Two New Events at The SoL Center!

Two more events are live for registration at The SoL Center:

- Who is Jesus? What a Difference a Lens Makes w. Prof. Rubén Dupertuis

- At the Crossroads of Adolescence and the World's Religions w. Fr. Nathan Bostian

To learn more and register go here.

The Use of the Bible in Interfaith Dialogue

This is sad, but accurate commentary from True and Holy: Christian Scripture and Other Religions by Leo D. Lefebure (pp. 10-11):

In contexts where people inherit a past filled with hostility and where interreligious relationships continue to be highly conflicted, the Bible can tragically serve as an arsenal offering weapons of war with which to attack opponents. Viewed through a lens of hostility, the Bible can be interpreted as harshly condemning other religious perspectives, leaving no room whatsoever for dialogue. Most of the history of Christian interpretation of the Bible in relation to other religions has been dominated by a hermeneutics of hostility, which sees every other religious tradition as an enemy and which looks to the Bible as a resource for condemning other religions and their followers.

New Job: Religious Studies Teacher at TMI-The Episcopal School of Texas

Today I received my salary agreement in the mail, so I guess now is as good a time as any to announce that I will be joining TMI-The Episcopal School of Texas as the new Religious Studies Teacher for the 2016-2017 academic year. My responsibilities include teaching Hebrew Bible, New Testament, comparative religion, introduction to philosophy, and an elective. I am thrilled by this opportunity, one that seemingly appeared out of the blue. 

I have added a new page to this website where I will be including resources for the classes I'll be teaching. Feel free to recommend anything you think would be fitting!

Recycled Book Review #2: Childs, The Church's Guide to Reading Paul

I remember reading this book because when I read it because I worked as an overnight counselor in a facility for adolescents that functioned as an in-between for juvenile hall and group homes. Why do I remember this? Because the book didn't make me sleepy, which was often the trial and tribulation of reading while waiting for the residents to fall asleep. What do I think of Brevard Childs' The Church's Guide to Reading Paul: The Canonical Shaping of the Pauline Corpus today? Well, I haven't given much thought to the prescriptive dimensions of his argument (i.e., if this is how the canon was outlined, it must mean "the Church" wanted us to formulate Paul's contribution to Christian theology in this order, so that is what must be done), but I have pondered the descriptive aspect (this is what was intended, so it tells us a bit about why Christians ordered the New Testament as they did). 

The real question is this: What did I think of Childs' argument in 2009 when I wrote the review? Here's a sample:

Although I am not sure exactly how I feel about Childs attempt to move from the “historical” Paul to the “canonical” Paul I do agree with Ellen F. Davis who wrote on the back of the book that, “This book will remain part of our conversation for years to come”. If anything it will cause Pauline scholarship to ask itself whether or not the search for the historical Paul is as important as the canonical Paul that has been handed down to us.

Sounds like I was as ambiguous then as I am now! If you want to read what I thought of Childs' final book when I reviewed it on April 18th, 2009, you can read the full review here: Book Review: Brevard S. Childs, The Church's Guide to Reading Paul.