Swindler or Sincere Teacher? The Apostle Paul in a Wider Field

Surely we’ve all had that awkward experience of being cornered by someone with an urgent cure or insight that simply must be imparted for our benefit—no, for our very existence, our ultimate well-being! You might be entertained to learn that this was a rampant problem in the Roman Empire, too. Yes, it’s true: scamming, swindling, [...]

Tominaga: Japan’s 18th-Century Pioneer of Historical Consciousness

Today I published a guest article over at Bishop John Shelby Spong's Transformation Now newsletter. The article, called "Japan's 18th-Century Pioneer of Historical Consciousness," introduces Japanese historian Tominaga Nakamoto and how his ideas were used (against his original intent) to justify Buddhist persecution during the Meiji Restoration.

Biblical Studies Carnival 131 – January 2017

I would be remiss if I failed to kick off this Biblical Studies Carnival without pointing out the ‘yuuge’ elephant in the room, the US Presidential inauguration and change of administration. (I bet you thought I was going to say Morgan Freeman in The Story of God or or Jude Law in The Young Pope, [...]