Beware of Who’s Who Scams

Some of the most popular posts on my old blog site relates to Who’s Who scams, and since I continue to get e-mails very similar to the ones I talked about there, I thought it might be worth mentioning this topic again. Here is the text of one e-mail that I received very recently: Dear [Read More...]

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy Jesus Blog Tour: Coming in October!

In October, I’ll be one of the participants in a “blog tour” about the book Hitchhiker’s Guide to Jesus, A: Reading the Gospels on the Ground by Bruce N. Fisk. In the mean time, the publisher will be running a giveaway of books on the historical Jesus, which I suspect that many readers will be [Read More...]

What Students Don’t Know: Mindset Lists and Digital Natives

I had a post on this topic in mind since I read the piece in Inside Higher Ed a few days ago entitled “What Students Don’t Know.” This sample quote sums up a situation that has increasingly become the focus of my teaching and my classes: The most alarming finding in the ERIAL studies was [Read More...]

Back to School

For many of us, return to teaching or studying has just happened, is in the process of happening, or is about to happen. And so I thought I would create an open thread on that topic. Are you teaching/studying? What are you looking forward to, or apprehensive about, in the coming semester or academic year? [Read More...]

Religion and Science Fiction – My Copies Arrived Today!

My copies of Religion and Science Fiction arrived today. And even though it will be a few weeks until Amazon itself has the book for sale, one enterprising seller already has listed the book there! [Read more...]

New Web Address for the Clergy Letter Project

In connection with Michael Zimmerman’s move to a new academic home (he has become the academic vice president and provost at the Evergreen State College), the web address for the Clergy Letter Project and Evolution Weekend has changed. The web site can now be reached at http://theclergyletterproject.org/ If you are connected with a religious community [Read More...]

Call for Submissions for Science Fiction Film and Television: The Battlestar Galactica Phenomenon

Via TheoFantastique (and since also shared at Political Jesus): Science Fiction Film and Television is seeking submissions for a special issue on the Battlestar Galactica phenomenon. Although the rebooted series has received much critical attention, significantly less has been written on other BSG texts. This issue seeks to redress that imbalance. We are interested in articles [Read More...]

Relegere

Several bloggers have noted the appearance of the first issue of a new online journal, Relegere: Studies in Religion and Reception. Any journal that contains an article with the title “Life of Brian or Life of Jesus? Uses of Critical Biblical Scholarship and Non-orthodox Views of Jesus in Monty Python’s Life of Brian” is definitely [Read More...]

Conference Papers: Converting Pages to Minutes

It seems like every time I prepare a conference paper, I wonder how long it should be, in terms of number of pages, so as to correspond to the allotted time. You would think that by now I would have the ratio perfected to a science, but in actual fact, I still find that even [Read More...]

A Sense of Wonder

I had the privilege of contributing the entry on “Religion and Science Fiction” to a brand new textbook on science fiction. The volume consists of a mix of classic and less well known sci-fi stories, interspersed with scholarly essays about the genre. The volume is edited by Leigh Grossman, and its title is A Sense [Read More...]

“Magic is Might” Conference at Hogwarts: Call for Papers

Via TheoFantastique, I learned of a call for papers for a conference on Harry Potter. Here are the details: The Harry Potter series has become a publishing phenomenon that has captured the imagination of children and adults all over the world. The stories created by J.K. Rowling have inspired extensive multidisciplinary academic discussion, ranging from [Read More...]


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