Category Archives : Christianity


More than you would ever want to know.

If you are really bored and want 45 minutes of how I went from a chemistry pre-med major to dean of the SHC this is for you. Nice sleep aid too. (Click on the link in the tweet for the podcast interview.) @shcdean and @PennStateHonors helping students transform into the authors of their own stories […]

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Romans 11:26 – Will all Israel be saved?

This is a vexing passage that has engendered incredible and valuable debate over the millennia. It is perhaps not surprising (?) that today’s Revised Common Lectionary skips this passage. The Epistle today is Romans 11:1-2a, 29-32. How convenient. But Romans 11:26a deserves a thorough treatment. Fortunately, my excellent friend and even better scholar Richard Wright […]


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Another Christian wrong about heaven. 10

Well, I don’t want to be quite so strident, but some have no such qualms. This past week I came across, via Facebook, this post “Are Christians Wrong About Heaven?” which was in turn inspired by this old interview of NT Wright in Time magazine. So in the more recent blog post the author, Matthew Ryan […]


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What is it to light a candle?

My wife has recently written about the fact that when we travel and there are churches or cathedrals to visit, we light a candle for Mack. We have done this since last summer, the summer after he passed. There are usually hundreds of candles burning there. People light them for many reasons: as a memorial, […]


Are eschatology and apocalypticism “healthy”? 2

This week at the International SBL meeting, three Qumran sessions were given over to commemorating the work of John Collins on Apocalypticism. In the first session Prof. Collins, in his summary of his work on apocalypticism, said something that made me go “hmmmm.” Now, I should say that I may be misremembering the precise quote, […]

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