Rafael Rodriguez is Wrong on Redaction

Rafael Rodriguez has posted some thoughts on reading Tom Holmén’s entry on “Authenticity Criteria” in the Routledge Encyclopedia of the Historical Jesus. Since Rafael and I have had conversations about this topic both in the blogosphere and in person, he won’t be surprised to hear that I think he is wrong. But since the theme [Read More...]

The August 2011 Biblical Studies Carnival Is Up!

Daniel O. McClellan has posted the latest Biblical Studies Carnival, and it addresses a range of views from carnythicism to carniementalism. Click through and enjoy! Many thanks to Dan for hosting the carnival this month. Don’t forget that next month’s carnival (i.e. the one featuring this month’s posts) will be right here at Exploring Our [Read More...]

Fake Giants

I’m sharing some links about the subject of alleged discoveries of giant skeletons because someone mentioned them to me at church yesterday. My relatively small stature thus has nothing to do with my interest in this subject… They Might Be Giants at Snopes.com National Geographic Giant Skeleton found in Middle East (Urban Legends) Rationalist International [Read More...]

Mystical Pregnancies and Other Sci-Fi Tropes Around the Blogosphere

TheoFantastique and Political Jesus shared a video as well as some links related to a classic trope in both religion and sci-fi: the impregnation of a woman with a child from another world: Elsewhere in the realm of sci-fi, Rod of Alexandria also posted a farcical account of the most famous time lord bringing the [Read More...]

Always Be Prepared To Make Up An Answer

I remember from my younger days in a conservative Christian context the importance we placed on 1 Peter 3:15: “Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have.” We didn’t often continue into the sentence that follows, “But do this with gentleness [Read More...]


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