The Landscape of the Religion Blogosphere

I’m not sure that I was aware of the report, released in 2010, about the “New Landscape of the Religion Blogosphere.” I was directed to it by another blog that I was previously unaware of, Religion Scholars in Progress. Both will potentially be useful to those who are focusing on the theme of Biblical studies [Read More...]

The Day of the Doctor

This is apparently the official poster for the Doctor Who 50th anniversary special. The BBC has released some additional details about the episode. A pressing question for some of us is this: What were the American Academy of Religion and Society of Biblical Literature thinking, scheduling their annual meeting so that it overlaps with such [Read More...]

SBL Program Book Available

Thanks to Dan McClellan for pointing out that the Society of Biblical Literature 2013 Annual Meeting program book is now online. Below are details of the two sessions in which I’m presenting, and I’ve included links in the titles of my papers to the abstracts for them: S23-228 Metacriticism of Biblical Scholarship 11/23/2013 1:00 PM [Read More...]

Time and Relative Dimensions in Faith: Contents

I am pleased to be able to share a list of the contributors and chapter titles for the forthcoming book Time and Relative Dimensions in Faith: Religion and Doctor Who: Time and Relative Dimensions in Faith Contents Acknowledgements   Andrew Crome, Introduction   Courtland Lewis, ‘Why Time Lords do not live forever’ Gabriel McKee, ‘Pushing [Read More...]

Teaching Religion Online

The “Spotlight on Teaching” section of the latest issue of Religious Studies News is focused on online education. It includes interesting articles such as: Sandie Gravett, “Rethinking Online Education” Erica Andrus, “Introducing Religion to Cyberstudents” John Strong, “Hybrid or Blended Teaching Formats” John Baumann, “The Challenge of Online Education” Annie Blazer and Brandi Denison, “The Internet [Read More...]

AAR Traditions of East Late Antiquity Session

Here is the lineup for the Traditions of East Late Antiquity Exploratory Session that will take place at AAR in November: From Jerusalem to the Karûn: What can Mandaean Geographies Tell Us? Charles Häberl, Rutgers University “On the Creation of Adam”: A Greek/Syriac “Kephalaion” from Titus of Bostra’s Contra Manichaeos Timothy Pettipiece, University of Ottawa [Read More...]

AAR Paper Proposal Deadline Extended AGAIN!

The notification below came via e-mail from the American Academy of Religion (it did not include the logo, which I added just for fun, because I did not previously know that this was another thing that “AAR” stood for): PAPERS DEADLINE EXTENDED – SUBMISSION DEADLINE IS NOW MARCH 6, 2013 Dear AAR Members, The Program [Read More...]

AAR and SBL Call for Papers: The End is Near!

First, Daniel Kirk shared some advice about browser issues when submitting paper proposals – in short, if you have issues with one browser, try another! The SBL paper proposal deadline is a little over an hour away. If you plan to submit one, you need to do so quickly! Bloggers who've submitted their proposals are [Read More...]

Mos Eisley #SBLAAR 2012 Annual Meeting

An article in the New York Times today compared the recent joint annual meeting of the American Academy of Religion and the Society of Biblical Literature to the Mos Eisley Cantina. And that is a moment at the intersection of religion and science fiction that I couldn’t allow to pass unmentioned! Brian Le Port offered [Read More...]

Home From #SBLAAR

I’m back home safe and sound from the conference in Chicago. I expect that blogging not related to the conference will resume pretty much immediately, and I may try to go back and blog about some of the highlights which I have not managed to yet, if there is interest. John Dominic Crossan’s keynote address [Read More...]

#sblaar Mandaean Running

Yesterday morning was the first bit of genuinely free time I have had at the conference, and so I spent some time in the book exhibit and elsewhere, talking with friends. This rest was helpful in preparing for what lay in store that afternoon… First there was a session on mysticism, esotericism, and Gnosticism, in [Read More...]


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