Choosing Your Own Adventure: My Life as a Teenage Dungeon Master and How it Prepared Me to Teach College Classes

“Sherlock Holmes was the first fictional creation adults openly embraced as “real,” while deliberately ignoring or minimizing its creator, and this fetishization has continued for over a century…. Holmes demonstrated how the modern world could be re- enchanted through means entirely consistent with modernity.” (“Clap If You Believe in Sherlock Holmes: Mass Culture and the […]

Yeti or Not! Here We Come!

Daniel C. Taylor begins his book “Yeti: The Ecology of a Mystery” with a story about footprints. More specifically, he begins with an account of the pseudoscientification of animal prints (usually snow leopard or bear) in the Himalayas into the now well-worn tales of the abominable snowman said to haunt the reaches of Mt. Everest […]

Ignorance is Not Purity

I saw this article posted on someone else’s page and there are two reasons I am responding to it. 1.) As a scholar of religion who analyzes the use of symbols and practices as a profession and 2.) because I was made deeply happy to see other Christians responding to it critically. We need to […]

Losing a Game You Never Should Have Played

I’m glad to see editorials like this one, openly and publicly questioning the relationship between conservative Christianity and Republican politics and the impact it is likely to have on American Christianity going forward — but I can’t help noticing that there’s a rather significant bent of accusation aimed at liberal and progressive Christians here for […]

A Statement on the Universal Subordination of Women

Within academic Feminist theory there lies a deeply troubling question: Why are women universally subordinated? Of course, the nature of this question in many ways presupposes the kinds of answers we should expect. However, while this does not completely devalue either the question or the analysis, we should evaluate the principal premise because it is […]