Research in Religious Studies Conference Call for Papers

From Jim Linville: The Religious Studies Department, at the University of Lethbridge, will present the 10th Annual Research in Religious Studies Conference on May 5 – 6, 2012. The conference provides undergraduate and graduate level students with the opportunity to present papers on the history, belief, practices, cultural contexts, and artistic or literary expressions of [Read More...]

Jesus, Criteria and the Demise of Authenticity

Several bloggers have mentioned the upcoming conference and accompanying book, with the title Jesus, Criteria, and the Demise of Authenticity. It might seem that the title could more naturally have been “Jesus and the Demise of Criteria of Authenticity.” But I suspect that the wording is intentional – what has changed is not so much [Read More...]

Call for Papers: Philip K. Dick Conference in San Francisco next September

The blog Philip K. Dick and Religion posted an announcement about the plans for a conference on Philip K. Dick next September, and so I thought it should be passed on. Click through for more information.   [Read more...]

Cylon Resurrection and More from the Last Day #AARSBL #SBLAAR

If you didn’t get a copy of Religion and Science Fiction at AAR/SBL, one of the people you can blame is Jim Linville, who apparently was one of those who snatched up a copy. But when it inspired him to make this LOLcat image, I don’t think anyone can be mad at him, or indeed [Read More...]

Religion and Science Fiction Sold Out at #AARSBL #SBLAAR

Religion and Science Fiction sold out at the AAR/SBL conference, and so the publisher has decided to make the conference discount of 40% off available to anyone who contacts the publisher and indicates that they would have liked to have purchased it with the conference discount but could not because it sold out. I asked, [Read More...]

2013 Conference on Mandaeism

I’d been waiting for an update on a conference which had initially been proposed to be held this summer. Here’s the updated information from the ARAM Society web site: Mandaeism, 25-28 July 2013 (University of Stockholm – Sweden) ARAM Society for Syro-Mesopotamian Studies is organizing its Thirty Seventh International Conference on the theme of Mandaeism, [Read More...]

It’s Finally Here: The AAR/SBL App for iPhone/iPad!

The app for iPhone and iPad that has been designed for those attending the AAR/SBL 2011 Annual Meeting has finally been released. Click here to get it on iTunes! Stephen Cook spotted its appearance even before we received notification from AAR or SBL, and I am grateful that he shared the fact that he had [Read More...]

Together Again (Op-Ed in The Bible and Interpretation)

An opinion piece I wrote for The Bible and Interpretation has appeared on their web site. [Read more...]

Biblioblogger (and Religion Blogger?) Meeting in San Francisco

Bob Cargill has taken the initiative (as Jim West, Mark Goodacre and Dan McClellan have already shared) in trying to get bibliobloggers organized and moving forward in planning to meet up at the Society of Biblical Literature conference in November in San Francisco. I’d like to suggest that, in view of the conference’s reunion with [Read More...]

Happy 7th Anniversary, LOST Fans!

Nikki Stafford offered anniversary wishes on her blog, reminding us that it is 7 years since the first episode of LOST aired. How time flies. Nikki will be the keynote speaker at the upcoming LOST mini-conference in New Orleans in October. The program can be viewed online. [Read more...]

Artificial Minds and Human Religions

Given the recent release of Religion and Science Fiction, it is timely that I am able to share a chapter of mine from a conference volume which was published in Romania, and which thus will not get a lot of attention elsewhere, but which was a precursor to and overlaps with my chapter in Religion [Read More...]


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