Stories Mythicists Tell

Another irony related to the mythicist emphasis on the existence of stories about Jesus not constituting proof of Jesus’ existence is this: Mythicists regularly weave stories about how they think Christianity might have arisen, how and why Gospels were composed, how Paul’s letters were composed and interpolated, and much else. They tell a story and treat [Read More…]

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Is the Journal of Biblical Studies Gone for Good?

One of the pioneers in the realm of online journals, the Journal of Biblical Studies has long been dormant, due I believe to technical issues. Deirdre Good mentioned it today on her blog, and when I clicked on the link, it seemed to be gone altogether. Is this the end – or a sign that [Read More…]

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Job Opening: Visiting Assistant Professor in Religion

Visiting Assistant Professor in Religion Butler University is seeking to fill a one semester Visiting Assistant Professor in Religion position for the fall semester, 2011. The candidate selected will teach 3 undergraduate courses: Hinduism and 2 sections of Religions of the World (for a total of 9 hours). Ph.D. or ABD in religious studies field [Read More…]

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Unless You Have Faith Like Little (British) Children…

HT Jesus Needs New PR. Apparently the clip is from a show Outnumbered which I’d never seen before. [Read more…]

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Cargo Creationists

Jim Linville has a reply to my recent post about V and cargo cults. He is of course right that, at the very least, we would find vendors selling “real authentic alien gadgets” to cure your ails, or perhaps increase the size of certain parts of your anatomy. He is also right, I believe, that [Read More…]

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Are Some Forms of Mythicism Inherently Self-Contradictory?

Let me emphasize from the outset that I am talking about a particular brand of mythicism, one well represented in discussions on blogs like Vridar as well as by commenters here at Exploring Our Matrix. It is the type of mythicism which asserts that it is impossible to deduce the historicity of events on the basis [Read More…]

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Legitimate Ignorance vs. Willful Deception in Biblical Language

A recent comment suggested that language in the Bible such as storehouses of snow, the dome over the earth, the earth’s immovable character, and so on, might all be metaphorical. After all, we use such language metaphorically today. But our use of it is a hangover from a bygone era when that language was presumed [Read More…]

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Evolution Made All Things Bright and Beautiful around the Blogosphere

Let me start this music-oriented post by highlighting that Jim Linville kindly put together a roster for a band of bibliobloggers. I play keyboards. Doug Chaplin reciprocated my tagging him with a meme about CCM, by tagging me with a meme asking me to choose a hymn I love to hate. Being forced to choose only [Read More…]

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V for Vatican

Although recent episodes of V focused on the soul have not avoided a certain “hokeyness”, I am still on the whole happy to see the show exploring the relationship of faith to extraterrestrial science. There is a clip of a key scene from the last episode on YouTube (unfortunately embedding has been disabled). It depicts [Read More…]

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Nick Norelli: The Ultimate Mythicist-Fighting Champion?

Since Nick Norelli has decided to take on the subject of mythicism, it seems to me that it is the least I can do to direct those interested in the subject who read this blog over to his. Here’s a taste of his brief post on the subject: In point of fact, all the evidence [Read More…]

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Intertextuality in the New Testament Call for Papers

This is just a reminder about this session at SBL which I’m involved in. The call for papers is open, and while we have specific focuses we are encouraging, we will consider papers that are on a broader range of topics related to intertextuality and the New Testament! Call For Papers: For our 2011 sessions [Read More…]

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President Obama Talks About His Faith

http://i.cdn.turner.com/cnn/.element/apps/cvp/3.0/swf/cnn_416x234_embed.swf?context=embed&videoId=politics/2011/02/03/natpkg.obama.prayer.breakfast.cnn President Obama at the National Prayer Breakfast (via the CNN Belief Blog, which also has a transcript of his talk). [Read more…]

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CCM Praise Songs We Have Trouble With Meme (at the Religion/Science Interface)

Rod of Alexandria has come up with an interesting meme, asking bloggers what Contemporary Christian Music songs they have problems with. He’s not referring to my struggles to come up with a more impressive keyboard solo for “Rock of Ages,” but lyrics we object to. As he rightly indicates, there are many to choose from. My [Read More…]

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The Tutor from…Heaven, or Hell?

Via Hemant Mehta’s blog, here’s a video of a Bible tutor who doesn’t shy away from telling all the Bible’s stories to children… [Read more…]

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