Canon in the UK

Thanks to Meredith Warren for introducing students in Sheffield, England to Canon: The Card Game! Here are some photos from the class, which I understand enjoyed the experience immensely – as well as having interesting conversations relevant to the course. I understand that one student took it upon themselves to play as Marcion – an interesting [Read More…]

Changing Canons: Bible, Star Wars, Star Trek, and Harry Potter

The subject of canon in sci-fi and Biblical studies isn’t just something I’ve created a card game to explore. It is the focus of a chapter in my forthcoming book, Theology and Science Fiction, in the Cascade Companions series. The publisher, Wipf & Stock, shared the following sneak peak from the book: The subject has been [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…]

Playing Canon in Class

Canon: The Card Game has gone from being an idea, to a clear concept, to a game with printed cards, and most recently, to a game I’ve played in two settings: my Sunday school class at church, and then with the students in my Religion and Science Fiction class. The video above incorporates video and [Read More…]

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The Canon Card Game Exists!

About a year ago I mentioned my interest in creating a game that would illustrate the dynamics of canon formation in simplified form, in a way that was fun but also infirmative and educational. Some of you may have been wondering whether anything was going to come of this. If so, I have great news: [Read More…]

The Bible Beyond the Bible:From Apocrypha to Anime

HT to Deane Galbraith for drawing attention to this lecture by Annette Yoshiko Reed. As the title indicates, it explores the impact of the Bible from ancient times to modern. But it also spends a significant amount of time exploring how the modern Bible became the Bible as we know it, including detailed attention to [Read More…]

Reading the Bible in Machete Order

On the first day of my class on the Bible, I ask students what order we should read the Bible in. This year I made explicit reference to “machete order” – the approach to Star Wars that maximizes suspense by starting with Episode IV and V, then jumping back to the prequels (some recommend skipping Episode I [Read More…]

Making the Canon Game

When Mike Kok shared a classroom handout which included the criteria for inclusion in the New Testament canon back in August, I created a draft post, to remind myself to come back to the canon game that I talked about wanting to make. Ultimately, the issue of catholicity or general widespread use matters most; apostolicity doesn’t [Read More…]

Metacriticism of Biblical Scholarship at #AARSBL on Saturday Afternoon

This session focused on canon and fan fiction, making comparisons between science fiction and other genres on the one hand, and Biblical studies on the other. Frauke Uhlenbruch presided. My paper was up first, and it turned out there was no projector, and so my slides – which had no point to them other than [Read More…]

The Permeability of Scripture

The Bible’s edges blur into the world around it. There is no human encounter with a text that does not involve that person interpreting what they read, which in turn connects with their upbringing, their culture, their language, and many other aspects of the world around them. On the composition end, the Bible also blurs into the [Read More…]