Jesus was NOT born in a Manger

Let me start by saying that Jesus was not born in a manager. I had that spelling error on an exam this semester. For that to have happened might have looked something like this: Assuming, of course, that the father in the picture was some sort of manager. But even if you get the spelling right, [Read More…]

Quote of the Day (Ken Schenck)

I don’t think the values of the thirty-something evangelicals have gone away. I think they have gone silent over and against the VERY vocal Boomer evangelicals of these last days.  I suspect the election results in part support this hypothesis.  Boomer conservatives were shocked to lose the election because they had been so vocal and [Read More…]

N. T. Wright Meme (The Most Interesting New Testament Theologian in the World?)

Someone mentioned an “N. T. Wright” meme, and while they meant a quote from him superimposed on a photo of him teaching, I confess that the first thing that popped into my head when I saw the title of the post looked more like this: As you think about theologians you’d like to see on [Read More…]

Scary Solstice

Another modern classic, shared lest Cthulhu feel neglected this holiday season…   [Read more…]

Utopia/Dystopia

Next semester my freshman course “Faith, Doubt, and Reason” focuses on “The Quest for Community” and in particular on utopias and dystopias. We read a range of works, from the real to the fiction and from the ancient to the modern – including a significant dose of science fiction. Science fiction provides a great way [Read More…]

Durham Theses of Interest

Via Ancient World Online, I learned of an enormous horde of doctoral and masters theses that have been made available online, on topics including the Bible, ancient Judaism, Roman religion, Patristics, and much else. There are too many to make it seem worth listing them all here (click through to AWOL for a list of [Read More…]

Sketchy-Looking Academic Web Sites

I was grading final exams from my class on the Bible this evening, and a student’s comment made me chuckle. I focus in this course on information literacy skills, i.e. the identification of reliable sources of information online. One student found a reputable scholar’s academic web site hosted at their university. I won’t say which [Read More…]

New Trailer for Doctor Who: The Snowmen

The latest trailer for this year’s Doctor Who Christmas special, from the BBC. HT IO9 [Read more…]

More Reflections on Santa and God

This image was shared with me this morning by e-mail: Perhaps it is a professional hazard (as I have blogged about God and Santa more than once in the past), but I found myself not just enjoying the face value humor of it, but also reflecting on how this relates to ancient (including Biblical) and [Read More…]

April De Conick on the Gospel of Judas and More

April De Conick shared the above video on her blog, in which she discusses her research with the president of Rice University. If you listen to only a snippet, I’d recommend the one where she talks about the advice she received from Jarl Fossum about searching for the origins and early history of a tradition [Read More…]