Are You Suffering From Post-Trumpatic Stress Disorder?

People on my campus are in a funk. The mood is somber, melancholic. Today, a colleague made reference to PTSD – “Post Traumatic Stress Disorder” – and I realized right away that the acronym could be adapted to fit the current situation perfectly. We have “Post-Trumpatic Stress Disorder.” I had lunch with a colleague yesterday, [Read More…]

A Killer Goes to Jael

Hemant Mehta posted an SMBC comic in which someone asks God about the story of Jael in the Book of Judges. The story about Jael (and Deborah) is not at all hard to understand. It is about two women who rise to the challenge of defeating an enemy of their people, in a patriarchal context in [Read More…]

Detecting Deutero-Isaiah

In a Facebook comment, Shane McKee wrote: “Deutero-Isaiah, sometimes called “heavy Isaiah”, is detectable if you use a mass spectrometer. It’s a common isaiahtope.” So much punny goodness in a mere two sentences! I am glad he gave me permission to share it with you! [Read more…]

Augmented Reality Electronic Canon Game?

The Canon card game is barely released, and Jim Davila is already suggesting that there should be an augmented reality digital version. I’d be delighted, personally, if the game I designed led to people getting exercise. A Facebook commenter came up with the perfect name for the new edition of the game, if I ever [Read More…]

So That’s What those Prophecies Mean

How will the world end? It will be issued in by the “Trump of God.” The King James Version translators didn’t know that they needed to capitalize “Trump.” How could they? It all makes sense now… [Read more…]

The Eye of a Needle

The page The Christian Left shared this image on Facebook, and a couple of comments that were made on it there deserve responses. First, you will sometimes hear that the Eye of the Needle was an actual gate in Jerusalem which a camel could indeed pass through, on its knees and leaving any goods it [Read More…]

SNTS: Third Main Paper and Simultaneous Short Papers

After lunch, Risto Uro spoke about the use of cognitive science in the study of early Christianity. He began by paying hommage to his own Doktorvater, Heikki Räisänen, who advocated a religious studies approach to New Testament studies. He then moved on to contextualize his argument against the backdrop of the study of the phenomenon [Read More…]

Catchers of Men

What do you think of this updating of the words of Jesus? As one commenter said on Facebook (on the Catholic Memes page where I came across this), “I choose you, Peter-chu!”   [Read more…]

Gethseminary

For some reason, just as I was waking up one morning some weeks ago, I had the mash-up between “Gethsemane” and “seminary” that is the title of this post pop into my head. And then I read a piece in the Chronicle about the educational power of discomfort. It was not specifically about seminaries, but about the [Read More…]

The Skeptical Zoroastrian

Question: What do you call someone who doesn’t know whether two gods exist? Answer: A “diagnostic.”   HT Vance Socci for the joke. [Read more…]