AAR Traditions of East Late Antiquity Session

Here is the lineup for the Traditions of East Late Antiquity Exploratory Session that will take place at AAR in November: From Jerusalem to the Karûn: What can Mandaean Geographies Tell Us? Charles Häberl, Rutgers University “On the Creation of Adam”: A Greek/Syriac “Kephalaion” from Titus of Bostra’s Contra Manichaeos Timothy Pettipiece, University of Ottawa [Read More…]

Doctor Who: Akhaten vs. Aztecs

If one compares the most recent Doctor Who episode “The Rings of Akhaten” with the episode “The Aztecs” from the very first season, an interesting change in the Doctor's outlook about religion and human sacrifice emerges. In “The Aztecs” the Doctor is emphatically opposed to Barbara's interference in an attempt to change history. It may [Read More…]

Doctor Who: The Rings of Akhaten

The Doctor Who episode “The Rings of Akhaten” is surely one of the best in the show’s history for those interested in seeing Doctor Who explore religion. Spoilers ahead! The episode begins with a charming scene (with the Doctor somewhat creepily spying on it) as a leaf blowing in the wind – yes, the leaf [Read More…]

The Divine Name

This is a recording of an excerpt from a class – a student asked a question about the divine name, and I answered providing a lot of background and contextual information. [Read more…]

Appropriately Skeptical Thomas

The above cartoon depicts the caricature of a doubter, and specifically of Thomas who became known as “Doubting Thomas.” But is skepticism in the face of seemingly incredible claims really inappropriate? Was Thomas the fool depicted in the cartoon above, or wiser than far too many gullible Christians today, whose unwillingness or inability to doubt [Read More…]

Class on Textual Criticism

I’ve been looking back through some early attempts at recording my classes, to see if there is anything useful. On several occasions the lapel microphone’s battery went dead before the end of the class. But since the first part of some of these classes contains useful material, I thought I’d edit that portion out and [Read More…]

Beverly Gaventa on Romans

HT Nijay Gupta [Read more…]

The Sparrow on AMC?

Mary Doria Russell’s novel The Sparrow has almost been made into a movie twice. Now there is news that AMC is interested in turning it into a TV series. The novel explores religious themes in a fascinating way. Dare we hope that this time it might happen? And if it does, will it do justice to [Read More…]

It All Started With That 150 Gallons of Wine

This cartoon from ASBO Jesus offers a humorous slant on an aspect of the Cana story in John 2 that can be problematic. Jesus is depicted as making 120-180 gallons of really excellent wine at a wedding at which people had already drunk so much that they had depleted whatever supply those involved in planning [Read More…]

Keith Ward on Idealism

Lee M. shared this video on his blog A Thinking Reed. It is based on his book More Than Matter?: Is There More to Life Than Molecules? which I blogged about almost a year ago (see also the discussion of the book at Jesus Creed). [Read more…]