That’s “A. K. M. Adam,” Not “Scott Adams”

I have neither the time nor the foolishness to devote a lot of time to responding to Scott Adams’ recent forays into the field of theory-of-religion; a comprehensively prudent blogger would just say, “Discuss among yourselves.” Lacking that degree of prudence, I may simply observe that mockery doesn’t constitute the acid text of sound teaching;…

This

I’m trying to map out my forty minutes for Saturday’s Chicago Society of Biblical Research meeting. I know I can fill the time; the key (as I learned last spring, in the difference between a presentation at Notre Dame and my Winslow Lecture) boils down to organization, as Seabury’s Writing Group veterans can testify. Some…

Shaloha to You, Too

We knew Alex Golub way back when his prestige appointment was Professor of Melanesian Hermeneutics at the University of Blogaria, when he used to keep Seabury wired and was still working on his dissertation. Now, though, he’s stepped onto the larger stage of academic stardom not only with his participation in the hip anthropologists’ Savage…

Absorta Est Mors in Victoria

I am a man of frail, faint faith — ὀλιγόπιστος, oligopistos, as Jesus frequently calls his disciples in Matthew’s Gospel — and spending a Lent in reflection on death has not engendered an efflorescence of unwavering confidence in me. In hymn, Death no longer can appall, but once the hymn is over I’m as appalled…

Done Is Enough

I filed my taxes electronically this afternoon. Though I have lots to say about my paper for next Saturday and Easter and stuff, today I’m just purging the tax experience from my mind. Thanks for the helpful advice — we’ll definitely take it once the trauma has abated. Meantime — beginning at sundown — Happy…

Not Funny, Either Way

Betsy Devine is a very funny woman, but she’s also an implacable enemy of political fustian. She’s sunk her teeth into the New Hampshire phone-jamming scandal and serves up all the details that more conventional news sources don’t think fit to print.

What’s Up

If you noticed my recent reticence online, I can explain that this year I’m having a particularly acute case of my annual tax-phobia-stress. Every year, I resolve to track down an accountant to do them for me; every year, I put it off till too late. I’m going public with this year’s panic so that…

Rolls Eyes, Smacks Forehead

The Secretary of the Chicago Society for Biblical Research has been after me for a long time, to read a paper at one of the meetings we hold (meetings that I hardly ever have time to go to, so why I should be reading a paper at one escapes me). The papers I remember typically…

Dads

Prayers and heartfelt sympathy to Jeneane and Halley. We’re holding your hands, wiping your eyes. We love you and we’re with you. You too, Joey.

Non-Entry

At the end of a busy day, I wish I had something short enough and weighty enough to blog. There are plenty of topics about which I have long pieces to write — but they come in second to doing taxes and writing the preface to one of the books coming out this year. I…