Undergrad History of Religion

I just discovered a Tumblr site called “UndergradHist.” Below are a few of my favorites related to religion, but please do click through and check out some of the others. They are all based on actual quotes from student assignments, and very funny. And to top it all off, here is a coping mechanism for [Read More...]

Students’ Prayer

Jeffrey Gibson has emphasized that the Lord's Prayer ought to be called the disciples' prayer. And I discussed recently in my Sunday school class the suggestion (inspired by his interpretation of the prayer) that the final/penultimate petition traditionally rendered as “lead us not into temptation” could in fact mean “Do not lead us into the [Read More...]

Estimates Suggest Thousands of Syllabuses Damaged by Winter Storms

As the first day of classes at most North American universities draws to a close, experts surveying the aftereffects of last week’s winter storms estimate that thousands of syllabuses nationwide may have been detrimentally affected by the severe weather. “With my children and spouse at home last week, there was little I could do,” said [Read More...]

Two Shekel Chuck

It has been proposed that the above Hebrew inscription may have indicated that the vessel contained wine of the lowest quality. The article’s proposed connections with Solomon are pure speculation, but given the traditions connecting Solomon’s court with a school of wisdom, it is fun to ponder whether, then as now, grad students were among [Read More...]

Everyone Is Not Different

I am astonished by how often students claim that “everyone is different” and think that they have said something relevant to discussion of topics such as morality or religion. Human beings are not entirely different from one another, and it is not clear that things which no two humans have in common pertain to either [Read More...]

Newton’s Three Laws of Graduation

Via Taptastic   [Read more...]

Like

So apparently now you can “like” things not only beyond Facebook, but even on paper. I wonder how many educators will/would use this stamp, and why or why not… UPDATE: Someone asked about a “dislike” stamp. Apparently there is indeed a set of Like and Dislike Stamps and you can buy them from Amazon.com!┬áHere’s a [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...]

Paradoc

The PHD Comic Doctor Who parody of the life of a post-doc continues: This isn't the first paradoc they have explored. A while back they did Zeno's:     [Read more...]

students and e-mail

Today's New York TImes features an article about students considering e-mail antiquated and not checking it, preferring texting and social media. The articles suggests that perhaps professors ought to adjust and start communicating with students via text instead of e-mail. Hogwash. Texting is simply not a convenient way to receive – or to send, for [Read More...]

Jesus’ Students

I came across this cartoon some time ago: It is worth reposting at the start of a new semester. We call them “disciples” but they were basically students. And as hard as an educator might try to explain things, students still ask questions like this one. Let me try once again to explain why the [Read More...]


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