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Secularization Theory- “The Price of Faith”

The Chronicle of Higher Education: Magazine & journal reader has an interesting post/tease about an article by Rachel McCleary in The Review of Faith & International Affairs. She suggests that the “Secularization Theory” that for over a century has argued that an increase in economic development leads to a decrease in religious beliefs (e.g., western Europe), while still widely assumed to be true, does not match up with reality. The relationship between religion and economics […]

Climate Change & Religion OpEd

Well, it was really more of a glorified press release. The Centre Daily Times asked me to write up 600 words for today’s OpEd page and they ran it with a sidebar giving the details of the panel. There has been a small conversation about this panel over on the Engage.SHC site some of you all might be interested in as well. My basic premise, in those comments and for this panel, is that the […]

Rock Ethics Institute – Climate Change

I will be moderating a panel discussion in two weeks on the biblical creation narratives and climate change. It is part of a series by PSU’s Rock Ethics Institute: Rock Ethics Institute – Climate Change. It should be a good series. It will be focused primarily upon Christian interpretations, which is unfortunate, but it is Pesach which makes it impossible for our local rabbi to attend. If you are in the area, please come by! […]

King’s X Redux

It is nearly 1 am and I am trying to write up some responses for a video interview. *ugh* But I am keeping up the juices with some good ol’ King’s X! Man, I have not listened to this in a LONG time. For those not in the know, this group was very popular in the late 80’s and early 90’s. They were out of Houston and the members were/are Christians. (Some notes on that […]

Characters of God – A Work in Progress

I have been debating about sharing work in progress on the blog. A group of us discussed it at this year’s SBL (podcast here) and most seemed to feel that publishers wouldn’t mind at that it would be a good way to get feedback from others in the field. So today I will take the plunge. I think my plan will be to publish a portion each weekend, not too long to be onerous on […]

Ehrman @ PSU

Last night Bart Ehrman gave the Luther H. Harshbarger Lecture in memorium Bill Petersen. It was very nice to hear his lecture in person and I had a chance to have a drink with him after the talk. But I thought Targumistas might like a short review/commentary on the talk. The talk was a summary of his Misquoting Jesus retitled in honor of Bill Petersen, Lost in Transmission. (This was also Ehrman’s preferred title. The […]

Bridge to Terabithia: Chattaway’s interview with Paterson

I loved Bridge to Terabithia when I read it in elementary school, but I never want to read it again. If you don’t know the ending, I won’t spoil it for you, but I cried, oh man did I cry. That isn’t exactly going to endear a boy to other 4th grade boys. Now a movie is out and it is getting great reviews. In fact, I don’t want to see the movie either, but […]

Review of My Book – SBL Reviews

The SBL Book Review email arrived and I was pleasantly surprised to see a review of my book, The Rabbinic Targum of Lamentations, by my friend Jan-Wim Wesselius. The review can be found here. It is a very positive and friendly review. I just want to make a couple of comments that I hope are not too defensive. JWW suggests that I could have elaborated more on “the literary nature and contents” of what I […]

McKnight on “Five Streams of the Emerging Church”

Scot McKnight (of Jesus Creed, a blog well worth including in your newsreader) has a great article at CT Online Five Streams of the Emerging Church It is said that emerging Christians confess their faith like mainliners—meaning they say things publicly they don’t really believe. They drink like Southern Baptists—meaning, to adapt some words from Mark Twain, they are teetotalers when it is judicious. They talk like Catholics—meaning they cuss and use naughty words. They […]

His Hope Our Responsibility

Today we remember MLK and his great contributions to our society and world. I was honored to be asked to speak at the PSU service later today. My remarks are below. After having spent the last several weeks reading Dr. King’s sermons I am keenly aware of how limited and poor my own sermons and speeches are. His work remains for us to continue; there is still much to be done. “Go and do likewise.” […]