Category Archives: Faith & Scholarship

Religious Studies and Theology: Living in Both Worlds

[This post was originally published 08/2009] Chris Heard over at Higgaion posted an interesting discussion of Kurt Noll’s article, “The Ethics of Being a Theologian,” over at the Chronicle of Higher Education web site. While I agree with Chris that … Continue reading

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Thinking Christianly

I preached a two-part sermon series a few weeks ago about the importance of thinking Christianly. Now I am well aware that there are some who think that putting “Christian” and “thinking” in the same phrase is an oxymoron, but … Continue reading

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God’s Word in Human Words with Dr. Kenton Sparks

Tomorrow evening I will be picking up Dr. Kenton Sparks at the airport. He is the speaker for Taylor University College’s “Faith & Culture Conference” which runs Thursday and Friday of this week. The title of this year’s conference is … Continue reading

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Writing “On the Side”

Scott McKnight over at Jesus Creed has a thought-provoking post on “Writing — On the Side.” His comments resonate with my own thoughts, though I don’t find writing comes easy. Just this morning I was staring at my computer screen … Continue reading

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God in the Academy

Inside Higher Ed recently reported on the findings of a survey regarding the religiosity of college and university professors in the United States. The study was conducted by by two sociologists, Neil Gross of Harvard University and Solon Simmons of … Continue reading

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Skeptiticism and Secularism in Scholarship

James Crossley over at Earliest Christian History has a thoughtful post on secularism and scholarship entitled, “Sheffield and the Secular.” His post is in response to Michael Bird‘s post, “Secularism and Biblical Studies.” Michael’s point of departure is a recent … Continue reading

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Doubt and Scholarship

Ben Witherington has a good post entitled, “Justification by Doubt“, that is worth a read. Here is an excerpt: But there is a particular trait of some Biblical scholars, indeed many of them, which I would like to comment on, … Continue reading

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Faith-Based Wissenschaft: An Oxymoron?

Michael V. Fox has a thought provoking essay at the most recent SBL Forum entitled, “Bible Scholarship and Faith-Based Study: My View.” While I have the utmost respect for Fox as a scholar (his various works on the wisdom literature … Continue reading

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Between Athens and Jerusalem: Thoughts on Critical Commitment

Thanks to the heads up on Michael Pahl’s blog, I took a look at the latest SBL Forum and read C. Drew Smith’s post, "’Between Athens and Jerusalem’: Reading Liberal Books at Church-Based Universities." As a professor at a faith-based … Continue reading

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