Review of Luke’s Christology of Divine Identity

The review I wrote of Nina Henrichs Tarasenkova’s book Luke’s Christology of Divine Identity has just been published in Review of Biblical Literature. Here is a brief snippet to whet your appetite: Unfortunately, from early in the book readers will realize that they are dealing with the kinds of special pleading that have long characterized conservative evangelical writing on [Read More…]

Why Canon the Card Game is Necessary

A recent post on the blog “History for Atheists” (which critiqued the meme above) highlights the reason why I felt the need to develop Canon: The Card Game: there is a lot of misunderstanding and misinformation on the subject. The challenge for a professor teaching a one-semester course on the Bible is when and how to cover [Read More…]

Permission vs. Causation

Hemant Mehta shared the above cartoon by Kristian Nygård. Despite being a somewhat silly attempt at humor, I think it actually highlights issues related to how people sometimes talk about God causing and/or permitting things in the universe. What do you think? Is it the kind of thing that can actually be a jumping-off point [Read More…]

Welcoming Strangers, Finding Brothers and Sisters

There are several upcoming events in Indianapolis related to refugees and justice, a subject that has been very much on my mind, as I’ll be teaching a course that will run over the entirety of the next academic year, in parallel with the Butler Seminar on Religion and Global Affairs, the theme of which for [Read More…]

Timeless Will Return!

Paul Levinson had fun with the announcement that NBC’s decision to cancel the time travel TV show Timeless has been reversed, exploring the possibility that this change was a result of time travel – and what that would imply in the realms of philosophy and physics. It was interesting during the last season to get involved in a [Read More…]

What’s on Your Gen Con Event Wish List?

The program for Gen Con was made available online on Sunday. That means that you can search for keywords such as “gamification,” “education,” or “McGrath and find the session that my Butler University colleagues and I are hosting.  I was somewhat dismayed to see that they have scheduled a session about using games to teach [Read More…]

Fond of Quoting Leviticus

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Doctor Who: Oxygen

The episode “Oxygen” begins with the Doctor saying “Space: the final frontier.” He then talks about space, the void, wanting to kill us. The first scene after the credits features the Doctor lecturing about how space kills us (eventually leading to a student asking what that has to do with crop rotation). Responding to a distress call, [Read More…]

Happy Mothers’ Day!

  Kevin Frank shared this on Facebook, and it seemed the best thing for me to share for this occasion. Happy mother’s day, whether you are a mother, or celebrating with your mom, or remembering a mother who is no longer present. Everyone can find a reason to celebrate today – whatever you may or [Read More…]

The Mandaean Book of John: Critical Edition, Translation, and Commentary

I was delighted to see the following in the latest De Gruyter catalog: I have no idea why it is in the “church history” section of the catalog. But it is good that this project is so close to being wrapped up and completed that the publisher has begun spreading the word about what I am [Read More…]