Blogger Session at #SBLAAR14

The Blogger session at SBL will include two papers, offered by Kimberly Majeski and Jim Linville, to be followed by a panel which will include Chris Keith, Anthony LeDonne, Dan McClellan, and perhaps others (if you are a biblioblogger who will be there, and want to participate, please feel free to get in touch – [Read More...]

Bible and Interpretation Article on Mythicism

Given the interest generated by Maurice Casey’s book and Richard Carrier’s blogging about it, I thought I should turn my 2013 SBL conference paper on mythicism and academic freedom into an article quickly. And so I am pleased to say that “Mythicism and the Mainstream: The Rhetoric and Realities of Academic Freedom” is now available [Read More...]

The Hero of Our Own Story

I am grateful to Brandon Withrow for making a guest appearance in my course on religion and freedom of expression yesterday. He and Menachem Wecker have a forthcoming book, Consider No Evil, focusing on religion and academic freedom, which is the fourth and final major topic in this year-long course. They have set up a [Read More...]

Freedom of Expression and Religion

Butler University’s Seminar on Religion and World Civilization public lecture series for the coming year is on the topic “Freedom of Expression and Religion.” If you click through, you will see that there are four interesting topics lined up: “Freedom of Speech, Freedom of Faith: Understanding the First Amendment and Its Global Implications”; “Islam and Free Expression”; “Mr. Putin [Read More...]

Intellectual Honesty vs. Statements of Faith

This coming academic year I will be teaching a class that runs in parallel to an annual public lecture series. The coming year’s topic is “Religion and Freedom of Speech.” It will look at the first amendment, specific examples related to Islam and to Russia, and academic freedom. In relation to that last point, here [Read More...]

What If Jesus Was Real?

“What if Jesus was Real?” is the title of Joel Watts’ new article in the Huffington Post. Here’s the conclusion: The real Jesus was a Jew, one nearly unrecoverable in the present — but this doesn’t mean he didn’t exist. It just means we have to live constantly with the doubt we may never really [Read More...]

Mythicism and the Mainstream: The Rhetoric and Realities of Academic Freedom

I’ve been meaning to post for a while that my Society of Biblical Literature paper proposal has been accepted by the “Metacriticism of Biblical Scholarship” section, and so will be presented at the 2013 Annual Meeting in Baltimore. Here is the abstract: Mythicism and the Mainstream: The Rhetoric and Realities of Academic Freedom James F. [Read More...]

Quality on the Internet

Chris Spinks linked to and commented on a Lifehacker article by Alan Henry with the title “How to Conduct Scientific Research On the Internet (Without Getting Duped).” Michael Patton blogged about finding trustworthy scholars. Jona Lendering has a post about what the future might look like if the tide of poor quality information and simple [Read More...]

Should Students Blog?

There have been several blog posts – and many more discussions not posted publicly on blogs – on the question of whether students should blog. The issue arises in particular for those studying subjects like Biblical studies. Will your thoughts that you post get you into some sort of trouble, for instance with your denomination’s [Read More...]

Conservative Evangelicalism and Academic Freedom

In a blog post today, Pete Enns asked whether an Evangelical institution of higher education can be truly academic and committed to academic freedom. It is an issue that has been garnering a lot of attention, particularly in connection with the administration at Emmanuel Seminary's effort to get Christopher Rollston to leave – a situation [Read More...]

In Support of Christopher Rollston

Thom Stark and others have blogged about the unfolding events related to Christopher Rollston, a widely-appreciated and well-known Biblical scholar and epigrapher, who is facing disciplinary action and perhaps even termination at Emmanuel Christian Seminary, because of an article he wrote for the Huffington Post about the marginalization of women in the Bible. I have said before [Read More...]


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