The Bay Psalm Book

I just learned that, through a bit of poor communication within my department, I’ll be teaching my new core curriculum course on the Bible and Music the same semester that my colleague teaches his course on the Psalms. Although we would have avoided this convergence if we had noticed it, the intersection should be beneficial and there [Read More…]

Make America Great Britain Again

I wanted to share the above anyway, just for laughs. But I think it makes a nice pairing with a point that John Pavlovitz made today, about the fact that America is not undergoing worse moral decline than in the past. Here is an excerpt from his post: America is not in decline any more than at [Read More…]

Who North America Reopens!

I received this notice from Who North America today: FINALLY!  It is with great pleasure that we announce our soft opening of the new store on Tuesday, March 1, 2016!!! Our new location is at: 8901 S. State Road 67 Camby, IN 46113 Our telephone number and email remains the same.  Our operating hours for [Read More…]

The Prophets of Our Time

We had an interesting discussion of prophecy in my Sunday school class recently, as we continued working our way through 1 Corinthians. I’ve often heard people suggest that preachers are the closest equivalent today to ancient Israel’s prophets. I’ve often viewed that as a problematic stance, since it seems designed to add to the authority of [Read More…]

Americans – Prepare for Nonsense

Did you see the above advertisement in today’s USA Today? This quote from an article by Quassim Cassam on conspiracy theory thinking: It is in the nature of many intellectual character traits that you don’t realise you have them, and so aren’t aware of the true extent to which your thinking is influenced by them. [Read More…]

Myth and Memory

On his blog Genealogy of Religion, Cris Campbell talks about reading Colin Calloway’s book One Vast Winter Count: The Native American West before Lewis and Clark. The crux of the post can be summed up by quoting Campbell: I have no doubt that indigenous oral traditions are remarkable repositories of deep history and ancient knowledge. They are [Read More…]

Time Asked, Globe Answered

This photo of Harry Fear's is several years old, but I had not seen it until today. The correlation between the two, there on the newsstand, is poignant, although it looks like the Time issue was placed in the Better Homes and Gardens slot for the purpose of the photo.   [Read more…]

The Theory and Practice of Oligarchical Capitalism

Talking about George Orwell's 1984, and the book within the book, is always interesting. But this semester the discussion took some turns that seem to me worth sharing. The book by Emmanuel Goldstein, The Theory and Practice of Oligarchical Collectivism, is an intentional parody of Marx and Engels' Communist Manifesto. It represents a plan to [Read More…]

Impuritans

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Patheos Public Square

There’s a relatively new feature on the Patheos website: Patheos Public Square. The current topic is “Does America Need a Civil Religion?” [Read more…]