Society for the Study of Music and the Bible

I had a conversation yesterday with fellow New Testament scholar Holly Hearon, and the conversation found its way to a topic of mutual interest, the intersection between music and our primary fields of research and teaching. I soon found myself persuaded that we need a society that brings together (online at least to begin with, [Read More...]

STS Instructor Position

A couple of courses I teach, such as “Religion and Science,” count towards the Science, Technology, and Society program here at Butler University. And so I thought I ought to circulate this job advertisement connected with that program: Instructor Science, Technology and Society Program Butler University announces an Instructor position in its Science, Technology and [Read More...]

Drought, Earthquake, and the Emergence of Israel

Eric Cline has made the case that an earthquake storm in the Eastern Mediterranean region and Anatolia may have created the context in which early Israel emerged, as the resulting cutting of trade routes and system collapse brought about the demise of Canaanite civilization – and others – as they had existed up to this [Read More...]

The Sequel to the Good Samaritan

Rev. Brian Konkol recently wrote a guest post at Faith Forward about the parable of the Good Samaritan. Here is an excerpt: While the Parable of the Good Samaritan is brilliantly effective for what Jesus seemingly sought to promote, one can argue that out-of-context misinterpretations have since initiated numerous incomplete social movements, which in turn [Read More...]

Nestle-Aland Greek New Testament 28th Edition Online for Free

As a number of other bloggers have already mentioned, the NA28 – that is, the latest critical edition of the Greek New Testament – can be read online for free. It lacks the critical apparatus indicating differences between manuscripts, and features just the eclectic text, i.e. what the committee decided was most likely to represent [Read More...]

Are Church and Society Collapsing Together?

On Facebook, I had my attention drawn to an interesting article by Margaret Wente about the decline of the liberal church, focusing on the United Church of Canada. It is an interesting article, but it deserves to be read carefully, since it acknowledges that pretty much the only churches not in decline are connected with [Read More...]

Can Non-Liberal Christianity Be Saved?

I shared Ross Douthat’s recent New York Times piece, asking whether Liberal Christianity can be saved, on Facebook, and it has generated quite a lot of response. Let me start by sharing some thoughts of my own, and then share a number of links to blog posts and articles elsewhere that relate to this topic. [Read More...]

The Hunger Games

Tonight I went to see the movie The Hunger Games with my son. It is fantastic and well deserving of all the attention it is getting. But in addition to being a movie with excitement and adventure that can be enjoyed by fans young and old, the movie also offers sharp social criticism. I won’t [Read More...]

Kindle Books as Gifts (and Interesting Information about Amazon)

I was browsing on Amazon.com today when I noticed that it is possible to give a Kindle book as a gift. As someone who wonders about the appropriateness of sending electronic greeting cards and the like, I also wonder about the giving of electronic gifts. In this high tech era we live in, would you [Read More...]


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