Why I Find Mythicism Disturbing in a Nutshell

A discussion on Facebook of my recent blog post helped me distill the essence of what disturbs me about mythicism. Here it is in a nutshell: This is why I find mythicism so disturbing. There is a willingness to bring in any and every late source to attempt to argue against Jesus’ existence, but resistance [Read More...]

Jesus Probably Existed: The Argument From Mythicism

Although I don’t think this accurately describes the situation, for the sake of argument, let’s assume for the moment that the evidence for the existence of Jesus, or the criteria for evaluating the evidence, is such that the question of Jesus’ existence cannot be answered one way or the other. The evidence is precisely balanced: he could [Read More...]

Mandaean Texts Online

I learned today from Dr. Brian Mubaraki that he has set up a blog on which he has made available as pdfs a number of Mandaic texts that he has had typed and published. I am sure that all those who study Mandaean texts will join me in expressing gratitude to Dr. Mubaraki for making these [Read More...]

Evidence and Evolution, Faith and Facts

Jerry Coyne has posted a link to a new survey which seems to confirm the results of other surveys about knowledge of science, acceptance or rejection of mainstream science, and other related topics in the United States. I’m astonished by his confidence that atheism is the key to combatting antievolutionism and other forms of anti-scientific [Read More...]

Hurtado on the Ending of the Gospel of Mark

Larry Hurtado mentioned on his blog that he has shared several more essays, including a piece about the ending of Mark’s Gospel that I was already in the process of reading in its published form! And so given my interest in the ending of Mark, I thought I’d mention this here. [Read more...]

Review of The Historical Jesus: Five Views. Remembering Jesus by James D. G. Dunn

James D. G. Dunn’s chapter in The Historical Jesus: Five Views is entitled “Remembering Jesus: How The Quest of the Historical Jesus Lost Its Way.” Dunn begins by mentioning his book Jesus Remembered and then turning attention to three “protests” and “proposals” which are made in that book, but which are in danger of being overlooked [Read More...]

Bibliobloggers’ Leisure Time (Historical Methodology in Pictures)

Joel Watts may not know how to spell “ergo” but I nevertheless enjoy his sense of humor. He posted on “Leisure Time for Bibliobloggers” and included this photo he snapped of some recent discussion The post also had this one, which sums up a key aspect of historical metholodogy: [Read more...]

Fortress Around Your Heart

New at Wolfgang’s Vault: Sting live in concert in 1993. http://concerts.wolfgangsvault.com/common/swf/wgv_st_player.swf [Read more...]

Monotheism, Principal Angels, and High Christology

Larry Hurtado has shared a pre-publication copy of his contribution to the forthcoming Oxford Handbook of the Dead Sea Scrolls, entitled “Monotheism, Principal Angels, and High Christology.” Many thanks to Larry for making this useful resource available to us on his blog! [Read more...]

Mark Goodacre Visits Israel

Mark Goodacre’s words about his recent trip to Israel echo my own sentiments: “I have always wanted to travel to Israel, of course. Until recently, I have had neither time nor opportunity to do it, to say nothing of the cost.” I hope that it won’t be too long until I’ll be able to offer a blog [Read More...]

Quote of the Day (This Explains A LOT!)

“As you probably realize anyway, whenever I do interact with someone like McGrath, I am not really addressing them.” – Neil Godfrey, in a comment on his latest blog post Am I the only one who thinks this explains a lot? [Read more...]


Joel Watts decided to make something I said in an e-mail his “Quote of the Day.” I presume it would be inappropriate to quote myself as a “quote of the day” here, and so I’ll just share the link in case anyone is interested. [Read more...]

Doctor Who on Love and Lodging

The latest piece in the series about this season of Doctor Who is up at Religion Dispatches, with contributions by Gabriel McKee and yours truly. [Read more...]

Review of The Historical Jesus: Five Views. Learning the Human Jesus by Luke Timothy Johnson

The next chapter of The Historical Jesus: Five Views is by Luke Timothy Johnson, and its main thrust is to offer a treatment of the Gospels as literature as a better way to approach the historical figure of Jesus. Johnson presents two opposing extremes, those who approach Jesus by faith through prayer and worship as the exalted [Read More...]