Fundamentalism is a Lack of Self-Awareness

The quote comes from Richard Beck’s blog post “Emotional Intelligence and Sola Scriptura.” Here is another excerpt from the post: [W]e all have a hermeneutic. The only question is whether you are consciously vs.unconsciously using a hermeneutic. Fundamentalists are interpreting the text unconsciously. Fundamentalists are interpreting the text right and left, they are justunaware that they are doing so… When your [Read More...]

Doctor Who: The Girl Who Died

I apologize for taking so long to get to blogging about the most recent episode of Doctor Who, “The Girl Who Died.” The episode was full of everything that I love about Doctor Who – silliness, serious reflection, connections with earlier episode, and religious themes. Spoilers ahead! Many fans have been waiting for a key [Read More...]

Rock Prayers

I’ve floated the idea of doing a service of rock and roll prayers at my church. Here are the songs that I think would work for it. Can you suggest others? U2, “40″ Peter Gabriel, “In Your Eyes” Mr. Mister, “Kyrie” Styx, “Show Me The Way” Foreigner, “I Want to Know What Love Is” Mike [Read More...]

Ancient Texting While Driving

From Reverend Fun. [Read more...]

Trust God, Not the Bible

Here is a larger excerpt from the blog post from which the quote comes: Here’s a common issue that comes up in classes, when I am out speaking, or when I get emails and comments on blog posts I write: Pete, you’re talking about all these historical problems, tensions, contradictions in the Bible–basically the messiness of the Bible. [Read More...]

It’s True. All Of It.

I was planning to share the meme above, contrasting Han Solo’s statements about the Force and related matters in “A New Hope” and in “The Force Awakens.” But then I saw the humorous version below, and knew it was best to share them both together. Do feel free, however, to talk seriously about the shift [Read More...]

Existential Comics Meets Star Wars

Existential Comics has a new offering set in the Star Wars universe. Above are just a couple of panels, excerpted to whet your appetite. Click through to see the rest of it, and discover what you can learn from Master Spinoda… [Read more...]

Learning Ignorance

The quote comes from a recent post about ignorance, education, and faith on Cindy Brandt’s blog.     [Read more...]

The New Star Wars Trailer

The new trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens is intriguing, although I confess that it hasn’t really made me more excited about the movie that will be in cinemas in December. It took a while until the music or the action in the trailer started to really connect with me – although when it [Read More...]

New Journal: Gnosis: Journal of Gnostic Studies

April DeConick shared the news on her blog that E. J. Brill is launching a new academic journal dedicated to the study of Gnosticism. Here is what the Brill website has to say about the journal: Gnosis: Journal of Gnostic Studies is a peer-reviewed publication devoted to the study of Gnostic religious currents from the ancient [Read More...]

God as Absentee Landlord

I was very struck by Allan Bevere’s recent post, “God is not an absentee landlord,” because that very image of God appears in one of Jesus’ parables, assuming the historic understanding of that parable is correct. Absentee landlords have been hated by ordinary people down the ages. I’ve long wanted to do a study of the negative images [Read More...]

God’s Government

It seems that I have reached the point in my life where I am doing scholarship even in my sleep. A few nights ago I had a dream in which I was looking into the possibility that “God’s government” would be a good way to translate the New Testament phrase “the kingdom of God.” I [Read More...]

Is the Oldest Christology also the Highest?

Ron Huggins asked an interesting question in an interesting way recently. Some view Galatians as the oldest piece of Christian literature we have. And at the very beginning of that letter, Paul contrasts human authorities with God and Jesus. And so, he asks, is this – arguably the oldest Christological statement in the New Testament [Read More...]

#AARSBL15 Bloggers’ Dinner and Drinks Venue

I am announcing the venue for the 2015 SBL and AAR blogger dinner and drinks. It will begin at 5:00pm on Sunday, November 22nd and will be at Gibney’s Irish Pub (231 Peachtree Center Avenue NE). As it turns out, I’ll have a separate meeting (also at Gibney’s) at 4:30pm, and so when I get there, I [Read More...]