If The World Were Flat

We often talk about flat-earthers and the view that ancient people once held that the earth was flat. IO9 shared the video above about what it would actually be like to live on a flat world, and how it would differ from ours. Watch it all the way through, to learn about the Big Globe [Read More...]

Authorship of 2 Thessalonians

Towards the end of the semester in my Paul class, we’ve focused on the disputed and inauthentic epistles attributed to Paul. One detail that never struck me quite as forcefully before about 2 Thessalonians is its ending: “ I, Paul, write this greeting with my own hand. This is the mark in every letter of mine; [Read More...]

Converting Files

And via George Takei, I came across this image of the procedure for uninstalling/exorcising Windows Vista: This kind of operating system cannot be removed except by prayer and fasting… [Read more...]

Son of Man

I’ve been wondering for some time whether extreme skepticism of the depiction of Jesus even in our earliest sources hasn’t gone too far. A number of scholars have been bringing the pendulum back the other way. Bart Ehrman, for instance, thinks that Jesus thought himself to be the Messiah. If we remove all such views and [Read More...]

A Welcoming Congregation

When I saw this cartoon by David Hayward, it struck me as a poignant depiction of the dishonesty that pervades a great many religious congregations. The pastor has presumably been going through some challenging times. When he finally admits where he is at for the first time, the congregation finally feels that they can tell [Read More...]

Initiation into the Mysteries

Jim Spinti drew attention to a new book by Jan Bremmer, Initiation into the Mysteries of the Ancient World, published by De Gruyter and open access in ebook form. The books discusses the problems with the categories encountered in nineteenth century scholarship (which continues to be used by mythicists today), and covers topics such as whether [Read More...]

Pamela Eisenbaum on Progressive Christianity

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Jesus’ Thinking and Theology

While they may have genuinely thought they were being skeptical and critical, from our later vantage point, it seems that those who felt that we cannot say anything about Jesus’ own statements and views, but only those of the later church, were rather giving expression to their reverence for Jesus as a figure who still [Read More...]

Just Another Kind of Gullibility

“Conspiracy believers are the ultimate motivated skeptics. Their curse is that they apply this selective scrutiny not to the left or right, but to the mainstream. They tell themselves that they’re the ones who see the lies, and the rest of us are sheep. But believing that everybody’s lying is just another kind of gullibility.” [Read More...]

Irrelevant to the Outcome of the Story

A while back I came across this image of a conversation on The Big Bang Theory: Today, IO9 linked to a webcomic that makes the same point. They called it “Indiana Jones and the Avoiders of the Lost Ark” but it could easily have been called “Indiana Jones – How It Should Have Ended”: After thinking [Read More...]

Using Math to Obscure Bad Arguments

Some might think, given the headline, that this post would be about Richard Carrier. But mythicists aren’t the first or the only fringe stance to try to use math to obscure the weakness of their arguments. P.Z. Myers drew attention to a response to Michael Behe that Ken Miller posted online. You can read it here. PZ [Read More...]


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