AAR Sociology of Religion Statement on the Executive Order

I became aware of another statement from an academic group and wanted to add it here along with the others that I’ve shared recently. It is from the American Academy of Religion’s Sociology of Religion program unit steering committee. [Read more…]

America’s Choice: Table or Wall?

I expect you have heard the saying above before. Indeed, I suspect that I may have shared it on this blog before. But it is worth sharing again, because it sums up the choice before the United States at the moment. And it is the same choice the wealthy always face. One can horde, and [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…]

Genesis 1 as Myth

I had my attention drawn today to an article by Howard Bess, a retired American Baptist minister. The title is “Rethinking the Genesis Message.” Here’s a sample: Genesis 1 is the Israelite response to chaos and endless war. In the Genesis 1 myth, the Israelite God confronts a world that is without form and is [Read More…]