Tony Cartledge Blog

Alternative faces

I continue to struggle with what to say these days: with so many bad choices, hurtful orders, and childish displays coming from the White House, it seems irresponsible not to comment on them — but many others more qualified than I are providing cogent...

It’s safe to talk Chinese

For now, at least, it seems safe to talk Chinese. It’s certainly not safe to talk politics, at least in a mixed crowd that might include both fans and detractors of the current president. Folks like me can only shake our heads at how he continues to lie with...

Honor where honor is due

I grew up back in the days when many people seem to think America was “great.” It was a time of blatant and unadulterated racism, when it took the hard and dangerous work of activists like Martin Luther King, John Lewis, and other Civil Rights pioneers...

The gift you always wanted

Need a last minute gift idea for someone dear, or even for yourself? Time’s a wastin’ (as Snuffy Smif likes to say) for you to register for the gift of a lifetime — a trip to Israel, the West Bank, and Jordan. Nurturing Faith Experiences and Campbell...

Pressing on …

The paucity of posts I’ve generated in the past few months reminds me of how hard it’s been for me to generate blogs lately. I could claim a lack of time, but I’ve always had to squeeze blog-writing into what are typically very busy days. I could...

Translating with an agenda …

Scholars sometimes make mistakes because they are lacking understanding or adequate information. That is regrettable, but understandable. Scholars — or persons who claim to be scholars — may also err in order to promote a personal agenda. Worse than...

All over the map

Attending a meeting of SBL/AAR (the Society of Biblical Literature/American Academy of Religion) is not unlike strolling along San Antonio’s famed Riverwalk: options abound, and all of them interesting, at least to people of a certain bent. The Alamo is just...

Of old papyrus and modern politics …

Americans are not the only ones whose political scene involves multiple perspectives and turbo-charged spin machines ready to frame any event to the advantage of a particular point of view. Israel is a primary case in point. This past week, representatives in Paris at...