I Have This Book (Here’s How I Got It)

The above image comes via a post on Jerry Coyne’s blog, “The Truth About Creationism vs. Evolutionism.” Would it be fair to say that the biggest reasons for the debates about evolution among Christians, and between religious fundamentalists of various stripes and everyone else, stem from people not understanding how either of the two books [Read More…]

A Novel Approach to Religion and Science Fiction

I’m in the process of finalizing the reading list for my course on Religion and Science Fiction. I found I could not choose from among the many novel options that I considered for the course. In the past I’ve had one novel and the rest of the course short stories and articles. This time I’m just [Read More…]

Were the Titles of the Gospel on #Sillyboi?

You may think I’m a “silly boy” for writing about this. But when Sarah Bond recently wrote a blog post about the ancient Greek use of a tag (sillybos) to indicate the author and title of a work on a scroll, I felt I needed to blog in a bit more detail about the possible implications of [Read More…]

Having Purpose

My students were asked to evaluate the sources they used in their papers this semester. More than one has told me that a particular article or book is reliable because it “has purpose.” What on Earth is that supposed to mean?! I am not sure whether I am more concerned by the fact that students [Read More…]

Double Irony

In addition to the irony that an atheist meme used an image of the library of an institution with religious roots and affiliation, which houses among other things the Book of Kells, to try to poke fun at Christians as purportedly readers of only one book, there is the additional irony that it speaks of [Read More…]

RIP I. Howard Marshall

I saw the news on Facebook that I. Howard Marshall has passed away. If you aren’t familiar with this famous Evangelical New Testament scholar, there are a number of his articles and other writings online on the BiblicalStudies.org.uk website. See for instance his article on interpreting the Bible today, as well as his introduction to [Read More…]

VSR

I’m grateful to Jim Davila for pointing out that Vocabulary for the Study of Religion is going to be available. Click through to see the price set by the publisher, and compare that to the price on Amazon, and then you’re sure to want to snatch up a copy from the latter… You can read my contribution on [Read More…]

Yoda vs. Yoder

Do you get Yoda and Yoder confused? If so, this Venn Diagram from TheologyGrams will hopefully help you keep them straight. As far as I know, only one of them has warning labels in their books because of sexual harassment and abuse of women. That doesn’t make one great either. I presume Yoda knew that, even [Read More…]

Self-Help

This made me laugh (even though the labels were clearly contrived by the photographer and not put there by the library). But at any rate, there isn't really a conflict. Reading a self-help book is already an example of helping yourself by seeking help from another. Anyone who thinks they are a completely independent individual [Read More…]

Books.logos.com

Torrey Seland drew attention to the website http://books.logos.com, where books (mostly on the Bible and theology) that they have scanned but not yet made available through the Logos app are available. I did a search for “Mandaean” and it turned up interesting results. Take a look and explore whatever interests you!   [Read more…]


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