Prof. Thomas Whitley and Sam Harrelson attempt to bring some thoughtfulness to the topic of religion again this week with a discussion of presidential politics and religion, metaphysics in the public sphere, ISIS and the antiquities black market, and whether we can recover lost texts.
This Week’s Topics
- Is it bad to have the Bible as the official state book?
- Presidential politics and religion… who gets it right and wrong?
- What are metaphysics and what do they have to do with our day to day faith (and politics)?
- Who were the Sea Peoples?
- How does ISIS profit from the illegal sale of antiquities?
- Is the idea of religious textual transmission and translation really a big deal?
- How could the same Greek make different English?
- Is there an original New Testament?
This Week in Beards
Religion In The News
- Sam’s Thinking Religion Links – Pinboard
- Tennessee House votes Bible as official state book – The Tennessean
- AP says nevermind, Tennessee – Twitter
- Jeb Bush to speak at Liberty University – Politico
- Indiana hires PR firm after religious objections law flap – AP
- Indiana and The Economics of Religious Freedom – Thomas in Marginalia
- The Critical Study of Religion – The Religious Studies Project Podcast
- Ted Cruz: The Gays are waging ‘jihad’ against ‘religious freedom’ – BoingBoing
- Ted Cruz, the Gay Jihad, and Origins Narratives – Thomas in ChurchHistory.org
- Hillary Clinton: Same-Sex Marriage Should Be a ‘Constitutional Right’ – NBC
- Is Hillary a Democrat? – Vocativ
- Researcher casts doubt on sea peoples theory – PastHorizons
- How ISIS created a terrorist art market – FOX News
- Finding Jesus – CNN
Thought Piece: Sacred Text Translation and Transmission