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...]

Oh, So That’s Why!

HT Peter Enns on Facebook   [Read more...]

You Know What I Did Last Summer

Summers are special times for professors. At the start of them, we make implausibly grandiose plans about what we are going to accomplish during them. At the end of them, we wonder where the time has gone. Here are some of the things I did this summer: Took students to Israel. Finished work on translating [Read More...]

Online Sources in the Classroom

In my current teaching, I focus increasing amounts of attention on the discerning use of online sources of information. People no longer rack their brains to recall facts learned in school. They will pull out a device and look up what they want to know. And so, while some factual information is crucial in order [Read More...]

Who Thinks Professors are Unfriendly towards Religion?

Some people do in just about every category imaginable. But in only two categories in a recent survey (and those categories overlap to a degree that continues to bewilder me) did a majority think that professors are unfriendly towards religion. Can you guess which ones before checking the chart below (which was shared by Jerry [Read More...]

What Students Don’t Know: Mindset Lists and Digital Natives

I had a post on this topic in mind since I read the piece in Inside Higher Ed a few days ago entitled “What Students Don’t Know.” This sample quote sums up a situation that has increasingly become the focus of my teaching and my classes: The most alarming finding in the ERIAL studies was [Read More...]

Back to School

For many of us, return to teaching or studying has just happened, is in the process of happening, or is about to happen. And so I thought I would create an open thread on that topic. Are you teaching/studying? What are you looking forward to, or apprehensive about, in the coming semester or academic year? [Read More...]


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