Exit Stage Left: On My Departure from Winebrenner

This year I’ve decided to make big changes in my life. I am leaving Winebrenner Theological Seminary—with my last day being July 31st—where I have served as assistant professor of the history of Christianity and religious studies and director of the M.A.T.S. program. While there are many stories in the news of professors forced out of faith-based schools (the subject of my new book, Consider No Evil: Two Faith Traditions and the Problem of Academic Freedom in Religious Higher Education), Winebrenner has not asked me to leave and my departure is an amicable one. While Continue reading…


Book News: When It Rains It Pours

This has been a busy week for book news for me and not just for one of my books.

WithrowWeckerConsiderNoEvilFrontCoverConsider No Evil: Two Faith Traditions and the Problem of Academic Freedom in Religious Higher Education

First—news from newest to oldest—according to my publisher, my forthcoming book, Consider No Evil: Two Faith Traditions and the Problem of Academic Freedom in Religious Higher Education, should be released in July/early August. I’m a little fuzzy on precise date just yet, but I will update things here when I know. In the meantime, I also hear a pre-order page should be up relatively soon at Amazon. I’ll announce that here when it is available. It will be released as paperback ($24), hardcover ($39), and Kindle ($9.99) editions, but I’m not entirely sure if it will happen all at once. Continue reading…

Moses Smashing the Tablets of the Law
Rembrandt: Date: 1659

Evangelical Professors Give Moses an “F” in Ethics

In On Faith today I have a piece on violence in the Bible (“Let There Be Violence?”), which might not sit well with some. In this piece I bring to the foreground the violence in the Old Testament, and particularly those passages where it appears that God is endorsing this violence (e.g. the slaughter of women and children). The article features interviews with Christian academics, especially evangelicals, who take issue with the violence portrayed in the Old Testament. Letting these voices speak is my primary reason for writing this piece.

Most often, the conservative right in the evangelical world are those who set the tone for how to read the Bible. The insistence upon reading the Bible as history and without error leads to the endorsement of very disturbing passages, which Continue reading…


Academic Freedom and the Anti-Evolution Movement at Bryan College

My new article “The Casualties of Bryan College’s Anti-Evolution Revolution” is up at The Huffington Post. In it I look at the controversy surfacing at Bryan College with the new creationist statement that faculty will be obligated to sign. In writing, Consider No Evil: Two Faith Traditions and the Problem of Academic Freedom in Religious Higher Education (forthcoming, 2014), my co-author (Menachem Wecker) and I ran across no shortage of stories involving institutions of higher education returning to their creationist roots. Bryan is just one among many and likely many more to come.

Dayton, Tennessee, perhaps best-known for being the location of the 1925 Scopes Monkey Trial, is back in the news with a controversy at Bryan College, named for William Jennings Bryan, the anti-evolutionist counsel at Scopes. As of a recent board meeting, the faculty at the college Continue reading…

"The Expulsion of Adam and Eve from Paradise"  Benjamin West (1791).

The Problems of Creationism

My newest article, “‘There is a book,’ but Ken Ham has no idea how to read it,” is up at Toledo Faith and Values (a local hub for the Religion News Service). In it I offer a critique of creationism, and specifically Ken Ham. It is a post Ham-Nye debate article that I hesitated to write, especially since there was so much already said. (I decided to ignore that voice in my head and do it anyway.) Continue reading…