Parallelomania and Mythicist Flood Stories

It struck me recently that the way many mythicists view Jesus in relation to other savior figures, is akin to how young-earth creationists view flood stories from around the world. The latter consider that all of the stories are copies from and reflect knowledge of a historical ancient flood. Someone with a tiny bit of [Read More...]

Reason for the Season

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Asel by Vladimir Vlasov

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Exegesis as Reading

The Patrologist recently blogged about exegesis as reading, warning about two extremes – the tendency to falsely claim to be merely reading and not interpreting, and the tendency to atomize and miss the big picture. Here’s the conclusion: I am constantly amazed to interact with so called ‘critical scholars’ who look at, say, a book like [Read More...]

Bible Thumper

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Important Online Sources

The Ancient World Online drew attention to recent open access publications from the Center for Hellenic Studies. These include Albert Lord's classic The Singer of Tales and Averil Cameron's Dialoguing in Late Antiquity. I haven't figured out how to actually access them yet, but hopefully will soon. See also Brice Jones' blog post and Paul [Read More...]

Independent Scholars

The late Maurice Casey described himself as an “independent historian,” but for the most part, that term “independent scholar” has been used for people who dabble in scholarly inquiry, having advanced studies in the area, but who are not employed at a university or similar institution of higher education. I have at times offered cautionary [Read More...]

Young John the Baptist, and John the Methodist

Both via Episcopal Church Memes on Facebook.   [Read more...]

Doctor Who Christmas Cards

The BBC has a set or printable Doctor Who Christmas cards on their website. Here’s a sample: And of related interest, Patheos has an Advent Calendar! [Read more...]

Jesus and Santa: Comparing Fundamentalist and Mythicist Parallelomania

Stuff Fundies Like shared this bit of Christian polemic against Satan…I mean, Santa: (If you cannot read the text in the image above, click through to read the chart on the Cutting Edge website). This is exactly the same way that fundamentalists identify ‘predictions’ in the Jewish Scriptures that supposedly match up with Jesus. And [Read More...]

Pretend to be Paul the Time Traveler Day

A commenter drew my attention to the video above, in which apologists for Pauline authorship depict Paul the apostle interrupting Bart Ehrman’s class to insist that he wrote both 1 and 2 Thessalonians. It seems perfect for today, which is Pretend to be a Time Traveler Day. But it doesn’t really satisfy – not least because [Read More...]

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...]


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