Jesus’ Piety

One text which received a significant amount of discussion in the Bart Ehrman book review panel session at SBL was Mark 10:18, in which Jesus is depicted as saying, “Why do you call me good? No one is good but God alone?” There is a long tradition of avoiding the most natural sense of these [Read More...]

If the Flood was Global, the Mormons are Right!

I had an interesting thought when a commenter shared how they respond to the claim that the entire globe must have been covered by the flood spoken of in Genesis. He points out that Acts 2:5 says that “there were devout Jews from every nation under heaven” in Jerusalem, which means the known world and not the [Read More...]

The Future of Evangelism?

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Do You Want The Truth?

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How to Treat the Bible

The quote from Gregory C. Jenks comes from an article on the Progressive Christianity website, written back in 2011, “Taking the Bible Seriously but Not Literally.” Click through to read it. Neither the Bible nor God is well served by any tactics that seek to protect the Bible from scrutiny. We must, therefore, resist any [Read More...]

Christian Universals?

Defining Christianity is challenging, despite what you will sometimes hear from conservative Christians as well as some atheists. Does one have to view Jesus as God? Accept the Trinity? Accept a particular view of the significance of Jesus’ death? The early Christians disagreed on all of these things and more, and it is unclear to what [Read More...]

Older Conversation from the Pale Blue Dot

Someone asked me today if I am the same James McGrath that appeared in a podcast in 2010 of “Conversations from the Pale Blue Dot.” The answer is yes, and so I thought I’d share the podcast here. You can also download it from the Internet Archive. [Read more...]

Ice Age Seeker-Sensitive Church

Tim Wright shared the image above. While it can be viewed as “using” a commodity to attract people to attend, and some churches do that, it can also exemplify Christians sharing what they have, which is not a bad thing. [Read more...]

Prosecute Us, As We Prosecute Those Who Trespass Against Us

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Atheism Isn’t Skepticism

A recent IO9 article indicated that more people in Britain believe in ghosts and aliens than in God. IO9 also highlighted a science experiment that might offer an explanation of why people see/feel ghosts (which Smithsonian also reported on), talked about spirituality and pseudoscience in science fiction, and shared an infographic of misconceptions which are widespread, [Read More...]

John J. Collins Lectures

Thank you to Nijay Gupta for drawing attention to these two videos of lectures by John J. Collins. The topics of the lectures are “Torah and Jewish Identity in Second Temple Judaism” and “Non-Mosaic Forms of Judaism in Second Temple Judaism.” [Read more...]


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