The Burial of Jesus: Second Edition Published!

I am happy to finally be able to announce that the second edition of my book The Burial of Jesus: What Does History Have to Do with Faith? has now been released by Patheos Press and is now available for purchase in Kindle format on Amazon.com. Versions in Nook and iBooks format are planned for [Read More...]

Evangelical Evolutionary Religious Naturalism

Michael Dowd has a blog post that reworks some fundamental tenets of Evangelicalism to be more in keeping with his own naturalistic and evolutionary faith. The whole thing is worth reading (and so I encourage you to click through to read it), but here are the key elements of his transformed creed: Reality is my [Read More...]

Church Professional Blurb Appeal for The Burial of Jesus

Yesterday I issued an appeal for scholars who are willing and able to provide a blurb about my book, written for a general audience, The Burial of Jesus: History and Faith, which will be coming out in a second edition from Patheos Press. Today, I’m asking whether there are any church professionals – pastors, youth [Read More...]

Help Needed With The Burial of Jesus

I was tempted to say “the reburial of Jesus” or “second Burial of Jesus” in the title of this post, but having recently discussed the Talpiot tomb and related topics, I feared that might result in misunderstandings. Even so, I hope you enjoy the double meaning of the title. My book The Burial of Jesus: [Read More...]

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...]

Jesus: “Hitch Didn’t Hate Me”

HT The Lead While there have unsurprisingly been arrogant, misguided and unhelpful comments from Christians, there have also been some particularly appreciative ones. Here’s an example from Bo Sanders: “Hitchens helped me by rabidly critiquing that false god of Empire and cutting open the giant bloated carcass of Christendom with razor-sharp clarity.”   [Read more...]

Biblical Studies Carnival 69 at Remnant of Giants

As a Doctor Who fan, I was tempted to call this “Carnival of Giants” as a mash-up of two episode titles, “Carnival of Monsters” and “Planet of the Giants.” But even though I didn’t, there is still a giant carnival over at Deane Galbraith’s blog Remnant of Giants. There are some posts from here and [Read More...]

A Hitchhiker’s Guide to Jesus: How to Ask Hard Questions

This is the third installment in my blog review of A Hitchhiker’s Guide to Jesus, which is part of the blog tour organized by the publisher. In my experience, students are less daunted by or opposed to the asking of really difficult questions when those questions are seen to be posed or raised by the [Read More...]

Doctor Who and Exodus: On Discovering Your God’s Limitations

Perhaps the most significant thing that we have known all along but were reminded of forcefully in “The Girl Who Waited” is this: the Doctor is not infallible. It is not a given that he will make everything right by the end of the episode or the end of the season or the final episode [Read More...]

Sooner or Later It Comes Down To Faith

In one of my classes, after discussing a number of difficulties and issues related to the creation stories in Genesis, a student chimed in that sooner or later one simply has to have faith. I didn’t disagree, but instead asked: What sort of faith, and faith in what? We had already read part of Paul [Read More...]

Are Atheists Basically Just Like Liberal Believers?

The title of this post is intentionally provocative. It reverses the similarity that some conservative religious believers (and some atheists) will at times use polemically, claiming that liberal believers are, for all practical purposes, no different from atheists. I don’t want to deny that there is a distinction, or that there are similarities. What I [Read More...]


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