June 2015 Biblical Studies Carnival

William Ross has posted the latest Biblical Studies Carnival. Phil Long has details about upcoming carnivals, and your chance to host one. See also the month’s Hebrews Highlights, and Peter Kirby’s new biblioblog resource at ChristianOrigins.com. [Read more...]

RFRA Kicks Into Effect Today in Indiana

The Religious Freedom Restoration Act kicks into effect today in Indiana. This is the bill that brought Indiana national attention and made it the butt of a presidential joke. A “fix” amended to the legislation specified that it does not provide grounds or justification for discrimination. The most interesting thing, in my mind, is that [Read More...]

Virtuoso Expression of Love

“There is only one defense against the rising, worldwide, fear-filled fundamentalist tide engulfing all religions (including the intolerant religion of the New Atheists) which once engulfed me: the embrace of paradox and uncertainty as the virtuoso expression of love.” – Frank Schaeffer, Why I am an Atheist Who Believes in God: How to give love, [Read More...]

Science Fiction Theology

I am grateful to Baylor University Press for having sent me a complimentary copy of a book that I read prior to publication and provided a blurb for. The book is Science Fiction Theology: Beauty and the Transformation of the Sublime by Alan Gregory. Here is what I wrote, part of which became the blurb [Read More...]

Fuller Seminary and Daniel Kirk

Until today, I had been very impressed with the breadth of Fuller Seminary. They have long managed to maintain a reputation for being Evangelical and yet seriously scholarly, in a way that meant allowing room for a genuine diversity of voices and the kind of creative exploration that is essential to genuine scholarship. I was particularly [Read More...]

Bible Proof-Texting Is An Unwinnable Game

A couple of years ago, Fred Clark posted about the way playing Bible clobber verses resembles a card game. His point reminded me of the famous scene towards the end of the movie WarGames. And so I wrote, in a post entitled “How To Win At Bible”: The only winning move in the clobber verse Bible game [Read More...]

Same-Sex Marriage and Opposite-Sex Divorces

If those who are against same-sex marriages want to use the Bible to argue against such marriages, they will need to explain why they are taking only part of the biblical definition of marriage. And if they want to complain about the redefinition of marriage, they should focus on the redefinition that made marriage a [Read More...]

CFP: Holy Hero(in)es. Literary Constructions of Heroism in Late Antique and Early Medieval Hagiography

This call for papers came to my attention via the Hugoye list. It is connected with the interesting project titled “Novel Saints. Ancient novelistic heroism in the hagiography of Late Antiquity and the early Middle Ages.” Call for Papers Holy Hero(in)es. Literary Constructions of Heroism in Late Antique and Early Medieval Hagiography International conference at [Read More...]

Heterosexual Marriage Under Threat (Map)

Fred Clark shared this helpful map, showing all the states where the Supreme Court’s marriage equality decision poses no threat to traditional heterosexual marriages. Meanwhile, Mike Huckabee has released this campaign image: If it doesn’t disturb you, it should. Because on the one hand, what it says is quite obvious. Did anyone not know that “the [Read More...]

Wish I Had Said That

Another great cartoon from Spike Davis. I wonder how many more things that Jesus never said, but some people think he did, you can list. And I wonder whether imagining Jesus saying he wished he’d come up with a particular phrase is a helpful reminder that he was a human being – a gifted teller of [Read More...]

Israel Trip Trailer #3

And here is a third trailer for the trip I am planning to lead to Israel and the West Bank in the summer of 2016. I made a point of including some footage from the Dead Sea and the Judaean desert which didn’t get included in the other two trailers. [Read more...]

Breaking News: Supreme Court Decides in Favor of Marriage Equality!

The news has just broken that the Supreme Court of the United States has issued its decision in a case that came before it regarding marriage between two people of the same gender. Their decision legalizes same-sex marriage throughout the United States. This is a major milestone in U. S. history. Click through to read [Read More...]

Review of Maurice Casey’s Jesus: Evidence and Argument or Mythicist Myths?

My review of Maurice Casey’s book Jesus: Evidence and Argument or Mythicist Myths? has been published in Review of Biblical Literature.  Below is an excerpt from the end of the review. Please click through to read the rest. I suspect that many will find the tone of Casey’s volume rather too acerbic—especially if they have never had [Read More...]

CFP: Sacred Texts and Comics: Religion, Faith, and Graphic Narratives

CFP: Sacred Texts and Comics: Religion, Faith, and Graphic Narratives Ken Koltun-Fromm, Haverford College (kkoltunf@haverford.edu) Assaf Gamzou, Israeli Cartoon Museum (assaf@cartoon.org.il) Call for Papers Sacred Texts and Comics: Religion, Faith, and Graphic Narratives The last decade has produced critical and expressive studies in sacred canonical texts and comics. Witness, for example, the artistic works from [Read More...]


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