ICYMI: On Kings and Trump Cards

A student asked me the other day whether King's legacy is something to be given up since it can be used for contrary ends. My piece doesn't answer this with a clear answer. I do hope that it leaves readers asking that question. To me that question is a prior step to ruthlessly careful and self-conscious criticism.

Reading “The African American Bible” on Paper and in Class

The Journal of Biblical Literature recently published a series on ways that biblical scholars have engaged with #BlackLivesMatter in their work.

The Bible and Race in the USA: Dreaming of Ahistories

In just a few short weeks, the American Academy of Religion (AAR) and the Society of Biblical Literature (SBL) will be holding their joint annual meeting. Recently, the AAR took up the tradition of bandying a theme; "Revolutionary Love." Elsewhere I've offered remarks on the issues it raises for the type of work that I … Continue reading The Bible and Race in the USA: Dreaming of Ahistories

The Bible and Race in the USA: An Introduction to Contexts

In 2014 I began teaching an Elizabethtown College course called "The Bible and Race in the USA." It's a seminar driven by a question about how discourses like "Bible," "race" and "America" inform each other to the extent that we can hardly unweave them. There's a craftiness to textuality that we quickly forget all that … Continue reading The Bible and Race in the USA: An Introduction to Contexts

Whither the Study of Religion and Culture?

By definition, students are committed to forming an awareness of these constructions. Do they have to abandon using the term? No. But they should think carefully about what they intend by doing so, especially when trying to convey their observations, questions, and arguments to others.