Another Year of Forgeries at SBL #AARSBL17

Malcolm Choat shared this call for papers on his Markers of Authenticity blog: CfP: Panel on Forgeries at SBL Annual Meeting Papers are invited for a panel on forgeries to be held at this year’s Society of Biblical Literature Meeting in Boston in November as part  of the ‘Papyrology and Early Christian Backgrounds’ program unit. The panel will [Read More…]

Theology and Science Fiction Interview

I’m delighted that Wipf and Stock gave me the opportunity to speak at length about the subject of my recent book, Theology and Science Fiction. The video above is a short excerpt, part of their ANNOTATE series. The fuller interview is below. I hope you enjoy them, and that they convince you to read the [Read More…]

Magnifi-Cat

After posting about the Magnificat this morning, a friend shared the above image with me on Facebook.   [Read more…]

The Latest Terrorist Attack

America has a real problem with terrorism, and we should all be very concerned. The situation involves immigrants, locals, and murder. As you may have heard, Adam Purinton – a white American – shot two people in Kansas, killing one of them, while shouting at them to go back to their country. The man who died from [Read More…]

Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis

These two “canticles” in Luke’s infancy story are not actually said to be “songs.” But they become music over and over again in the Anglican tradition, being so important to the Evening Service that composers have often set these words in multiple keys. And that provides something worth looking at in a course on the [Read More…]

Josephslegende

I was delighted to find this neglected contribution by Richard Strauss to the musical treatments of biblical stories. [Read more…]

BREAKING NEWS: 7 Earth-Sized Planets in Trappist-1 System, 3 in Habitable Zone!

NASA just announced that, using the Spitzer Telescope, they have detected a total of seven earth-like planets orbiting the star Trappist-1, and three of them lie in the habitable zone in which liquid water can exist. We can be sure that this system is going to be getting a lot of research attention in coming years. [Read More…]

Elijah for In-Choir-Ing Minds

Details in the image above about an upcoming event in Indianapolis, with discussion and some musical foretastes of the upcoming performance of Mendelssohn’s Elijah. The work is fascinating for those interested in the intersection of the Bible and music, from its dramatic beginning with Elijah’s curse, to its ending which incorporates a range of scripture. [Read More…]

The Church of the Force

IO9 highlighted how the new Star Wars novel Aftermath: Empire’s End has offered a religious justification for the way Obi-Wan lied to Luke in A New Hope. There a passage is read in the Church of the Force from the Journal of the Whills which says: The truth in our soul Is that nothing is true. [Read More…]

Andrei Petrov, Creation of the World Suite

The above piece by Russian composer Andrei Petrov is but one of many musical works inspired by the account of creation in Genesis. If you are in Indianapolis, don’t miss the performance tonight of Aaron Copland’s “In The Beginning”! [Read more…]