Time the Terminator

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Ruth: Romance, Racism, and Redistribution

In my class on the Bible on Friday, we discussed the Book of Ruth. And as it happened, I discovered that it was possible to encapsulate the three main topics/themes that I wanted to make sure got attention under three headings with alliteration. One topic (the first “r”) was romance. My students were fairly sure [Read More…]

Pastors and Education

I spoke recently with a reporter from the local paper The Indianapolis Recorder about pastoral qualifications. The article that resulted has now appeared, and I am quoted quite a bit in it, saying things like this: Those who say the Bible is important to them, very often don’t actually read the things that scholars within their [Read More…]

Jedi Mind Meld

OK, from a political perspective as well as that of science fiction fandom, is this a gaffe, as some have claimed? I do not think so. The poster gets the fonts right for the Star Wars and Star Trek references. And so I think there is a deliberate use of science fiction's greatest example of [Read More…]

Hopeful Cardinal

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February 2013 Biblical Studies Carnival

The Biblical Studies Carnival for February 2013 has been posted at Delving Into The Scriptures. Lots of interesting stuff to enjoy – thank you to Drewe for hosting this month’s carnival! [Read more…]

If John 21 Were Written Today

HT Jim West [Read more…]

Church Death and Church Evolution

David Hayward's cartoon above is accompanied by a comment acknowledging that the church itself may never die, but churches die all the time. The reason some religious believers sometimes manage to persuade themselves otherwise is much the same reason some manage to persuade themselves that evolution does not occur. When change occurs over generations, it [Read More…]

AAR and SBL Call for Papers: The End is Near!

First, Daniel Kirk shared some advice about browser issues when submitting paper proposals – in short, if you have issues with one browser, try another! The SBL paper proposal deadline is a little over an hour away. If you plan to submit one, you need to do so quickly! Bloggers who've submitted their proposals are [Read More…]

The Boredom of Eternity

Today's Speed Bump cartoon pinpoints an important issue with the notion of an afterlife in which people exist forever more in much the same sort of existence as human beings experience now, with personalities and experience of passing time. It is not just the stereotype of sitting on a cloud playing a harp that seems [Read More…]