I continue my conversation about the Book of Acts. This week I speak with Dennis Smith, New Testament Professor at Phillips Theological Seminary, chair of the Acts Seminar and co-editor of Acts and Christian Beginnings: The Acts Seminar Report. The Acts Seminar spent ten years analyzing the Book of Acts from an historical perspective. They made some important conclusions. Here is a top ten list! Bottom line: Acts is a second-century myth of Christian origins. They are ready to shake up scholarship and they invite critical response.
Is the Book of Acts in the New Testament history or myth? For the next two weeks I speak with the two co-chairs of the Acts Seminar, Joseph Tyson and Dennis Smith. For ten years the Westar Institute has evaluated the historicity of the Book of Acts. They have produced Acts and Christian Beginnings: The Acts Seminar Report. They have made some important conclusions. Here is a top ten list. This week I speak with Dr. Tyson of Southern Methodist University about his take on Acts and the Acts Seminar.
Charles "Chuck" Shingledecker cares about religion and about matters of faith. He cares so much that he is willing to engage in the honest searching tradition of apophatic theology. The fruit of this search is his book, Freedom to Doubt. He puts his inquiring mind to work doubting biblical stories and theological doctrines and shows that doubt, not fear, is the beginning of wisdom.
Fed up with the arrogance, intolerance, and absolutism of religion? Rev. Martin Thielen, pastor of the Cookeville United Methodist Church in Cookeville, Tennessee is too. But he says that is not what religion has to be. He makes the case for good religion in his latest book, The Answer to Bad Religion is Not No Religion: A Guide to Good Religion for Seekers, Skeptics, and Believers. Join us for a candid conversation about religion, good and bad!
Why is the South so religious? Why is it the Bible Belt? Do begin to answer that complex question we need to go back to Colonial times before the First Great Awakening. Dr. Thomas Little is associate professor of history at Emory and Henry College in Emory, Virginia and the author of The Origins of Southern Evangelicalism: Religious Revivalism in the South Carolina Low Country, 1670-1760. He spoke with me about the early history of religious revival in the South.
Dr. Blaine Schubert is the Director of the ETSU Museum of Natural History and Gray Fossil Site (Facebook, Twitter) and Assistant Professor in the Department of Geosciences at East Tennessee State University. We participated in a panel for Darwin Day earlier this year. I invited him to speak with me on Religion For Life. We discussed caves, the Cave Paleontology Program at ETSU, the fossil site and natural history museum at Gray, the importance of science education, evolution, Richard Dawkins, and spirituality!
In this fourth of my four-part series on Israel/Palestine I speak with Rabbi Brant Rosen of Jewish Voices for Peace. The actions of Israel against Gaza in 2008 caused in him a change of heart which in turn made him revisit what Israel means to him. He chronicled this change in his blog Shalom Rav. This series of blog posts and comments became his book, Wrestling in the Daylight: A Rabbi's Path to Palestinian Solidarity. He discusses that book and why as a Jew he needs to stand in solidarity with Palestinians.
This is the third of my four-part series on Israel/Palestine. I continue my conversation with Rachel Fish, Associate Director of the Schusterman Center for Israeli Studies at Brandeis University. She speaks about Zionism Unsettled, the BDS movement, and defends the ideal of Israel as a Jewish state.
In the second of my four-part series on Israel/Palestine, I speak with Jonathan Kuttab of the Sabeel Ecumenical Liberation Theology Center. He is a human rights attorney and Palestinian Christian. He spoke to me about the Palestinian experience under Israeli occupation, the BDS movement, and Zionism Unsettled. This is his keynote address to Friends of Sabeel in April 2013.
Rachel Fish is Associate Director of the Schusterman Center for Israel Studies at Brandeis University. She is an educator and consultant and teaches about Zionism and Israeli history. In this first of four broadcasts on Israel/Palestine she discusses the work of the Schusterman Center, her Ph. D. thesis on the history of Bi-Nationalism, and the history of Zionism.