Special Edition “Make America Great Again” Hat

This special edition Donald Trump campaign hat came to my attention via Facebook, and I thought I’d share it… [Read more…]

Charlie Jane Anders at Butler University

Charlie Jane Anders will be visiting Butler University on April 6th, and so I’m assigning a couple of her short stories in my class on utopias and dystopias. Here are the two that I thought were particularly relevant to the theme, plus two others which are slightly less related. The Day It All Ended The Fermi [Read More…]

Studies in Late Antiquity

A new open access journal has been launched: Studies in Late Antiquity. Studies in Late Antiquity Launches First Issue This is different from the book series with that title that I blogged about a while back. I learned about both from the same source, however, and so tip of the hat to Jim Davila.   [Read more…]

Fake News is Old News in Religious Studies

It was recently drawn to my attention that the fact-checking and debunking website Snopes links to a blog post of mine, on the subject of the hoax that regularly circulates about chariot wheels allegedly being found in the Red Sea. It struck me not long after that that hoax is in fact an example of [Read More…]

Ancient Hebrew Cosmology

Ben Stanhope shared the following image he made depicting how ancient Hebrews understood their physical world: I might quibble about minor details – for instance, I think that when Genesis talks about the waters gathering together into one place called “seas,” it has in mind the Mediterranean and adjoining seas in the midst of the [Read More…]

February 2017 Biblical Studies Carnival

Jacob Prahlow has shared the latest Biblical Studies Carnival. Phil Long has details on upcoming carnivals, including an opportunity for you to volunteer to host one! [Read more…]

For Lent

I am sure that you can Google “filioque” if you don’t get the joke. Try “Pope Francis” and “Bartholomew I” if you don’t recognize the two individuals in the image… [Read more…]

If It Happened Today, In Our Galaxy…

If the Star Wars movies had been commenting on very recent events, this is how things might have unfolded. Here’s the interesting question: If the prequels had gone in this direction, how would the original trilogy have to be revised? What would be different, and how might those differences offer commentary on our current political [Read More…]

An American Conscience: The Reinhold Niebuhr Story

On March 27th at 6:30pm, Butler University will host a screening of Martin Doblmeier’s new movie An American Conscience: The Reinhold Neibuhr Story. To RSVP or for more information, visit EventBrite.   [Read more…]

Coloring Lent

On this Ash Wednesday, I am happy to have the chance to blog about a book that is different, I think, from any other that I’ve reviewed. I was sent a review copy of the adult coloring book Coloring Lent. I confess that, while I have been aware of the growing popularity of this genre, I haven’t [Read More…]