Academics Against the Immigration Ban

There is a petition that all academics are invited to become signatories of: https://notoimmigrationban.com/ I have submitted my name asking that it be added, and I hope that you will do the same if you are a professor. The steering committee of the American Academy of Religion’s New Religious Movements program unit issued this statement: The president [Read More…]

Biblical Scholars Stand With Refugees

If it has been disheartening to see the actions of America’s president and his supporters, and the harmful effects on people that those actions have had on refugees and other extremely vulnerable constituencies, it has been encouraging to see so many people of different backgrounds being united in their outspokenness against these policies. I plan [Read More…]

Plagiarism in Commentaries and Commentaries on Plagiarism

Given that I’ve now had my first plagiarism case of the semester, the time seems right to comment on this topic. Let me begin with an infographic that explains different kinds of plagiarism and evaluates them in terms of their severity, since it seems that many people are still unclear on precisely what plagiarism is. [Read More…]

SNTS Montreal: Business Meeting and Opening Reception

The start of the official SNTS program yesterday evening was with the first of two scheduled business meetings. Business meetings are not always emotionally moving, but two moments in this one were. The first was when the names of members who had passed away were read, and we were asked to stand to honor them. [Read More…]

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10th Level Apologist

Having recently mentioned academics playing role playing games, I had my attention drawn to Dungeons and Discourse. It has academic humor, religious humor, and RPG humor. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did! You might also enjoy Advanced Dungeons and Discourse… [Read more…]

When Academics Play RPGs

This sample of how a role playing game works made me laugh. Does anyone know what book it is from?   [Read more…]

Informal Discourse for Academics

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The Real Difference Between Creationism and Mythicism

Creationists can find 3,000 academics who will sign a statement against evolution. That’s not 3,000 academics in relevant fields, just 3,000 academics, including retired ones. I’ve yet to see mythicism show any sign of even coming close to that. And yet supposedly we are to believe that creationism’s 3,000 are irrelevant, but the 10 or so mythicist [Read More…]

Passive-Aggressive Voice

Via $%@! Academics Say. There is also version not customized for academics (although it may not make sense if you don’t like donuts): [Read more…]

What I Tell My Students: #AARSBL15 Mentoring Luncheon

The SBL student advisory board put together a wonderful luncheon with great speakers who gave great advice. The funniest was when one speaker, who had become a dean, shared what a colleague told him: now that you are a dean, in two years you will stop writing; in four years you will stop reading; and [Read More…]