paper in November with what may be the most amusing title on the program at SBL: May Contain Nuts and B.S. (Biblical Studies): The Politics of Academic Legitimacy Online and the Need to Properly Theorize the Category “@%!#*! Loonie” He has now put out an appeal for help [Read More...]

Guide to Conference Questions

From The BLN. HT Jim Linville on Facebook.   [Read more...]

Quote of the Day (Harold Vedeler)

“Occam’s Razor does not shave people.” – Harold Torger Vedeler, “Science Fiction, the Bible, and the Narrative Method,” paper read at the EABS and International SBL meeting in Vienna, July 2014, Science Fiction and the Bible group. I was delighted to have the chance to attend one of the sessions on the Bible and science [Read More...]

Around Vienna

As one person guessed, I am in Vienna for the International Society of Biblical Literature conference. Here are some photos from around the city today:   Next to Beethoven's piano, in the building where he composed works such as the 5th symphony and Fuer Elise.     [Read more...]

Bible Odyssey has Launched!

The Society of Biblical Literature has announced that its new Bible Odyssey website has now launched and is accessible to the general public. Take a look at the tutorial, or just poke around. I contributed a couple of articles, and I am sure that the names of other contributors will be even more recognizable to [Read More...]

Vienna

The International SBL conference this summer will be in Vienna, and I’m going to be there for part of it. I’d be interested to know if any other scholars and students of Biblical studies whom I know will be there. If so, let me know! The European Association of Biblical Studies meets jointly with the [Read More...]

Does The Internet Make People Atheists?

Via PZ Myers and a couple of other people, I became aware of an article with the title “How The Internet is Taking Away America’s Religion.”  Here is a chart from the article: There is definitely a need to avoid assuming that the correlation indicates causation. But I will certainly want to dig into the [Read More...]

May Contain Nuts and BS

Jim Linville mentioned on his blog that he has had a paper accepted for the Blogger and Online Publication session at next November’s annual meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature. The title is: May Contain Nuts and B.S. (Biblical Studies): The Politics of Academic Legitimacy Online and the Need to Properly Theorize the Category “@%!#*! Loonie” It [Read More...]

SBL Paper Accepted

I’ll be on a panel of invited speakers at SBL in 2014, talking about Bart Ehrman’s latest book. In addition, I’ve had a paper accepted by the Metacriticism of Biblical Scholarship consultation. Here’s the abstract: Can University Walls Keep Out The Internet? Statements can be found on the websites of many sectarian educational institutions, indicating [Read More...]


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