Not My Cross, But My Monkeys

I appreciated the convergence of these two cartoons in my feed today. The first came to my attention via Ted Herrlich. The second is by David Hayward, who also made a similar point in an earlier cartoon: [Read more...]

The Myth of a Mythical Jesus

I appreciated this way that Tim Dooley expressed a major problem with Jesus mythicism on Facebook, and so asked for permission to turn it into a meme. Mythicism tries, on the one hand, to turn the writings of early Christians who thought Jesus had lived into history into evidence of something else, while on the other hand, it [Read More...]

Proof Young-Earth Creationists Don’t Care What the Bible Says

The Institute for Creation Research recently shared the above image on Facebook, claiming that Jesus quotes from Genesis more often than any other book in the Old Testament. That claim is verifiably false. This is a clear example of them (1) assuming that what is central to them simply must have been important to Jesus, (2) not [Read More...]

There Are No Scriptural Literalists

A quote from Dan McClellan, which I mentioned in another recent post, and have now turned into a meme. [Read more...]

The Gospel of Grondin’s Interlinear (The Papyrus Formerly Known as the “Gospel of Jesus’ Wife”)

It may be time to redesignate the so-called “Gospel of Jesus’ Wife” as the “Gospel of Grondin’s Interlinear.” A new development that it has taken me a couple of days to blog about, but which is still in time for the upcoming York Christian Apocrypha Symposium focused on “Fakes, Forgeries, and Fictions: Writing Ancient and [Read More...]

Self-Serving Theologies: The Kim Davis Saga

Several memes and political cartoons have addressed the hypocrisy in Kim Davis’ desire to have her own freedoms respected, while demanding the right to discriminate against others. Here are a few of my favorites: And this one is from a while back, yet could have been made today: The first two come via other Patheos bloggers [Read More...]

Protect Your Religious Freedom By Protecting That Of Others

On Facebook, Joe Childers wrote the following: Concerning the county clerk in Kentucky: Religiously neutral civil mechanisms are the only possible way for true religious freedom to exist for multiple religions simultaneously. Civil servants who are religious ought therefore to be even more scrupulous about preserving religious neutrality in their duties than non-religious servants, for [Read More...]

Biblical Studies Carnival August 2015

Bob MacDonald has posted the latest Biblical Studies Carnival. One of the things he includes is my post about the bloggers’ dinner at SBL and AAR this year. We have a proposed day and time, but still need a venue. Anyone know downtown Atlanta well enough to make some suggestions? The September carnival will be hosted [Read More...]

How To Get The Least Possible Out Of University Religion Classes

Michael Kruger has made a video which describes his own experience of having taken classes with Bart Ehrman, who he depicts as attacking Christianity. He complains that youth groups do not prepare student intellectually for their experience at university. That is true – but what Kruger seems to want is not intellectual and academic preparation, but inoculation that [Read More...]

Take the Bible Literally

N. T. Wrong reminded me of this great quote from James Barr: In my opinion, it was a big mistake for many of the mainline religious organizations when they opposed the creationists by saying that the Bible should not be taken literally. This is not what the creationists do. It is, on the contrary, what [Read More...]

In the Even(t) of an Emergency

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