Does IU Have the Legal Right to Prohibit Discimination?

I was proud when I read the statement by Butler University’s president Jim Danko about the “Religious Freedom Restoration Act.” When I then saw that the president of IU Michael McRobbie had alsod issued a statement, I found myself wondering about it in relation to the law. The statement says, “we will not tolerate discrimination [Read More…]

Eva Kor to Speak at Butler Commencement

It was announced today that Holocaust survivor Eva Kor, who runs the Candles Holocaust Museum, will be speaking at Butler University’s commencement this year, and will receive an honorary doctorate. Just this morning, before receiving the e-mail about the above, I saw an article about Kor forgiving a former white supremacist. Kor is quoted as [Read More…]

Bulldog Beginnings

I read recently that the Butler University use of the Bulldogs for the university team name and mascot began when the Butler team – known as the “Christians” (since the school was then still affiliated with the Christian Churches Disciples of Christ) or sometimes the “Blue and White” – played a team from Franklin, the “Baptists.” The heated rivalry led to [Read More…]

Why Go To University if You Don’t Understand What It’s For?

There was an article in my school’s student newspaper, in which a student who wished to remain anonymous, self-identifying only as an accounting major, said that they sneak out early from required cultural events, and that they have never been to one that they enjoyed. I decided to blog about it, but also to submit [Read More…]

The First Baptists, The Last Gnostics

Here’s a recording of the talk I gave about the Mandaeans yesterday to an audience of faculty, staff, and students at Butler University, as part of the Faculty Brown Bag series. [Read more…]

Brown Bag Talk on the Mandaeans

I am very impressed with the poster that Rebecca DeGrazia made for my upcoming brown bag lunchtime talk on the Mandaeans. On Thursday, January 22nd, I’ll be talking about the Mandaeans, their history, scholarship on them, and my work on translating and commenting on the Mandaean Book of John. [Read more…]

Freedom of Religion Panel Discussion

A few weeks ago, I was part of a panel discussion on the topic of freedom of religion at Butler University. It was recorded, and even though the sound quality is not excellent, I still think it may be worth sharing. [Read more…]

A Student’s Prayer

I recently learned that Cate Pickens, a student at Butler University, has started up a new blog, and it includes a post about Cybertopia, which is her final paper from a course she took with me last year. You’ll probably also appreciate her “College Student’s Prayer at Christmastime” which includes things like these: Dear Lord; I am [Read More…]

A Polite Bribe Q and A at Butler University

I was delighted that Robert Orlando was able to come to Butler to make a guest appearance in my class on Paul and the early church, and then participate in a Q&A session after we showed his movie “Apostle Paul: A Polite Bribe.” Perry Kea of the University of Indianapolis also participated in the Q&A, and [Read More…]

A Polite Bribe at Butler University

A Polite Bribe: See the Movie, Meet the Filmmaker A showing of the critically-acclaimed film “A Polite Bribe” by Robert Orlando will take place onThursday, November 13, at 7pm, in Gallahue Hall, room 108. The showing will be followed by a Q&A discussion, featuring Robert Orlando himself, together with Dr. James F. McGrath of Butler’s Department [Read More…]