How Christianity Started

Despite having received criticism the last time he did so, C. Michael Patton has posted these two images again, which are supposed to compare how Christianity started with how all other religions started: The first image is simply wrong, unless Patton accepts certain extracanonical texts as historically reliable. The Gospel of Peter depicts a scene [Read More...]

Noah: Not Happily Ever After

The Daily ShowGet More: Daily Show Full Episodes,Indecision Political Humor,The Daily Show on Facebook Jon Stewart offers an insightful treatment of some Christians’ reactions to the Noah movie. [Read more...]

Betty Bowers’ Handy Bible Interpretation Guide

Via Mrs. Betty Bowers on Facebook. This is a new version of something of hers that I shared a couple of years ago.   [Read more...]

Jesus’ Wife is Really Old

Via Jim Davila I learned that Harvard Magazine has an article which explains why announcing the results of the scientific dating of the fragment known as the Gospel of Jesus’ Wife took so long, and what the outcome is at the end of that process. Larry Hurtado also mentioned the breaking news, with links to [Read More...]

Viva La Library at 10,000 Views

Yesterday the information literacy video I made almost a year ago reached 10,000 views on YouTube. Thank you to everyone who has watched and/or shared it. It seems as though I ought to do something more to mark the occasion. Is it time for another educational musical parody? What about a song about footnotes and [Read More...]

A Church You Can Relate To

Allan Bevere shared the above image on Facebook. It certainly reflects a popular stereotype many conservatives have of liberal churches. But when one looks closely at such claims, a paradox emerges. Supposedly, liberal churches are pandering to the world for the sake of popularity. And yet liberal churches do not seem to be distinctively popular, [Read More...]

Jabba Wins

I spotted the above online. I'm not entirely sure what it means. But it connects Star Wars and Christianity, and indicates that there may be more than two options, unlike the impression most debates give. And so I thought I would share it!   [Read more...]

Holy Week at Crooked Creek Baptist Church

First, the funny part. In an earlier version of the announcement on my church website about Holy Week events, it said of the lunchtime Good Friday service: The theme for the service will focus on the stations of the cross and will feature medications from several local pastors. If you are not sure why that [Read More...]

Books.logos.com

Torrey Seland drew attention to the website¬†http://books.logos.com, where books (mostly on the Bible and theology) that they have scanned but not yet made available through the Logos app are available. I did a search for “Mandaean” and it turned up interesting results. Take a look and explore whatever interests you!   [Read more...]

Ancient Cosmologies and Modern Cosmologists

A talk offering visualizations of ancient cosmologies came to my attention. I will embed the first part below, but click through to see the rest, including the slides posted separately. IO9 (among others) raised the question once again of how some top-notch physicists – and a starship captain! – came to be involved in a [Read More...]

Ehrman in the Blogosphere: Round-Up of Recent Posts on Christology and Monotheism

I haven’t even managed to start reading Bart Ehrman’s most recent book, How Jesus Became God. But others have been doing so, and blogging about it. And so to tide you over until I get to it, here are some posts I am aware of elsewhere: Greg Monette got me excited by pointing out that [Read More...]

Ken Ham Explains Stonehenge

HT Jeff Carter   [Read more...]

Darth Pooh

Jim Cummings, the voice of Winnie the Pooh, reading Darth Vader’s lines from Star Wars. He’s not the first to depict Darth Pooh, however. Here is a piece of art by Eric F. Myers: [Read more...]

Do People Have a Right to Anonymity?

This morning while I was busy with other things, an individual who goes by the nickname “Crude” got into a dispute with a commenter named Stuart32 here on the blog, and posted about it on his own blog “Crude Ideas.”¬†In the process, the question of whether one of them knew something about the other’s actual [Read More...]