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Religious Change Denial: The Shifting of American Religion and Where to go From Here

There are climate change deniers. Though I do not know, likely most followers of Westar will say, "Tell me something I don't know." What about religion change deniers? Is there such a thing as religious change denial?

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Helping Jesus Fulfill Prophecy

In his presentation “Helping Jesus Fulfill Prophecy,” at the Westar Institute’s Spring 2017 national meeting, Robert J. Miller of Juniata College gave an entertaining explanation of how ancient Hebrews and Greeks thought of prophecy in order to show how New Testament authors came to treat scripture as a malleable source of authority on Jesus.

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The Rape of Eve

Celene Lillie of the Tanho Center in Boulder, Colorado, and author of The Rape of Eve: The Transformation of Roman Ideology in Three Early Christian Retellings of Genesis presented “The Rape of Eve” at the Westar Institute’s Spring 2017 national meeting in Santa Rosa, California, on Thursday, March 23rd. Lillie began and ended by telling [...]

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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, [...]

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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, [...]