How Is Harry Potter Different Than the Bible?

In fact, they read it all the way through, paying close attention to detail, on more than one occasion. It seems to me as though many Christians who claim to take the Bible seriously actually merely pay lip service to it. Perhaps someone should write a spoof book about how to fake knowledge of and [Read More…]

Neglecting Italian Scholarship

While in Italy, I had a conversation with a scholar from Sicily about the tendency for English-speaking scholars to ignore scholarship in languages such as Italian and Spanish. While I’ve tried to make a point of noticing, reading, and/or buying scholarly books that relate to my field written in Romanian (scholarship in which language is even [Read More…]

Reading is like Making Music

“Reading is not like listening to music, but rather like making music. The reader himself is the instrument.” — Martin Walser The quote in the original German is “Lesen ist nicht etwas wie Musikhören, sondern wie Musizieren. Das Instrument ist man selbst.” It comes from his book Des Lesers Selbstverständnis, p.12, and I found it quoted in [Read More…]

Reading without Interpreting?

Via God of Evolution. It was shared in a post called “Two Memes About The Bible” and so you’ll need to click through it you want to find out what the second one was. The point is an important one. If you have not “interpreted” a text, then you have not made sense of the [Read More…]

Fundamentalists and Scholarship

I made the same point some years ago in a blog post. But the above image, shared on Facebook by the page Science & Scripture, makes the point much more effectively and succinctly. Does someone claim that they simply read the Bible and have no need for scholars, when they are reading the Bible in translation, [Read More…]

Exegesis as Reading

The Patrologist recently blogged about exegesis as reading, warning about two extremes – the tendency to falsely claim to be merely reading and not interpreting, and the tendency to atomize and miss the big picture. Here’s the conclusion: I am constantly amazed to interact with so called ‘critical scholars’ who look at, say, a book like [Read More…]

How Is Harry Potter Different From The Bible?

The answer to the question in the title of the post, as well as the question, come from Tracey Moody. [Read more…]

Is Personal Bible Reading Bad for Christianity?

Paul Penley, in a guest post on Jesus Creed, discussed whether personal Bible reading has had an overall positive or negative impact on the church. Even those of us who are heirs to Luther’s convictions about individuals taking responsibility for their own beliefs and following the dictates of their own consciences, we can feel the force of [Read More…]

I’ll Just Finish This Chapter

HT Roger Wolsey’s Kissing Fish page on Facebook. [Read more…]

Religion and Science Fiction Syllabus

Several people have asked for a copy of the reading list for my class on religion and science fiction, and so I am making a copy of the syllabus available here. I have also added a link to a plainer version of it on the page I created some years ago for the course, even [Read More…]