I wasn’t aware until just recently about this conference in the summer here in Indiana, on a topic that I know will interest many blog readers as much as it interests me: religion in the anthropocene. The deadline has been extended, and so this is a good time to share the call for papers!   RELIGIOUS PERSPECTIVES AND ALTERNATIVE FUTURES IN AN AGE OF HUMANS MAY 17-20 2018 INDIANA UNIVERSITY BLOOMINGTON, IN.   CONFERENCE CALL FOR PAPER PROPOSALS Deadline for… Read more

The Star Trek: Discovery episode “What’ Past Is Prologue” offers a powerful message for our time, with political and religious engagement that struck me as on-target without being heavy handed. Paul Stamets in the parallel universe apparently sold Lorca out to the Emperor and revealed his plot attempt. The parallel Stamets has been using the mycelial network in different ways, giving them much more power but in a way that is destroying the network across the entire multiverse, threatening all… Read more

Setting of three Psalms by Canadian composer Srul Irving Glick. I continue to come across music that I do not recall having heard before as I teach my course on the Bible and music once again. Read more

This looks like a really interesting call for papers! The Voice of One Crying in the Wilderness: Religion, Activism, and Protest Too often, especially in the United States today, religion is seen as the enemy of socio-political progress and change. But even a cursory glance at U.S. history — the Underground Railroad, the Civil Rights Movement, the Sanctuary Movement — attests to the role religion and religious individuals have played in resistance movements. This panel seeks papers that consider the… Read more

Croatian composer Stjepan Šulek. Read more

The X-Files episode “The Lost Art of Forehead Sweat” embodies everything that was great about the classic series, in more ways than one. The classic series never took its conspiracy theories and aliens among us stories so seriously that it couldn’t poke fun at itself, and this episode does that in a way that updates it for the present day. The episode begins in black and white, with a man saying he is not crazy to a cook at diner. He… Read more

A piece by American composer Jacob Narverud. Read more

The Star Trek: Discovery episode “Vaulting Ambition” has a discussion early on about the fact that Emperor Georgiou is not the same person that Michael Burnham betrayed in her universe. But she say that it nonetheless “feels like a reckoning.” When Captain Lorca says that she is, effectively, a “ghost,” Burnham responds by asking if he has never been afraid of ghosts. Paul Stametz encounters a version of himself in a mysterious forest, and he asks whether this is an… Read more

I love sharing new music from lots of sources, but you may be able to guess that this is one that I am especially excited about. This is my son’s composition, an “Adagio for Flute and Two Violins,” which he wrote for this ensemble at his school which include him, another violinist Noah Weiner, and Anna Chinni on flute as the performers. This is the world premiere, and although I expect that an even better-quality recording will be available in… Read more

This page from a children’s Bible, which a friend shared on Facebook, seems to me a perfect illustration of the distortion that so-called “biblical literalists” regularly engage in. They decide what the Bible is allowed to mean (in this example, “wine” or “grape juice”) in advance of their encounter with the text. They then interpret it as saying what they think it ought to, what they assumed all along that it must mean. Then, lo and behold, they claim scriptural authority… Read more

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