October 15, 2018

The second episode of this season of Doctor Who made very clear that we’re in the same universe with the same Doctor, regenerated. There were a lot of references to the classic series, from the opening credits to the very end. Sure, it featured a space race that the Doctor found herself and her companions inadvertently in the middle of. That’s happened before on the show, more than once. But this time there was more of a self aware approach to the… Read more

October 14, 2018

I recently had the delightful experience of visiting McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago, to speak to a class on “Science Fiction and Spiritual Imagination.” The class had been assigned my book Theology and Science Fiction as one of their textbooks. They also read Octavia Butler’s Parable of the Sower and Mary Doria Russell’s The Sparrow. The students (as well as faculty teaching the course) sent me questions ahead of time, and they were truly exciting and thrilling, because they showed… Read more

October 13, 2018

This call for papers came my way and seemed worth circulating:   CALL FOR PAPERS for a topical issue of Open Theology Digital Humanities in Biblical Studies and Theology   Edited by:  Dr. Claire Clivaz, Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics (Lausanne, CH), Vital-IT Dr. Garrick V. Allen, Dublin City University (Ireland)   DESCRIPTION “Open Theology” (http://www.degruyter.com/view/j/opth) invites submissions for the topical issue “Digital Humanities in Biblical Studies and Theology”.   The topic comprises all topics related to the digitization of biblical and… Read more

October 12, 2018

According to young earth creationists, Adam had a 24 hour day to name all the animals (Gen. 2:20). Fun fact 1: scientists estimate approximately 8.7 million animal species currently live on earth; millions more species are extinct. Fun fact 2: There are 86,400 seconds in a day. — Tentative Apologist (@RandalRauser) October 11, 2018 Randal Rauser made the point above in a tweet. I’m not sure that there is anything that needs to be added, except that this might be… Read more

October 11, 2018

Listening to N. T. Wright’s book The Challenge of Jesus (as an audiobook, checked out from my local public library via the Libby app straight to my phone) has given me a new appreciation for Wright’s work and conclusions, many or all of which are argued more thoroughly in others of his books, but in those contexts are not always woven together into story form in the manner they are here. I’ve noted often that the study of the historical… Read more

October 10, 2018

This week’s episode of the ReligionProf Podcast features one of the leading figures in biblical archaeology, Eric Cline of George Washington University. If you’re at all familiar with this field, you’ve undoubtedly encountered his work. In addition to an incredible career in excavation and research, Eric has also done a wonderful job of mediating the findings of archaeologists to a general audience. I blogged about him and his work after reading his excellent book From Eden to the Exile. But… Read more

October 9, 2018

Peter Leithart’s post about the story of David and Goliath provides a helpful illustration of just how much the reader can contribute not merely to “finding meaning” in a text, but making meaning creatively in the act of reading. In a post called “The Bible and Information” he writes: What Esther Meeks calls the “defective epistemic default” of modernity infects and paralyzes biblical interpretation. In this default, knowledge is defined as information. This can only produce puzzlement about the details… Read more

October 8, 2018

Now that I have seen the first episode of the new season of Doctor Who, starring Jodie Whittaker in the leading role, I am puzzled by the New York Times review yesterday, which claimed (towards the end of the article) to detect a fundamental change of pace compared with past seasons. I didn’t sense that – although it certainly did lack some of the Steven Moffatt franticness. More importantly, I must say that I was frankly astonished by how quickly Jodie Whittaker… Read more

October 7, 2018

Let’s be honest. If I keep having ideas for books that I should write, I’ll either be one of those people who finally well into retirement writes books that they’ve been promising/hoping to for decades, or I’ll never write many of them. Either way, maybe it is OK. But serving as supervisor for a student’s research on Christianity and feminism and how the two relate (or are at a disconnect or even at odds with one another) when it comes… Read more

October 6, 2018

Via Tony Burke’s NASSCAL blog, I learned of the Material of Christian Apocrypha conference and its website. Here are some of the details about this upcoming conference: Hosted by the University of Virginia’s Department of Religious Studies and McIntire Department of Art, under the auspices of the North American Society for the Study of Christian Apocryphal Literature, this conference assembles a group of participants who will address two interrelated yet distinct topics: 1) the physicality of our apocryphal texts (i.e…. Read more

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