Not Really An Expert

Internet, I need your help. According to a commenter who randomly showed up on my blog, I am not a credible source of information, because I do not have a Wikipedia page: I may be wrong, but my impression is that it is inappropriate for someone to create a Wikipedia page for themselves. And so [Read More…]

Enabling Constraints in the Study of Religion

Via Religion Bulletin: Enabling Constraints: A Symposium on the Demands of Frameworks and Data in the Study of Religion April 27-28, 2017 With Keynote Addresses from: Dr. Winnifred Sullivan, Indiana University Bloomington Dr. John W. Marshall, University of Toronto The study of religion operates in a tension between the demands of its frameworks and the [Read More…]

Call for Papers: The Place of Religion in Film

March 30th-April 1st, the University of Syracuse will host a conference on “The Place of Religion in Film,” as part of the Ray Smith Symposium Series. Here’s the full call for papers: The Place of Religion in Film March 30 – April 1, 2017 with plenaries featuring Joaquim Pinto, director, and Nuno Leonel, cinematographer, of [Read More…]

The New Way to Review Manuscripts

This PHDComic is funny, but there is a sense in which it is not as far fetched as it might first seem. In platforms like TurnItIn, there are drag-and-drop comments to address common issues in student work. An online platform for reviewers to evaluate manuscript submissions could have something similar – with or without emoticons. [Read more…]

Philosophy Opening at Butler University

There is a job opening in my department. Here are the details: Professor of Philosophy, Tenure-Track – College of Liberal Arts & Sciences Position Overview The Department of Philosophy, Religion, and Classics at Butler University seeks to hire a tenure-track philosopher with scholarly expertise that extends beyond the Anglo-American analytical philosophical tradition, with facility and [Read More…]

Star Trek Symposium Interviews

Here are a couple of interviews about Star Trek that were shared recently by the Sci Phi Journal. Click through for more!   [Read more…]

How To Decide On A Conference Paper Title

Sarah Bond shared the above flow chart that she made, and I thought I should share it here too, since many will find it entertaining and/or helpful! [Read more…]

Where You Sit In Class

From PHD Comics. I think this is almost certainly true in large classrooms like that depicted. In smaller classrooms it still has the tendency to be this way, but not always. Perhaps students have figured out that, in a smaller non-tiered classroom, the professor’s eye is often above the front row students? This semester I [Read More…]

Can Mythicism Kill Your Scholarly Career?

Can mythicism kill an academic career? Making a reasoned case as a scholar for that viewpoint won’t. But that’s not what I’m talking about here. I’m asking about the way the behavior – the insults and illogic that characterizes online mythicism – might train one to mistake the modes of self-expression that are passable on [Read More…]

Evangelical Fear of Scholarship

Two different people suggested that this quote should be turned into a meme. It is from a blog post which rounded up blogging about the Christology of Mark’s Gospel, in which I also referred to and summarized an article in Christianity Today about how Evangelicals view those who move into academia.     [Read more…]