Martin Luther King and the Quest for a Just Society

This semester, my freshman seminar course “Faith, Doubt and Reason” focuses on utopias, dystopias, and the quest for community and a just society. Since we start tomorrow, the day after Martin Luther King Day, I moved the readings – in fact, viewings – up to the very first day of class. Most people are familiar [Read More...]

Biblical Breakfast?

I just saw this on Jesus Needs New PR: It definitely cries out for someone to photoshop it so that it mentions Ezekiel 4:12 and is proudly said to have been baked over excrement! [Read more...]

The Burial of Jesus, the James Ossuary, and the Talpiot Tomb

I’ve been revising The Burial of Jesus: History and Faith and I hope a second edition of it will be available as a ebook at some point in the future. One topic that has given me pause is the intersection of the questions related to the New Testament evidence, the James Ossuary, and the Talpiot [Read More...]

Tim Tebow Have I Loved, The Metric System Have I Hated?

I was going to refrain from posting anything on the topic of Tim Tebow throwing 316 yards. But since it is 2012, and in addition to the Mayan calendar, apparently Ronald Weinland (formerly of the Worldwide Church of God) is predicting the end of the world this year, it seems worth mentioning both, since they [Read More...]

Quote of the Day (Andrew Perriman)

“This is the problem—one of the problems—that the modern church has with reading the Bible. Very often what we mean when we affirm the clarity or perspicuity of scripture is that we can see the immediate details, we can understand the isolated verse or paragraph. The human mind is extremely adept at making apparent sense of [Read More...]

Quote of the Day (Matthew R. Schlimm)

“No reader of Genesis has literally been expelled from the Garden of Eden. No reader has seen firsthand the cherubim and whirling, flaming sword east of the tree of life. And yet, Genesis clearly invites its readers to adopt Adam and Eve as metaphorical representations of themselves. In fact, it is a casualty of translation [Read More...]

“Honesty Above Propriety”: Biblical Pictures Worth More Than A Thousand Words

Via Rachel Held Evans, I learned of Jim LePage’s “Word Bible Designs” which attempt to encapsulate what is central to a book in the Bible in a single image. Many of them are provocative, in ways that range from the gory to the racy to the simply creative and striking. Here are a few samples: [Read More...]

Picking and Choosing

From Calamities of Nature HT Evolving Thoughts [Read more...]

If You Can’t Have the Bible You’d Love, Love the Bible You Have

I probably shouldn’t tamper with the wording of a song for the title of this post. Cee Lo Green has sparked a lot of controversy with his New Year’s Eve rendition of John Lennon’s “Imagine,” in which he changed “no religion, too” to “all religion’s true.” But in fact, what Cee Lo did with the [Read More...]

Sacred Techs

The blog Sacred Techs is now live, and will focus on the use of modern technology to study Biblical and other ancient texts.  It has a corresponding podcast (also available via iTunes) as well. If you are interested in the intersection of the sacred and the techs, you’ll want to keep an eye on this [Read More...]

Star Trek vs. Star Wars: Exclusivism, Inclusivism and Pluralism

Bob Cargill pointed out to me an article in CNN about the latest volleys in the Star Trek vs. Star Wars wars, with not only fans but actors getting involved in the controversy (and George Takei’s entertaining attempt to argue for the need for peace so as to face a common foe). To me, the [Read More...]


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