Lecture on the Book of Revelation

The last class topic of the semester, this lecture begins with a bit of background about apocalyptic literature such as the Book of Daniel, covers general points about the Book of Revelation, and then tackles the number of the Beast, mentioning some prior proposed identifications both frivolous and serious. [Read more…]

Science Fiction and the Bible CFP

Religion Call for Papers passed on an exciting bit of news: The European Association of Biblical Studies will be holding a workshop in Leipzig next summer on science fiction and the Bible! There’s more information on the EABS website, and the call for papers opened today. Sounds like something I really ought to find a [Read More…]

Welcome to Advent!

This marks the start of the season when a small remnant of liturgically-minded Christians (including some of us American Baptists!) mark the countdown to Christmas – and a comparable number of Doctor Who fans count down the days to the Christmas special. Either way, the symbolism relates to the arrival of something or someone long [Read More…]

CC Recommends Science Fiction

The Christian Century has released its issue with recommendations for Christmas gifts. This year they had a science fiction category, and Gabriel McKee and I wrote the recommendations. Click through to read them! Fuller reviews of Shada and Existence can be found in separate posts on my blog. [Read more…]

Bethlehemian Rhapsody

Another modern classic in the making.   [Read more…]

Worst Nativity – Great for Advent

Via a Facebook friend, I learned of a collection of the 42 worst nativity sets (although the last one I actually kind of like). But this kitchen time Nativity is full of Advent symbolism, since you can use it to count down. And since Advent starts tomorrow, I thought I’d share it: [Read more…]

The Jordan Codices Exposed

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More Likely a Conservative Scholar’s Kid?

Via Stephen Carlson on Facebook   [Read more…]

Keep (Only) Christ in Christmas

A letter to yesterday's Indianapolis Star had an interesting response to the annual “keep Christ in Christmas” hubbub. What if Christians kept just Christ in Christmas, and let go of all the stuff that is not specifically Christian? What if they let go of the trees, and the gifts, and Santa, and secular Christmas music, [Read More…]

Domnuleţ şi Domn din cer

It’s time to start sharing Romanian Christmas music again. This is a favorite of mine, performed by the Bucharest Madrigal Choir. [Read more…]