Humanities

Hoping for the Millennium

A few weeks ago I posted an article I had published back in the year 2000, on “Salvation” in the Encyclopedia of Millennialism and Millennial Movements, edited by Richard Lances. Here is another dealing with Millennialism in the Ancient World–by that I mean the ancient Near East/Mediterranean world. I tried my best, in just three pages to [...]...

Novels Set in the Charlotte Area

A reader of my Storied Charlotte blog recently sent me an email in which she asked, “Are there any novels set in Charlotte?”  I responded by sending her a list of five novels that take place in Charlotte, but her question sparked my curiosity.  I started researching this topic, and I soon realized that my initial list of five novels was way too short.  I then decided to compile a list of ten novels set in Charlotte, and then I upped it to a dozen, and I finally settled on a list of...

Older is Not Necessarily Better: My First Experiences with New Testament Greek

First a bit of personal background. I began my study of New Testament  (Koiné) Greek at the tender age of 17 as a young college freshman at what was then called Abilene Christian College (today Abilene Christian University), one of the flagship schools of the Churches of Christ. My family, on both sides, were actively [...]...

Genre Fiction Set in Charlotte

Charlotte is not only the home of bestselling author Kathy Reichs, but it is also the setting for many of her popular Temperance Brennan mystery novels.   Reichs is one of many genre fiction writers who use Charlotte as a setting for their stories.  These authors show different sides of Charlotte, but they all draw attention to the Queen City.  For the purposes of this Storied Charlotte blog post, I am focusing on ten such authors.  Often these authors...

Paula Martinac and the Queen City

In Paula Martinac’s recently published novel Clio Rising, the central character, a young woman named Livvie Bliss, leaves her home in North Carolina and relocates to New York in 1983.  She moves to New York so that she can pursue a career in publishing and because she feels that she can live openly as a lesbian in New York.  Paula’s story has connections to Livvie’s story, but there is a key difference.  Paula spent much of her adult life pursuing a publishing and writing...

Neoliberalism and Health

I’m prepping for my fall course on neoliberalism, and I thought I’d share the lecture on neoliberalism and health because it might prove helpful in thinking through what’s going on these days with social and political responses to COVID-19. Because......

Washed in the Blood vs. Keeping the Commandments

Bart Ehrman has a very interesting post up on his blog (July 3) titled “Do Matthew and Paul Agree on the Matter Most Important to them Both?” I highly recommend both the post and the blog. 1)The blog requires a membership fee, which is rare among us Bible Bloggers, but I think a brilliant idea [...]...

Horizon, Capacity, and Toxic NRG

I’ve been working on some material that follows up on the work I’ve done in my past two books and thinks about resilience and melancholy in the context of post-probabilist and/or speculative neoliberalisms. This piece is some of the first......

PBS “Closer to Truth” Episodes now Available Free for Live Streaming

Over the years I have mentioned on this blog Dr. Robert L. Kuhn’s remarkable PBS series “Closer to Truth” probing the “great questions” related to “Cosmos, Consciousness, and Meaning” with interviews from leading scientists, philosophers, and theologians. Kuhn began the series, appropriately, in the year 2000, with the turning of the Millennium, and it has [...]...

Shelton Drum, the Founder of Heroes Aren’t Hard to Find

For Charlotte’s readers of comic books, graphic novels and manga, Shelton Drum has achieved the status of a local legend.  Forty years ago, Shelton founded Heroes Aren’t Hard to Find, an independent comics shop, which is now located at 417 Pecan Avenue in Charlotte’s Plaza-Midwood neighborhood. Although he was only in his twenties at the time, he already had extensive experience collecting comic books.  His customers appreciated his expertise and enjoyed talking...