Episcop-Aliens

I couldn’t resist sharing this meme, falling as it does at the intersection of religion and science fiction. I would also like to seize this opportunity to thank Episcopalians for their efforts on behalf of aliens in the terrestrial sense – refugees and immigrants. And I should mention as well that in my book Theology and [Read More…]

Digital Humanities Opportunities

First, a call for papers for a new academic book series exploring the intersection of Christianity and the Digital Humanities: Second, from Princeton University: Application for Postdoctoral Research Associate  (Application link here) The Center for Digital Humanities (CDH) at Princeton University invites applications for a two-year Digital Humanities Postdoctoral Fellowship, starting in July 2017. As [Read More…]

Bishop as Composer

The above is a setting of the Psalms known as the “songs of ascent” (or similar titles), by Russian Orthodox bishop and composer Hilarion Alfeyev. Below is his setting of St. Matthew’s Passion. And here is his Christmas Oratorio:     He is also the author of numerous books…   [Read more…]

Introducing Metrical Psalms

For the first time since I’ve been teaching, I brought a guitar with me to class and sang to/with my students. Teaching a course on the Bible and music does strange things to one’s pedagogy. I decided to record the class, mainly so that I could see what it was like. Not nearly as bad [Read More…]

Choose Your Miracle

I came across the meme above on Facebook. On the one hand, it does usefully highlight the willingness of many atheists to posit the seemingly miraculous, ironically precisely in an attempt to do away with the need to discuss any ideas of God or transcendence. But on the other hand, it is unclear how a [Read More…]

The Quest for Consonance

The Quest for Consonance THE QUEST FOR CONSONANCE: THEOLOGY AND THE NATURAL SCIENCES MCKENNA HALL CONFERENCE CENTER UNIVERSITY OF NOTRE DAME APRIL 2-5, 2017   What is the relationship between faith and reason, theology and philosophy, religion and science? Since the rise of contemporary philosophies of science in the 1960s, there has been a growing [Read More…]

Wrong Hail Mary

CNN reported that a Catholic Church in Sri Lanka printed the wrong lyrics to “Hail Mary” in the bulletin for their Christmas service. The lyrics to the Tupac song “Hail Mary” were not what the church intended for people to sing… I have seen a lot of church bulletins where even cursory proofreading could have prevented embarrassment. [Read More…]

Not Liberal, Just Literate

Hemant Mehta drew attention to an article in the Star Tribune about meteorologist Paul Douglas, who is an Evangelical Christian and wants to persuade his fellow Christians to accept the evidence for climate change. The quote in the meme comes via the article, but is originally from his recent book, Caring for Creation. [Read more…]

What is the Mission of the Church?

Rev. Bob Yount’s sermon this past Sunday is the basis for my reflections in this blog post. He emphasized that the church was never supposed to be a place that people are brought to in order to hear the gospel. It is supposed to be a place where Christians are taught and prepared to bring good [Read More…]

The Worst Way to Evangelize

Jacob Wright wrote the following on Facebook, and I asked for permission to share it. The worst way to evangelize is to ask someone that “if they died tonight do they know they would go to heaven.” The reason is because it’s not the gospel. It has nothing to with the gospel or the kingdom. [Read More…]