Income Inequality

As I was gearing up for the second class period focused on The Communist Manifesto in my First Year Seminar course, this video came to my attention on several blogs I subscribe to. How can anyone think that this degree of inequity is acceptable? And it pales in comparison to the inequity that exists on [Read More…]

Reality (In You I Live)

This is the song that sparked off my recent bit of songwriting. I reworked the melody for this recording, having revised it multiple times already because I wrote it in a range that few people can sing in, least of all me. I hope to have at least one version to share in the near [Read More…]

Dawkins vs. Denialism

Michael Bird shared this Mitchell and Webb video about an imagined conversation between Richard Dawkins and his publisher. It actually gets at a really good point, which connects with an issue I often blog about, namely the embracing of Jesus-mythicism and other such fringe ideas among atheists. There is something enjoyable in denying what others [Read More…]

Adam: Assumed or Accentuated?

The attempt at anĀ alliterativeĀ title hopefully will not obscure what this post is about, which is an attempt to clarify my thinking about Adam in Paul’s letters. This is a follow-up to my earlier post, in which I explained some of the reasons for concluding that Jesus and Paul were not literalists, which in turn emerged [Read More…]

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…]