Critique of Pure Welding

It seems that everyone is aware that Marco Rubio’s statement about welders making more than philosophers was simply wrong. It also ignored facts such as that students study philosophy as groundwork for law school and other highly-paid careers. But most worrying about the statement is the way it seeks to antagonize two groups in society [Read More…]

The Historical Jesus Goes To University

I recently had a mythicist troll ask for evidence that Jesus is taught as a historical figure at any secular university. I could have merely offered Butler University and been done with it – and perhaps added the University of North Carolina for good measure. But despite the question coming from someone who was clearly a [Read More…]

Universal Grade Change Form

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How To E-Mail Your (Not You’re) Professor

This tutorial comes to you courtesy of PhD Comics. If you are not sure why it is funny, don't ask…it's in the syllabus.   [Read more…]

CIC Information Fluency Workshop

I am currently in Baltimore with some colleagues, at a workshop focused on information fluency in the disciplines of religion, philosophy, and the history of ideas. It started yesterday, and has already offered a lot of fascinating perspectives from faculty and librarians, including practical examples and specific online tools that can be used for teaching [Read More…]

Creationism, Mythicism, and University Conspiracies

Creationism says: universities are so much under the grip of atheism that creationism cannot get a fair hearing. Mythicism says: universities are so much under the grip of Christianity that mythicism cannot get a fair hearing. Aren’t these two claims like antimatter? When they collide, don’t they cancel one another out in a spectacular release [Read More…]

SBL Paper Accepted

I’ll be on a panel of invited speakers at SBL in 2014, talking about Bart Ehrman’s latest book. In addition, I’ve had a paper accepted by the Metacriticism of Biblical Scholarship consultation. Here’s the abstract: Can University Walls Keep Out The Internet? Statements can be found on the websites of many sectarian educational institutions, indicating [Read More…]

College Brochures

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Required Religion

I am grateful to Stephen Carlson for directing my attention to Required Religion on Tumblr, which is gifs depicting the experiences of a religion professor. There are so many I can relate to, such as this one, depicting how a professor feels when students won’t talk: And this one, “How I feel when I find [Read More…]

Intellectual Honesty vs. Statements of Faith

This coming academic year I will be teaching a class that runs in parallel to an annual public lecture series. The coming year’s topic is “Religion and Freedom of Speech.” It will look at the first amendment, specific examples related to Islam and to Russia, and academic freedom. In relation to that last point, here [Read More…]


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