Responsible Resurrection: Inventing the Passion (interview with Art Dewey)

The more we make Jesus "special," the more we play into the hands of Empire. Westar Scholar Art Dewey walks us through how he suggests the Passion narrative came to be what it is -- and why we so often seek to find literal fact where there is none. This is Part I of our [...]

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Spring Meeting Preview with Jack Caputo

Are history and theology compatible? This is the question our Spring Meeting session with Jack Caputo and Brandon Scott seeks to answer. Here, Jack gives a preview of the discussion. Watch now. 

God, the decolonial, and the human future

As we head toward the Westar 2019 annual meeting, I wish to highlight and comment on a memory from the 2018 Spring meeting. I want specially to think about and remember the noticeable discomfort, concern, and confusion that arose when “decoloniality” was discussed in the Seminar on God and the Human Future.  

Shattering the Sabbath’s Peace

On Saturday morning the Sabbath peace (Shabbat Shalom) was shattered in the Tree of Life Synagogue in the Squirrel Hill area of Pittsburgh. The first reports were gruesome: at least 11 people were dead, several police officers wounded. A morning celebration of a bris with 60 to 100 people was devastated by gunfire. Some hours [...]

Sodom and Gomorrah: How the “classical” interpretation gets it wrong

Recently, Franklin Graham reacted to a comment made by former President Jimmy Carter to the Huffington Post several years ago.  Carter said, “Jesus would promote any love affair if it was honest or sincere and was not damaging to anyone else. And I don't see that gay marriage damages anyone else." Breitbart dug up the [...]