John On The Sudarion

I received an e-mail this past week about another subject, this time the reference in John 20:6-7 mentioning the cloth that had been on Jesus’ face. I suspect that one reason (perhaps the main or only reason) for the Gospel mentioning the detail is because it could be argued that, if someone had moved the [Read More...]

Evolution in a Christian Context

I had someone e-mail me recently with a question about whether Romans 14, with its teaching about the “strong” and the “weak”, provides good guidance for Christian who have come to realize that there are good reasons to accept biological evolution, and are now wondering whether to keep this to themselves or speak out about [Read More...]

Failing the Fundamentalist Final

For some reason yesterday I found myself imagining fundamentalists overseeing the final judgment, giving a “final exam” to make sure that only the truly saved get into heaven. It would have two questions: 1) Give your testimony of how you asked Jesus into your heart to become your personal Lord and Savior. 2) Construct a [Read More...]

My Five Books Meme

Jared Calaway has inflicted/blessed me with a meme that has been making the rounds in recent days. It was started by Ken Brown, and I thought I’d share what he wrote when he did so (since it includes both the rationale and the rules): As I’ve been preparing to apply for PhD programs, I’ve been [Read More...]

Inigo Montoya Addresses Fundamentalists

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Christian Nation Irony

It seems unlikely that at any point in the past the vast majority of inhabitants of the United States were devout Christians with a personal faith, as opposed to nominal Christians for whom their Christianity consisted largely of a “tribal identity” including churchgoing and assenting to some doctrinal beliefs and moral precepts. Does it not [Read More...]

Lull: A Good Time To Subscribe

I won’t predict a hiatus, but there is going to be, at the very least, a lull in my blogging in the near future. I have a conference in July in Oxford on the Mandaeans, and some preparations for that and other writing projects that I hope to work on before then. I may try [Read More...]

Bedtime Stories and the Bible: Myths and Miracles

Yesterday I saw the movie Bedtime Stories. It is a delightful tale that provides helpful insight into the value of stories, of myths and fables. If you haven’t seen it, you may want to do so before reading this post – there won’t be any spoilers per se, but in offering some suggestions about the [Read More...]

The Price of The Only True God

The number of blog posts with double meanings involving the title of my latest book seems to be without end. Be that as it may, I noticed that the price of the book has come back down on Amazon.com to the range it was in when they had a pre-order discount. So if that’s what [Read More...]

Gratitude Mingled with Theological Concern

I am grateful to Jared Calaway that he is going to be reviewing my book, and that he has already posted a first impression of the layout and contents. I nonetheless feel I must object on theological grounds to what the title of his post seems to be suggesting… [Read more...]

A Tale Of Two Bible Readers

Two men read the Bible, each in their own place. The first paid lip service to the whole thing. He praised the Bible, and extolled the importance of believing it all and doing it all. He spoke against homosexuality. He married the woman he raped. He put a great many of the Bible’s details into [Read More...]


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