Introducing Religion Prof

I announced earlier that my blog would be undergoing a rebranding, and said that the name would not surprise anyone. ReligionProf has long been my Twitter handle, my nickname on Reddit, as well as being in use in other places – including Hearthstone! And so as I considered how my blog has become so much [Read More…]

Matrix Regeneration

The Matrix movies came out a long time ago – the original film was released in 1999! And so the allusion to them in the title of this blog is seeming increasingly dated. And so I’ve decided that it is probably time to rename this blog – even though rumor has it that The Matrix 4 [Read More…]

Defaulting to Disqus

The World Table commenting system never really caught on here, and so I asked Patheos to switch the default commenting system back to Disqus, where most of the discussion here has continued to take place. I hope this change makes it easier for you to comment! Other changes are coming to the blog soon too… [Read more…]

The Bible and Star Wars

On Cindy Brandt's Unfundamentalist Parenting blog, there is a great guest post by John Stonecypher describing the challenges that confront those who were brought up to view the Bible as one thing, only to discover it is something else. Loving Star Wars, and passing on that love with all its complexity, helped provide a useful [Read More…]

How Jesus Saves the World From Us

I am delighted to have the privilege of participating in a blog tour about fellow Patheos blogger Morgan Guyton’s book, How Jesus Saves the World from Us: 12 Antidotes to Toxic Christianity. Throughout the history of ancient Israel and of Christianity, there have been voices that have had an impact through their combination of humility, [Read More…]

Dustin Smith on the Evans-Carrier Debate

Dustin Smith has shared his account of the debate that took place yesterday between Craig Evans and Richard Carrier. Click through to read it. [Read more…]

A New Blog From A Long-Time Blogger

Mike Kok, who has been blogging about the Gospel of Mark for a long time, now has a new blog. The change has been made both to offer a more accessible title in English, but also to indicate a broadening of scope. Mike writes: “I will write on topics such as Second Temple Judaism, the New [Read More…]

Welcome to Patheos, Daniel Kirk!

I am delighted to share the news that J. R. Daniel Kirk, a friend and fellow scholar whose blog I’ve regularly linked to and interacted with here, has moved his blog to Patheos. You can find his first post in the new location here: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/storiedtheology/2016/01/11/does-god-need-us/ Pay him a visit, add the feed to your subscriptions, and enjoy having [Read More…]

Welcome to the Blogosphere, Josh!

My former student Josh Boeke has started a blog, and his first post tells a bit about his own personal faith journey away from fundamentalism. I get a brief mention on it, and on the one hand, it makes me really wish that he and I had had more of a chance to continue the [Read More…]

Losing Weight (Our Daily Salad)

I will do a retrospective post about my sabbatical soon – I’m not considering it to be over just yet, since I am still finishing off one project, and classes don’t start until next week. But I thought I would share a separate post about one of my sabbatical goals, which was to exercise regularly, [Read More…]


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