Review of Jesus and Brian

I’m grateful to Bloomsbury to have been given the opportunity to review the book Jesus and Brian: Exploring the Historical Jesus and his Times via Monty Python’s Life of Brian, which was just released. Not everyone is aware that the famous Monty Python film reflects not just sharp British wit, but also profound understanding of the [Read More…]

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Review of Ronald Charles, Paul and the Politics of Diaspora

I am grateful to Fortress Press for having sent me a gratis review copy of Ronald Charles’ book Paul and the Politics of Diaspora. Charles’ book is a revised version of his doctoral dissertation, and as surprising as it may sound, it is the first full-length monograph which approaches Paul of Tarsus, his life, thought, and [Read More…]

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Review of Maurice Casey’s Jesus: Evidence and Argument or Mythicist Myths?

My review of Maurice Casey’s book Jesus: Evidence and Argument or Mythicist Myths? has been published in Review of Biblical Literature.  Below is an excerpt from the end of the review. Please click through to read the rest. I suspect that many will find the tone of Casey’s volume rather too acerbic—especially if they have never had [Read More…]

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Damaged Goods

I am grateful to have been sent a review copy of Damaged Goods: New Perspectives on Christian Purity by Dianna Anderson. Anderson’s book explores the purity culture of the Evangelical background in which she was raised, and its approach to sex and gender, arguing that there is a need for a radically different approach to [Read More…]

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The Hand on the Mirror

I confess that when I was included in the book club discussing Janis Durham’s book The Hand on the Mirror: A True Story of Life Beyond Death, I was not entirely enthusiastic. I had blogged about books about near-death experiences by Eben Alexander and Mary Neal, and they left me skeptical. I was delighted to [Read More…]

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The Tuning Station

I had the chance to endorse Chris Crawford‘s novel, The Tuning Station, and since today is its official release date, I want to share what I wrote about it here, and to recommend it to readers of this blog. There have been plenty of debates between a Christian and an atheist in fiction. But only [Read More…]

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Published Review or Modern Forgery?

I just received notification that Review of Biblical Literature has published my review of Ancient Gospel or Modern Forgery?: The Secret Gospel of Mark in Debate: Proceedings from the 2011 York University Christian Apocrypha Symposium, edited by Tony Burke. This is how it concludes: I think it is indisputable that this volume represents an extremely [Read More…]

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Searching for Sunday

I’m delighted to have the chance to review Rachel Held Evans’ forthcoming book, Searching for Sunday: Loving, Leaving, and Finding the Church. If you have read anything of hers before, this is classic Rachel Held Evans. You will laugh out loud, and you will cry. You will be moved by brutally honest stories about the [Read More…]

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Proof of Heaven?

I am delighted to be part of the Patheos book club about Eben Alexander’s book, Proof of Heaven: A Neurosurgeon’s Journey into the Afterlife. It is an account of the author’s experience while in a coma. It may be appropriate to call it a “near death experience.” But that very term may introduce assumptions that deserve [Read More…]

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Rankled by Wranglings about Rank-Raglan Rankings

I decided to go with an alliterative title for my second review for Bible and Interpretation of Richard Carrier’s book, On the Historicity of Jesus: Why We Might Have Reason for Doubt. The title of the review article is “Rankled by Wranglings about Rank-Raglan Rankings: Jesus and the Mythic Hero Archetype.” I suppose I could have [Read More…]

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Muted Hosannas

Readers of my blog, and people who follow me on Twitter or are connected with me on Facebook, will be familiar with Jeff Carter, whose blog That Jeff Carter Was Here features things like Bible-inspired limericks. But his blog has also regularly featured photography and poetry, and those posts were in some instances precursors to [Read More…]

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