Amazing Lookalike?

There is apparently a blog devoted to Biblical scholars and their lookalikes. This isn’t the first time that someone has suggested that I resemble actor Paul Giamatti: I think mine may be the only one on the site where there’s a genuine resemblance. What do others think?   [Read more...]

A Polite Bribe at Butler University

A Polite Bribe: See the Movie, Meet the Filmmaker A showing of the critically-acclaimed film “A Polite Bribe” by Robert Orlando will take place onThursday, November 13, at 7pm, in Gallahue Hall, room 108. The showing will be followed by a Q&A discussion, featuring Robert Orlando himself, together with Dr. James F. McGrath of Butler’s Department [Read More...]

Robot Fundamentalists

The website IO9 highlighted my work on religion and artificial intelligence today. Click through to take a look. The chapter that article mentions is available on my Selected Works page. It is from the volume I edited, Religion and Science Fiction:. The coolest part was that a former student of mine spotted the piece even [Read More...]

After the Exile: The Transition from Pre-Exilic Judah and Israel to Post-Exilic Judaism

Here’s another audio podcast with screen capture from a class I taught. This is actually the first half of a class period, the second half of which was on the Psalms and which I shared yesterday. [Read more...]

Class on the Psalms and Hebrew Poetry

I will be working through some screen and audio captures I made during my class on the Bible a while back, looking to see whether some or all of it may be useful when I teach a version of that course online next summer, as well as perhaps for students taking the course during the [Read More...]

The Only True God in Paperback

My book The Only True God: Early Christian Monotheism in Its Jewish Context is now at long last available in paperback! My first author's copy arrived a few days ago, and it now shows up on Amazon.com as available. Click the link above for more details. Some of you have been waiting a long time [Read More...]

Religion and Science Fiction: A Special Offer for Readers of Exploring Our Matrix

The book I edited, Religion and Science Fiction, is now available for purchase via the publisher’s web site. And for a limited time, I am able to offer readers of this blog a discount coupon code! For a limited time, purchase Religion and Science Fiction on the publisher’s website and receive a 40% discount off [Read More...]

Blogging Israel Round-Up

For those friends and family who missed my series of posts about my trip to Israel while I was there, here’s a round-up of the posts from the trip: Tel AvivFrom Tel Aviv to Jerusalem to Bethlehem and HebronThe Old City of JerusalemQuote of the Day (Jerome Murphy-O’Connor)The Dead SeaLast Full Day in JerusalemOn the [Read More...]

A Hundred Posts, A Thousand Comments

I’d say that Exploring Our Matrix is off to a pretty good start here at its new location on the Patheos site. Today it reached a hundred posts and exceeded a thousand comments. While I think that this suggests that all is well, milestones like this provide a good opportunity for reflection and feedback. So [Read More...]

Hello, Patheos!

The generic first blog post is titled “Hello, World!” Since my blog Exploring Our Matrix has been around for years, and is simply moving to a new home at Patheos, I thought I would start with a post introducing the blog and its author to readers who may discover it here for the first time. [Read More...]


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