Subverting the Sacred

Introduction After briefly situating sociologist and theologian Ali Shariʿati historically and geopolitically within the context of pre-revolutionary Iran in the 1960s and 70s, this paper will procee...

The White Light Festival

When the applause died down and the lights went up, I sat in my seat at the center of the front row spellbound by the performance of Judith I had just seen. I’d heard her anxiety, her praye...

Nick Fiedler Interviews Thom Stark

My interview with Nick Fiedler from the Nick and Josh Podcast is now online. There’s a few minutes of humorous banter between Nick and Josh before the interview gets going. We talk about my book...

the identity crisis of christ

In this world, Jesus has no identity that would have been meaningful for a first-century person. He is estranged from his family, chased from his home, had his mentor murdered and had a gentile woman ...

Clearing the Heir

Clearing the Heir: A Critical Examination of Ernst Herzfeld’s Reading of Dan 7.13 In his massive two-volume, 851-page tome on Zoroaster published in 1947, German archaeologist Ernst Herzfeld assigne...

The Prodigal Son

Sundays when I was little, our beleaguered mother—divorced, in school, raising three kids—put us on the church bus, put a roast in the crock pot, and settled in for a couple of hours of respite. S...

The Joshua Delusion

Review: Douglas S. Earl, The Joshua Delusion? Rethinking Genocide in the Bible. Eugene: Cascade, 2010. Paperback. 190 pages. $22.00. ISBN 13: 978-1-60899-892-0. Buy this book here. My thanks to Wipf a...

The Old Rugged Cross

My drama teacher in high school taught me how to play the blues and drink my coffee black (he probably would have taught me to chain smoke, too, but I took a pass). I’ve also been a church musi...

If Christ Has Not Been Raised

One axiom that I hear all the time is that if the Bible is false, or is not self-evidentially true, or there is no God, or there was no resurrection, that we are wasting our time, and we might as well...