10th Level Apologist

Having recently mentioned academics playing role playing games, I had my attention drawn to Dungeons and Discourse. It has academic humor, religious humor, and RPG humor. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did! You might also enjoy Advanced Dungeons and Discourse… [Read more…]

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When Academics Play RPGs

This sample of how a role playing game works made me laugh. Does anyone know what book it is from?   [Read more…]

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Informal Discourse for Academics

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The Real Difference Between Creationism and Mythicism

Creationists can find 3,000 academics who will sign a statement against evolution. That’s not 3,000 academics in relevant fields, just 3,000 academics, including retired ones. I’ve yet to see mythicism show any sign of even coming close to that. And yet supposedly we are to believe that creationism’s 3,000 are irrelevant, but the 10 or so mythicist [Read More…]

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Passive-Aggressive Voice

Via $%@! Academics Say. There is also version not customized for academics (although it may not make sense if you don’t like donuts): [Read more…]

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What I Tell My Students: #AARSBL15 Mentoring Luncheon

The SBL student advisory board put together a wonderful luncheon with great speakers who gave great advice. The funniest was when one speaker, who had become a dean, shared what a colleague told him: now that you are a dean, in two years you will stop writing; in four years you will stop reading; and [Read More…]

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Conference BINGO

The American Academy of Religion Facebook page suggested that there might be a need for conference bingo, rather like the “first faculty meeting of the year” bingo that was recently featured in the Chronicle. I thus created the cards below. They should work at most conferences, and not just the ones I attend like AAR [Read More…]

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James Dunn Still Believes

Ken Schenck has been blogging through the book I (Still) Believe: Leading Bible Scholars Share Their Stories of Faith and Scholarship, about the personal faith journeys of academics in the field of Biblical studies. Since Ken has reached the chapter by our doctoral supervisor, James D. G. Dunn, I thought I would now draw attention to the [Read More…]

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I Still/No Longer Believe

There’s been another interesting convergence of the blogosphere. Brandon Withrow shared his story of losing faith while teaching at seminary, and as a result departing from there. Christopher Skinner blogged about it, and asked what it is that leads to this experience being so common (UPDATE: see also his follow-up post about Jay Oord’s departure from [Read More…]

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Theoretical Cosmoses and Historical Jesuses

I almost opted for the alternative plural forms of both words in the title of this post – “Theoretical Cosmoi and Historical Jesi.” Just in case anyone was wondering. But I figured it was better to have the words in the title be recognizable. I am constantly surprised when mythicists regard the number of theories about the [Read More…]

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Bibliogians and Bibliology

Pete Enns wrote a blog post pointing out that, while there is a one word answer to the question “What do you do for a living?” that philosophers, theologians, historians, physicists, and other academics can give, if your field is Biblical studies, there is no equivalent term – you have to say something like “Biblical [Read More…]

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