Imaginal Worlds Conference

Dear graduate students,On April 7th, 2017, Columbia University’s Department of Religion will be hosting a conference: “Imaginal Worlds: Religion in Speculative and Fan Fiction” Keynote speaker: N.K. Jemisin (2016 Hugo Award Winner) The graduate students of Columbia University’s Department of Religion invite paper proposals that explore the relationship between religion and imaginal worlds. Contemporary popular [Read More…]

God and Buffalo

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Jesus was Not a New Yorker

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Genesis and Other Storytelling

The day before yesterday, I learned that a friend of mine had previously interviewed Tony Banks and chatted with other members of the band Genesis, of which he is a huge fan. Yesterday, the Genesis album The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway was the focus of an article that came to my attention in The [Read More…]

Occupy the Nativity (Feline Edition)

Via Hemant Mehta I learned that cats have occupied creches in Brooklyn. They also seem to have removed Jesus in order to make room for themselves! If refrains of “Put Christ Back In Christmas” were ever appropriate, this might be it. And given that cats are atheists (except for the ones who hold ancient Egyptian [Read More…]

Job: Head Librarian (Professional Hazard)

I saw this headline on a post on the ISAW blog today: Job: Head Librarian I suspect that I am not the only person in my line of work whose first thought was that this will be some sort of interesting interpretation of the central character of the Book of Job, and only a second [Read More…]

So You Want To Win The Super Bowl Next Year?

If so, there seems to be a trend… HT Bob Cargill. No, this isn’t good theology. But as long as so many people believe that God cares what team wins, then hopefully they will at least draw out the logical implications from such beliefs. Neil deGrasse Tyson offered an astute sports-related theological observation: And of [Read More…]

Fake Photoshopped Frankenstorm Photo

There’s an alleged photo of Hurricane Sandy drawing near to New York. I wondered about its authenticity, but I still shared it on Facebook, and then had it pointed out to me that its a fake: It is apparently a mash-up of two photos. If you want real (and for that reason even more impressive) [Read More…]

Somewhere Even the Doctor Won’t Go (Angels Take Manhattan SPOILERS)

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Genesis 3 Vacation

One of the pitfalls of being involved professionally and/or personally in the study of the Bible, theology, and/or religion is that one may notice religious symbolism or overtones in unusual and unexpected places. A case in point: I noticed after the fact that my recent family vacation mirrored the story in Genesis 3. Our first [Read More…]