St. Yoda

I've shared Star Wars and other science fictional religious iconography before, but I think this is the first actual stained-glass window I've seen that depicts Yoda. For the best of the Disney-Star Wars mash-ups, check out IO9's collection, and also a completely different but equally impressive set from Good Comics.   [Read more…]

Textbooks and Commentaries on the Gospel of John

Regular readers and others who know me will know that I did my doctoral dissertation on the Christology of the Gospel of John. With my primary research focus having moved elsewhere, I am delighted when I get to teach my upper-level class on the Gospel of John and return my attention there. I’m still trying [Read More…]

Late Texts, Early Traditions?

One of the methodological questions that intersects with my upcoming conference paper on the Mandaean Book of John and the New Testament is the question of how, if at all, we can discern whether one text which is later than another is not drawing on that earlier text alone, but also incorporates independent tradition. This question [Read More…]

Biblical Extinction Theory

Today’s Non Sequitur HT The Panda’s Thumb [Read more…]

Lecture on Wisdom Literature in the Bible

The first couple of words seem to have been cut off. I am not sure why it does that on some occasions but not others. All that is missing is my mention that a theme for this week is “Diversity in the Bible” which I then point out connects naturally with the Wisdom literature. [Read more…]

Giveaway: Two Copies of The Christian World of the Hobbit

Thanks to Patheos, I have two copies to give away of the book which I blogged about yesterday, The Christian World of The Hobbit by Devin Brown. I will select the winners at random from among those who comment on this post you are currently reading. An eligible entry is a comment that mentions something [Read More…]

Christians Need to Speak Out against these sorts of Abominations!

On Facebook and elsewhere, I’ve begun to see signs of the extremism which I am convinced does not characterize everyone on that side of the political and religious spectrum, but which will need to be addressed by other conservatives who recognize it as not merely inappropriate hyperbole, but expressions of hatred, if we are to [Read More…]

#SBLAAR 2012 Gathering of Bibliobloggers and Other Religion Bloggers: Sunday November 18th at 7pm

The votes are in, the election ended, and the bibliobloggers have spoken! The gathering of bibliobloggers – and I am going to once again invite any theobloggers and other bloggers about religion as well – will be Sunday, November 18th, at 7pm at Kitty O’Shea’s, an Irish pub located at the Hilton in Chicago. The [Read More…]

The Challenge Now

President Obama has been re-elected. Despite what some may say, the challenge ahead of us all is not to avoid being rounded up by presidential stormtroopers, to rescue the Constitution from being torn to shreds, or to find a place to hide and wait out the apocalypse. The challenge is whether we can find a [Read More…]

Review of The Christian World of the Hobbit

I am grateful to have the opportunity to participate in the Patheos Book Club this month, focused on Devin Brown’s book The Christian World of The Hobbit. A book by this title might seem to some to be precisely the sort of book that they typically gravitate towards or make a concerted effort to avoid. [Read More…]


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