It’s that time of the year where adults dress up in costumes they’d never want to be seen in at any other time of the year. To celebrate, Brandon Ambrosino interviewed me at The Huffington Post about Halloween and the article just went up (“Satan’s Birthday: A Brief Discussion on Halloween and Christianity”). We
This last week, my newest post “Students of Religion Are Not Necessarily Religious,” went up at Toledo Faith and Values (our local hub of the Religion News Service). According to a new study, religion among college students is divided three ways, and the “nones” (unaffiliated) are dominating the demographic.
“I find this a fascinating phenomenon: the ability we have to manipulate ourselves so that the foundation of our beliefs is never shaken.” — the character Renee in Muriel Barbery’s The Elegance of the Hedgehog
In the middle of June, I was in the thick of writing the book Consider No Evil: Two Faith Traditions and The Problem of Academic Freedom in Religious Higher Education with my co-author, Menachem Wecker. Part of that project involved defining academic freedom and discussing its limits. In this week’s 3 for Thursday, I’m
As if the Sandy Hook shooting wasn’t tragic enough, many of the responses from religious leaders represented the worst in humanity. As a result, I wrote (somewhat therapeutically) “Why Do Some Theologians Blame The Victim?” for The Huffington Post religion section. There is not much I need to say to lead into this except that I hope
Updated: Would you vote for an atheist president? Some interesting numbers were released last week from the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life and Gallup. The Pew Forum survey looked at religious identification and the presidency and shows that most voters want to have a president with strong religious beliefs. The survey also
Dr. Peter Enns is known for many things; he’s a Yankees fan, a biblical studies scholar, and, in the years I’ve known him, a frequently-targeted controversial figure. A former tenured-professor at Westminster Theological Seminary, Dr. Enns originally found significant attention over his 2005 book, Inspiration and Incarnation: Evangelicals and the Problem of the Old
The Swerve: How the World Became Modern by Stephen Greenblatt W.W. Norton & Company, 2011 356 pages (Hardcover) Available Amazon Powell’s Some ideas are heralded with the blast of a trumpet and brazenly ushered in, but some are stumbled upon. In Stephen Greenblatt’s (John Cogan University Professor of the Humanities at Harvard University) now