Mythicism as Selectively Critical: The Example of Couchoud’s Treatment of John the Baptist

That mythicism is selectively critical, and selectively applies rigorous skepticism to sources, is easy to illustrate. Take  Couchoud’s treatment of John the Baptist as summarized in a recent post on the blog Vridar. There is no skepticism expressed about the words and views attributed to John the Baptist in the New Testament, no suggestion that [Read More...]

Why Doesn’t the Bible Contain Superior Medical Advice?

Many will consider the answer to the question posed in the title of this post obvious, as indeed do I: The Bible does not contain superior medical knowledge, or indeed anything that we might consider medical knowledge in the modern sense at all, because it was written before there was any medical knowledge, much less [Read More...]

Review of Roberge, The Paraphrase of Shem

My review of Michel Roberge’s book The Paraphrase of Shem (NH VII,1): Introduction, Translation and Commentary has been published in Review of Biblical Literature. Click through if you’d like to read it. [Read more...]

SB 89 Creationism Bill Vote in Indiana Senate Monday

I received this e-mail from the NCSE, which I assume the author will not mind me reproducing here in order to get the word out as quickly and effectively as possible: Dear Indiana NCSE members and friends, As you probably know Senate Bill 89, which would permit the teaching of “creation science” in Indiana science [Read More...]

Time Travel and the Bible

The blog Unreasonable Faith shared this cartoon, a Bible/Back to the Future mash up: It would presumably have been worth posting just for its humor value, and because it brings together two major themes of this blog – religion and science fiction. But I think it could actually lead nicely to some interesting and at [Read More...]

Outrageous! The Skewed Values of Many American Christians

[Read more...]

Rossi’s Edition of the Coptic Papyrus Codices in the Egyptian Museum in Turin

Those interested in Coptic texts owe a debt of gratitude to Alin Suciu for scanning and making available the out of print and very rare edition of the Coptic manuscripts in the Egyptian Museum in Turin, Italy, edited and published by Francesco Rossi. I’d been hoping for some time to eventually get hold of a [Read More...]

Rick Santorum’s Educational Hypocrisy

Lots of people have mentioned Rick Santorum’s outrageous anti-education statement. He said, “It’s no wonder President Obama wants every kid to go college…the indoctrination that occurs in American universities is one of the keys to the left holding and maintaining power in America. And it is indoctrination.”  I particularly appreciated Steve Wiggins’ comments, which highlight [Read More...]

Paul Was Not A Biblicist

Biblicism - the view that one should adhere strictly to what the Bible says, word for word and letter for letter – is the stance adopted (at least theoretically) by many Christians today. It was not the stance of the apostle Paul. Isaiah 59:20 says “”The Redeemer will come to Zion, to those in Jacob who [Read More...]

Petition Against Indiana’s Creationism Bill, Senate Bill 89

Most have probably already heard the news that the proposed creationism bill was approved by the education committee (the bill’s author chairs the committee, so not too much surprise there). This need not mean that it becomes a law when the senate votes on it. A petition has been created to express opposition to the [Read More...]

Example Of Not Repaying Evil With Evil

[Read more...]


CLOSE | X

HIDE | X