Responsible Resurrection: A multiplicity of resurrections (interview with Bruce Chilton)

In part two of our Responsible Resurrection series, professor, author, and scholar Bruce Chilton talks about his quest to understand how resurrection worked in period prior to Jesus. What beliefs were prominent? What were the implications of a resurrection story? He concludes that what we are frequently told is the case, is not the case! [...]

American Heretics

We are excited to announce a screening of the new documentary, American Heretics: The Politics of the Gospel, at our Spring Meeting, which features the life and work of Westar scholars and members, among others. This film takes audiences into the Bible belt where a group of defiant ministers, scholars, congregations, and community leaders are challenging [...]

Really Dead / Truly Alive

The bizarre phrase “dead in Christ” in 1 Thessalonians 4:16 has long fascinated me, but never more than in dealing with the recent death of my son. The phrase appears in 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18, the earliest extant discussion of death and resurrection in the New Testament. I have discussed this text at some length in [...]

Burying my son

Two days ago on Friday, August 24, 2018, my son, Jonathan Scott, was buried in New Orleans. Now on the third day I grieve by writing out my grief in reflections on that burial. My son was a gentle, joyful, intelligent person. He owned F&F Botanica and Spiritual Supply. He cared for many people and [...]

Peace where there is no peace

Will there be no peace? Following the Las Vegas attacks last week, Diane Feinstein beseeched the American people in the fight for gun control: "Help us,” she said. "We know the power that is on the other side. You have to stand up for this.” And then the NRA also stood up in support of a ban on bump [...]