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March 08, 2017
Is Christianity Thriving Because its Critics Aren’t Doing Enough?
The past few years, I've gone from studying early Christianity and the Bible from a...
January 04, 2017
Is Christianity Fundamentally Sexist?
Or Women in the Apostle Paul’s Anthropology: the Image of God, Once Removed? I once...
December 28, 2016
Why Biblical Inerrancy May Be Catholicism’s Biggest Problem
Over the past several years, I've gotten the impression that many people believe the...
December 08, 2016
Some Problem Areas for the Compatibility of Religion and Evolution
I spend a lot of time talking religion and theology in pretty literate, mostly progressive...
December 01, 2016
Has Noah Lost His Flood? The Ever-diminishing Biblical Deluge
I started writing this just as a summary and analysis of an interesting (and...
September 25, 2016
Why Jesus Really Hasn’t Come Back Yet
(A Response to Christopher Hays & Co.) Over the past week, Biblical scholar and...
September 21, 2016
The Incredible Technological Feat Behind Reading a New Biblical Scroll
Through 'virtual unwrapping,' a burned and crushed scroll is read without opening it.
September 19, 2016
An Important New Book on the Background of the Biblical Gospels
An important new volume of essays, Enoch and the Synoptic Gospels: Reminiscences, Allusions, Intertextuality, is...
September 18, 2016
The History of Early Biblical Interpretation — as a Weapon (and a Shield)
The past few years I've been pretty active in a community of predominantly progressive Christians—or progressive at...
August 29, 2016
In the Beginning and End of the World: Ken Ham and the Biblical Flood
The infamous Christian creationist and all-around controversialist Ken Ham has been making the news a lot recently, due...
June 09, 2016
The (Controversial) Translation of Jeremiah 20:7: Contesting Language of Sexual Violence
Over on the Catholic channel at CosmosTheInLost, Artur Rosman has made a provocative post on the...
April 30, 2016
What Does It Mean to Take the Bible as “Metaphor”?
There are two pieces of confusion that I want to address here, about what it...
April 12, 2016
AskMeAnything on Early Christianity (and Judaism), on Reddit!
I just started an AMA on the fantastic /r/HistoryOfIdeas subreddit, the link to which can...
April 03, 2016
The Incompatibilities of Catholicism and Critical Thought
The first post I made on this blog set forth my agenda on Patheos: to...
March 09, 2016
Afterlife Punishment in the New Testament and the New Academic Apologetics
A couple of months ago I wrote a post entitled “'But If You Look at the Original...
March 08, 2016
The Enigmatic Origins of the Gospel of John (and Eyewitness Testimony)
(This post is a continuation of my last one, addressing some arguments by Catholic...
March 04, 2016
The Historical Jesus and the Gospel Witnesses? (A Response to Brant Pitre)
In my previous post, I tackled the first of Catholic Biblical scholar Brant Pitre's responses to...
February 16, 2016
The Christian Moral Imperative to Not Have Children
"The Son of Man goes as it is written of him, but woe to...
January 27, 2016
The Strange Medieval Tale of Judas’ Aerial Battle With (and Rape of) Jesus
The Toledot Yeshu is a notoriously elusive text—or rather, a sort of corpus of related texts, some...
January 11, 2016
God and Child Sacrifice (Ezekiel 20:25-26): The Last Pieces of the Puzzle
This is now, in effect, my third post—and hopefully the last one—in a series on the multifaceted and...
January 06, 2016
Does God Admit that He Legally Sanctioned Child Sacrifice in the Book of Ezekiel?
About a month ago, I wrote a post entitled "The Legacy of Child Sacrifice in Early...
December 15, 2015
“But If You Look at the Original Greek…”: A Plea for Caution
(Some of the impetus for this post was inspired by a similar one on Reddit's /r/Christianity from about a year...
November 30, 2015
The Legacy of Child Sacrifice in Early Judaism and Christianity
"Tantum religio potuit suadere malorum..." In this post I want explore how in the earliest...
November 19, 2015
The “Second Coming” and the Decisive Failure of Christianity
Over at Unfundamentalist Christians, Chuck Queen has written a post questioning whether Christians necessarily have to believe in...
November 17, 2015
Was the Old Testament God Really Powerless Against “Iron Chariots”?
Judges 1:19 has become a popular Biblical verse for critics of Christianity. A phrase/idea in...
November 13, 2015
In Defense of the Christian God as “Magic Sky Fairy”
Little stands as an object of greater (counter-)ridicule for atheists on the internet than the popularity of...
November 07, 2015
Mormonism, Masculinity, and Magic (Part 1)
So, in the course of looking for something that I'm pretty sure was completely unrelated,...
October 28, 2015
The Bible and “Allegory,” “Metaphor,” etc.
My purpose in this post is pretty modest: encouraging everyone to be more careful with the...
October 20, 2015
Did Christ Go Up to “Hell,” Not Down?
The Descensus ad Inferos—the idea of the postmortem descent of Christ into the underworld—has been an...
October 12, 2015
Evangelicals, Academia, & Inerrancy: Enns’ “Inspiration and Incarnation,” 10 Years On
Note: this post is a contribution to the Patheos Book Club discussion on the recently published second edition...
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