Rob Bell in Indianapolis

Letting you know about this upcoming event. It is close to sold out, so if you plan to attend, you should act fast! [Read more…]

H(igher)Ed Games

I’m having conversations with colleagues about making some variations of Canon that focus on core curriculum learning outcomes, literary or musical canons, and one or more new games focusing on chord formation and chord progressions in music. The latter will probably be called “Playing Chords,” since a double pun – on the two meanings of playing, and cards [Read More…]

Trump: Not a Polished Human Being

After watching the vice-presidential debate this evening, I was struck by many things. But the highlight for me was when, after Pence had brought forth his Evangelical credentials, and then defended Trump for some things he had said by emphasizing that he isn’t a “polished politician,” Kaine responded with a thoroughly appropriate Bible verse, Luke 6:45, “out of [Read More…]

Theology and Science Fiction: Now Available on

If you’re among those who’ve been waiting for my latest book to be available on Amazon, your wait is over. It is now listed as in stock! In addition to the paperback book, it is also available for Kindle. And you can find it through Amazon in other countries too, with local shipping options.   [Read more…]

Elaine Pagels Honored by President Barack Obama

The video above includes video footage of Elaine Pagels receiving a National Humanities Medal for her work. Fast forward to 26:21 for that part. The video was drawn to my attention in an article in NewsWorks which also includes a lot of interesting details about Pagels’ life. Click through to read it! [Read more…]

That Escalated Quickly

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Genesis as Ink Blot

What do you think? Do you find this analogy which Daniel Eaton came up with helpful? Of related interest, see Will Hart Brown’s reflections on comparisons between creation in Babylonian myths and the Bible. [Read more…]

Dust in the Wind (Ecclesiastes 1:2)

This meme was inspired by a comment left on Facebook, after I shared Robert Holmstedt’s post about how to render the Hebrew word hevel in Ecclesiastes 1:2 and elsewhere. I think “dust in the wind” (a la Kansas) is a better fit than the Rolling Stones rendering, “I can’t get no satisfaction”… [Read more…]

Theology and Science Fiction Flyer

Here is a link to a flyer about my new book, Theology and Science Fiction. It may be useful for you to pass it on to your local university or public library, as a recommendation for them to purchase it. [Read more…]

The Myth of Mythicism and Undebunkable Skepticism

Jonathan Bernier noted in a recent post “the special pleading involved in rejecting a consensus position adopted by virtually every New Testament scholar (that Jesus existed) while accepting without reflection a consensus position adopted by most but hardly all such scholars. If we are all mistaken on something so fundamental to the discipline, then how [Read More…]