Interested in Academic Freedom in Religious Higher Ed? Read an Excerpt from Consider No Evil

If you haven’t had a chance to get Menachem Wecker’s and my book, Consider No Evil: Two Faith Traditions and the Problem of Academic Freedom in Religious Higher Education (Cascade Books, 2014), but are interested reading a sample, then you’re in luck. Below you’ll find an excerpt from the book (chapter one).

Both of our first chapters are memoir and help to set up the more analytical side of the following chapters. My story stops at my time as a professor of the history of Christianity and religious studies at Winebrenner Theological Seminary, which I left last July (more on that here). I’m currently teaching at The University of Findlay.

The “Table of Contents” is included in the PDF. So if you’re interested in academic freedom in religious higher education, then click the book cover below and enjoy! And if you want to read the rest, see Amazon where it’s available in hardcover, paperback, and for Kindle.

***Used with Permission of Wipf and Stock Publishers


Ohio Northern University

At The Midwest American Academy of Religion

This weekend I’ll be delivering two papers at the Midwest American Academy of Religion meeting at Ohio Northern University. Both papers reflect are reflective of the time I spent in the Evangelical world and my academic interest in the perceptions of science by the religious.

Teaching Religion

The first paper is Saturday at the Teaching Religion section at 4:15 p.m., and the title is “Observations from Teaching in an Evangelical Seminary: Strategies for Communication between Scientists and Wary Religious Non-Specialists on Controversial Issues” (Dukes Hall room 254).

Ecology and Science in the Study of Religion

The second paper is for the Ecology and Science in the Study of Religion section on Sunday morning at 8:30 (Dukes Hall, room 153) and the title is “Redacting the Book of Nature?: The Reception of Neuroscience in the Last Two Decades and Its Attending Ramifications for the Soul Among American Evangelicals.”

If you’re going to be there, stop by and say hi.



Review of “Consider No Evil” in The National Catholic Reporter

My book, Consider No Evil: Two Faith Traditions and the Problem of Academic Freedom in Religious Higher Education was just reviewed in the National Catholic Reporter (“When dogma and scholarship clash“). It’s a favorable review. The author identifies me as a writer for The Huffington Post, which I do contribute to often, but I would have just said “professor” or “writer,” since I’m not actually employed by them and that isn’t my primary identifier. Click the image to read.



Rebecca Stead’s Smart Middle Grade Fiction

I love middle grade fiction and one of my favorite writers is that of Kate DiCamillo, who I’ve done a deep-read of in the past. Her themes engage real life issues—from death to childlessness—without sacrificing the pleasure of the imagination.

Likewise, I finished a deep-read of Rebecca Stead’s books and really can’t praise them too much. Like DiCamillo, there is a sense of grounding the story in real-life issues while also embracing the imagination. At times (though not always) her plotting involves great twists and an appropriate level of science fiction.

As I was thinking about her work this week, Continue reading…