Academic Scholarship on Reddit

Today I learned (sorry, I couldn’t resist using that popular Reddit phrase in this context) that there is a subreddit on Reddit dedicated to matters pertaining to the academic study of the Bible. One interesting discovery there was an article by Greg Jenks, available on Academia.edu, on “The Quest for the Historical Nazareth.” There is [Read More...]

Society for Mandaean Studies

At the recent ARAM conference on the Mandaeans, a topic which some of us had discussed previously was brought up, namely the creation of a Society for Mandaean Studies. Matthew Morgenstern has responded by setting up a Facebook page to get the process underway to formally bring such an organization into existence. If you are [Read More...]

A Professor’s Prayer

And a couple more great recent items from PHD Comics:   [Read more...]

CFP: Academic Loncon 3

Today I had my attention drawn to the fact that the 72nd World Science Fiction Convention or Worldcon, known this year as Loncon 3 because it will be in London, will have an academic component, Academic Loncon 3. The theme will be “Diversity in Speculative Fiction.” Visit the Academic Loncon 3 website for more details [Read More...]

BSRI Press Release, Flyer, and Brochure

Some more information about the Butler Summer Religion Institute. There is a press release on the Butler web site, and there are also digital copies of a flyer and a brochure which can be circulated to those who are interested. [Read more...]

Is Historical Jesus Research Futile?

Pat McCullough has a couple of posts on his blog in which he treats historical Jesus research as “futile.” If one is of the view that all attempts at knowing about the past are so complicated by our inability to infallibly separate memory from invention, or to attain absolute certainty, then by all means dismiss [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...]

Sketchy-Looking Academic Web Sites

I was grading final exams from my class on the Bible this evening, and a student’s comment made me chuckle. I focus in this course on information literacy skills, i.e. the identification of reliable sources of information online. One student found a reputable scholar’s academic web site hosted at their university. I won’t say which [Read More...]

Religion and Spirituality in Science Fiction Narratives

An interview between James F. McGrath and John W. Morehead has been quoted in a chapter focused on religion and science fiction. [Read more...]

Blogging One’s Conference Paper

The night before last, I put the finishing touches on the first completed draft of my conference paper for the upcoming Society of Biblical Literature conference in Chicago. It will still need to be worked on – most likely to trim it to the appropriate length. I anticipate posting the complete paper on the blog [Read More...]

#SBLAAR 2012 Gathering of Bibliobloggers and Other Religion Bloggers: Sunday November 18th at 7pm

The votes are in, the election ended, and the bibliobloggers have spoken! The gathering of bibliobloggers – and I am going to once again invite any theobloggers and other bloggers about religion as well – will be Sunday, November 18th, at 7pm at Kitty O’Shea’s, an Irish pub located at the Hilton in Chicago. The [Read More...]


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