What If Arianism Had Won?

Diarmaid MacCulloch lectures on this speculative alternative history, covering a lot of interesting real history in the process. HT Mike Bird. [Read more...]

Reading Genesis With Ancient Eyes

John Walton discusses the interpretation of Genesis’ creation stories. HT Allan Bevere [Read more...]

Katherine Jefferts Schori C. S. Lewis Legacy Lecture

Episcopal Cafe shared the above lecture delivered at Westminster College by the presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church USA. It touches on subjects of creation, science, and meaning. [Read more...]

The Hero of Our Own Story

I am grateful to Brandon Withrow for making a guest appearance in my course on religion and freedom of expression yesterday. He and Menachem Wecker have a forthcoming book, Consider No Evil, focusing on religion and academic freedom, which is the fourth and final major topic in this year-long course. They have set up a [Read More...]

Mr. Putin Goes to Church

On Tuesday,┬áNadieszda Kizenko, Patrick Michelson, and Paul Valliere spoke at Butler about religion and freedom of expression in Russia, focusing on the now famous case of the punk band Pussy Riot and their “Punk Prayer” video that got so much attention on Facebook. The video of the lecture is now available, and I want to [Read More...]

Bart Ehrman on the Gospel of Judas

Bart Ehrman gave the lecture above at a very strange place. In the YouTube sidebar, it recommended another lecture Ehrman gave at the Getty Museum:   [Read more...]

Schiffman – Messages from the Dead Sea Scrolls

Lecture by Lawrence Schiffman [Read more...]

James Kugel Lecture on Biblical Interpretation

HT Scott Bailey [Read more...]

The Divine Name

This is a recording of an excerpt from a class – a student asked a question about the divine name, and I answered providing a lot of background and contextual information. [Read more...]

Myths of Mary and the Married Jesus

Here is a video of the recent Cadbury Lecture delivered by Mark Goodacre at the University of Birmingham: [Read more...]

Lecture on the Book of Revelation

The last class topic of the semester, this lecture begins with a bit of background about apocalyptic literature such as the Book of Daniel, covers general points about the Book of Revelation, and then tackles the number of the Beast, mentioning some prior proposed identifications both frivolous and serious. [Read more...]


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