Where’s Pauldo?

I previously mentioned the word cloud that students made using PollEverywhere on the first day of my class on Paul and the early church. Today, I asked them to play “Where’s Pauldo?” and click on a map which I had inserted into Poll Everywhere, indicating where they thought Paul had traveled to. It was a map [Read More...]

The Myth of Mythicism’s Newness

The year before his book on the subject was published, Shirley Jackson Case wrote an article on the question of the historicity of Jesus. I suspect that few modern mythicists have read either. But the article is now available for free online, courtesy of JSTOR. Take a look at it, see how many mythicists there [Read More...]

How To Ruin A Protest

From SMBC [Read more...]

LEGO Social Mobility

Inequality and social mobility (or lack thereof) in the United States, illustrated with LEGO. HT IO9. [Read more...]

Biblical Studies Carnival for August 2014

The latest Biblical Studies Carnival has been posted, hosted for the first time by Rob Bradshaw. Mike Skinner will be hosting the next one. HT for the cartoon to Phillip Long. [Read more...]

Myth of the Gaps

Mythicism doesn’t account for gaps in what Paul writes better than mainstream scholarship does. It just fills those gaps with something different, something which is at odds with what Paul does explicitly say in places. People who did not previously know about a historical Jesus would be left with  questions after reading one of Paul’s [Read More...]

Doubt and Conspiracy

A couple of posts struck me as insightful and quotable, and related to the same theme, so I will share links to and quotes from them together. First, Carson T. Clark wrote about doubt as a Christian virtue: Many Christians see doubt as the opposite of faith. This I find rather bizarre because I see doubt as [Read More...]

A Bible Misused

A Bible used as a weapon against other human beings, is always a Bible misused. A recent post by Kristen Rosser ended with a phrase that was so quotable, that I made it into two meme images. Please feel free to circulate either or both! [Read more...]

St. Jerome Song

I had it pointed out to me recently that there is a song about St. Jerome. And so here it is. [Read more...]

Doctor Who: Into The Dalek

I found the Doctor Who episode “Into The Dalek” felt rushed - they could have easily made this a two-parter and taken the time necessary to introduce characters and explore details. But the concept and the themes explored are fascinating, and give viewers much food for thought. Spoilers ahead! The episode introduces the question of whether [Read More...]

Valerie Tarico’s Historical Denialism

In a recent online article, Valerie Tarico suggests that “a growing number of scholars” are concluding that there was no historical Jesus. It isn’t clear to me that Richard Carrier, Robert Price, and Thomas Brodie represent a “growing number” compared to past generations. If one goes back half a century or more, the idea had [Read More...]


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