Homo Deus

In his book Homo Deus, Yuval Noah Harari writes, “Despite all the talk of radical Islam and Christian fundamentalism, the most interesting place in the world from a religious perspective is not the Islamic State or the Bible Belt, but Silicon Valley. That’s where hi-tech gurus are brewing for us brave new religions that have little [Read More…]

Religion Census

James Garth created the above questionnaire in response to those who complain that the question about religion in the Australian census were not detailed enough. Those recently-released census results are interesting, with a large number of people self-identifying as having no religion. If you were answering the spoof census above, what box would you tick? [Read More…]

Theological Malpractice

The New York Times recently featured an article about the resurgence of liberal religion in the realm of politics. It included the quote that I have turned into a meme above. “How do you take two or three Scriptures and make a theology out of it, and claim it is the moral perspective, and leave [Read More…]

Reevaluating Your Faith Management System

On Sunday, my congregation, Crooked Creek Baptist Church, celebrated its 180th anniversary. It is the third oldest church in Indianapolis, and older than Butler University (among other things, including a significant number of countries). The following day I attended CanvasCon, a day-long event about a Learning Management System called Canvas. Butler University currently uses Moodle, and [Read More…]

Apply now for Religion, Spirituality & the Arts

Apply now for Religion, Spirituality & the Arts – Creation Learn, collaborate, and explore how art and spirituality come together. The next seminar series will once again explore Creation with an emphasis on Genesis 1 & 2, Adam and Eve. Applications will be accepted between April 17th and May 31st. Seminar sessions will take place [Read More…]

#CFP Women and Heresy

https://relcfp.tumblr.com/post/158226812862/cfp-women-and-heresy Of related interest: https://relcfp.tumblr.com/post/158222914345/religion-and-literature-permanent-section-mmla https://relcfp.tumblr.com/post/158221876912/ucsia-summer-school-2017-between-market-state [Read more…]

The Church of the Force

IO9 highlighted how the new Star Wars novel Aftermath: Empire’s End has offered a religious justification for the way Obi-Wan lied to Luke in A New Hope. There a passage is read in the Church of the Force from the Journal of the Whills which says: The truth in our soul Is that nothing is true. [Read More…]

Andrei Petrov, Creation of the World Suite

The above piece by Russian composer Andrei Petrov is but one of many musical works inspired by the account of creation in Genesis. If you are in Indianapolis, don’t miss the performance tonight of Aaron Copland’s “In The Beginning”! [Read more…]

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…]

Inquiry on Religion and Migration

Via Religion in American History: THE CENTER OF THEOLOGICAL INQUIRY CALL FOR APPLICATIONS, 2017-2018 ACADEMIC YEAR INQUIRY ON RELIGION & MIGRATION During the academic year 2017/18, the Center will hold an “Inquiry on Religion & Migration.” The human species has been a migrant one since its evolution out of Africa. In an era of forced [Read More…]