I Still/No Longer Believe

There’s been another interesting convergence of the blogosphere. Brandon Withrow shared his story of losing faith while teaching at seminary, and as a result departing from there. Christopher Skinner blogged about it, and asked what it is that leads to this experience being so common (UPDATE: see also his follow-up post about Jay Oord’s departure from [Read More...]

When A Professor’s Son Discovers RateMyProfessor.com

I had an interesting experience today. My son, who is in high school, told me that he had looked me up on RateMyProfessor.com. I’m sure a worried look crossed my face, but I tried my best to retain my composure. Not a lot of students have commented about me and my classes there. But as [Read More...]

Quote for the Start of Semester

The quote from Jimmy Wales, founder of Wikipedia, comes from an article in the Chronicle of Higher Education, “Wikipedia Founder Discourages Academic Use of His Creation.” The same can be said of the dictionary – I find it hard to believe that I get students starting essays with “Webster’s Dictionary defines…” – or worse still, [Read More...]

Freedom of Religion Panel Discussion

A few weeks ago, I was part of a panel discussion on the topic of freedom of religion at Butler University. It was recorded, and even though the sound quality is not excellent, I still think it may be worth sharing. [Read more...]

I’m a Professor

I saw the above on the Facebook page S@!t Academics Say, which also shared this example of what a professor really did: put a photo of himself on his door so that students may think they are talking to him when they aren’t! Also of interest, via the same page – this PHD comic about [Read More...]

Biblical Studies Carnival September 2014 and More

The latest Biblical Studies Carnival has been posted on the Cataclysmic blog. See also Reading Acts for information about future carnivals – and opportunities to host them. Brian Small has the past month’s Hebrews Highlights. There is lots more that is new on the Bible Odyssey website. Of related interest, David Stark shared information about University [Read More...]

Proof That God Loves Us

I fact-checked the quote about beer that is often attributed to Ben Franklin (“Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy”), and found that it is an adaptation of something that Franklin wrote about wine: On parle de la conversion de l’eau en vin, à la nôce de Cana, comme d’un [Read More...]

Are Biblioblogs Dying?

Brian LePort and then Claude Mariottini asked whether biblioblogs are dying. No, they aren't. Of course, Brian went on to ask the question in a manner more focused on blogs about the Bible run by laypeople and students. With more professors and professionals blogging, there may well be a decline in interest in some biblioblogs. [Read More...]

Required Religion

I am grateful to Stephen Carlson for directing my attention to Required Religion on Tumblr, which is gifs depicting the experiences of a religion professor. There are so many I can relate to, such as this one, depicting how a professor feels when students won’t talk: And this one, “How I feel when I find [Read More...]

Durham Research Online

Many readers will already be aware of the University of Durham E-Theses repository, where digital copies of dissertations are made available. But there is also a larger institutional repository, Durham Research Online, which allows one to search and find not only theses but also articles and other materials written and published by Durham academics. Visit http://dro.dur.ac.uk/ and [Read More...]

A Professor’s Prayer

And a couple more great recent items from PHD Comics:   [Read more...]