Siren Song

Several posts and graphics have come my way that intersect under this heading. First and most directly is this Chuck and Beans cartoon (HT David Meadows): Next, Tony Jones shared an excerpt from Peter Rollins’ book which mentions the Sirens’ song of offering a product that will fill a gap in our lives, even if [Read More…]

Not Manna

A friend shared this cartoon from “Inherit the Mirth” on Facebook. I was entertained by it immediately, but only later it struck me that it can also be used to make a serious point. The Bible and other ancient Jewish and Christian texts use manna as a symbol – for the word of God, for [Read More…]

Jesus and Paul were not Literalists when it comes to Genesis 2-3

It is interesting how some modern readers simply assume that ancient individuals and authors shared their supposed literalism, and their focus on facts and history and science, all of which are thoroughly modern concerns. If we look at what Jesus is depicted as saying about Genesis 2 in the Synoptic Gospels, he points to the [Read More…]

Requiem Mass by the Other Offenbach

Another rock mass has been brought to my attention, this one by a French progressive rock band called Offenbach, not to be confused with the earlier composer of that last name. The above is one part of it. [Read more…]

AAR Paper Proposal Deadline Extended AGAIN!

The notification below came via e-mail from the American Academy of Religion (it did not include the logo, which I added just for fun, because I did not previously know that this was another thing that “AAR” stood for): PAPERS DEADLINE EXTENDED – SUBMISSION DEADLINE IS NOW MARCH 6, 2013 Dear AAR Members, The Program [Read More…]

Jesus the Gene Therapist?

I think that one reason some people insist that Adam in the Bible was a literal historical individual, and the genealogies in the Bible are literally factual, is that they understand sin as some sort of genetic defect. This is a terrible distortion of the Bible, not only because its ancient authors did not understand [Read More…]

The Ten Recommendations

When I saw yesterday’s Non Sequitur cartoon, it reminded me of something that I run up against regularly in class: For today’s students, the Ten Commandments have always been ten “recommendations” or “suggestions.” No matter how strongly they were ingrained in them from an early age, they have not had the status of law – apart from [Read More…]

Running

Here's another song I wrote, this one inspired by a segment in the Doctor Who episode “The Power of Three.” But you don't need to be a Doctor Who fan to appreciate the song, I hope! Thoughts and feedback are appreciated, as always!   [Read more…]

Ultimate Concern

This is a recording of a song I wrote, giving musical expression to the view of faith advocated by theologian Paul Tillich. Let me know what you think! [Read more…]

Jesus Left Behind

A certain stream of Christianity focuses a lot of attention on people being left behind by Jesus, in a concocted event that actually bears no resemblance to anything one finds in the New Testament. And so David Hayward’s cartoon “The Real Left Behind” shows the more pressing issue: that Christians and Christianity are prone to [Read More…]