The Letter Kills

This cartoon by David Hayward might seem anti-Biblical to some. But that’s only because they’ve missed that the Bible itself directs attention away from its pages elsewhere. As Paul puts it, “The letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.” And yet many in our time bizarrely associate Christianity with letter-fixation. [Read more...]

Reluctant Adopter of New Technology

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Helen Bond’s Ten Things About Jesus

Helen Bond has a new article in The Bible and Interpretation, “Ten Things I Learnt about Jesus by Writing a Book about him.” It offers a nice, balanced overview of some key points related to both the methods and the conclusions of the scholarly quest for the historical Jesus. The book she is referring to is [Read More...]

Is the Oldest Science Fiction in the Talmud?

Anthony Le Donne suggested on his blog (and in a recent conference paper) that a story in the Babylonian Talmud, in b. Menaḥoth 29b, might be the first science fiction story. In it, Moses time travels to Rabbi Akiba’s time. But is time travel enough to make a story science fiction? I’ve long pondered this topic, namely [Read More...]

#sblaar Religion and Science Fiction at 40% Off!

If you are at the conference and are interested in the intersection of religion and science fiction, don't miss the opportunity to purchase Religion and Science Fiction at a 40% discount off the usual price! Just visit the Wipf and Stock display, where it is easily spotted!   [Read more...]

Giveaway Winners

OK, it is Monday, and so it is time to pick and announce the two winners of copies of The Christian World of The Hobbit by Devin Brown, courtesy of Patheos. Using a random number generator, I’ve determined that the winners are…[drumroll]: comments #5 and #22! Which means that the winners are [drumroll continues]:  Dan Wilkinson and [Read More...]

Giveaway: Two Copies of The Christian World of the Hobbit

Thanks to Patheos, I have two copies to give away of the book which I blogged about yesterday, The Christian World of The Hobbit by Devin Brown. I will select the winners at random from among those who comment on this post you are currently reading. An eligible entry is a comment that mentions something [Read More...]

Review of The Christian World of the Hobbit

I am grateful to have the opportunity to participate in the Patheos Book Club this month, focused on Devin Brown’s book The Christian World of The Hobbit. A book by this title might seem to some to be precisely the sort of book that they typically gravitate towards or make a concerted effort to avoid. [Read More...]

Winning Ugaritic

Jim West announced on his blog today that I was the winner of his giveaway of the brand new volume An Introduction to Ugaritic by John Huenegard. Since he said that I had the most compelling answer regarding why I deserved the book, it seemed it might be worth sharing what I wrote. I realize [Read More...]

What Religious Extremists Fear Most

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The Future Format of Books?

Tim Bulkeley has written a book. The title is Not Only a Father: Talk of God as Mother in the Bible and Christian Tradition. You can buy it in traditional printed book format if you are so inclined. But he has also done some other interesting and perhaps radically innovative things with it. He’s made [Read More...]


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