Unseen Footprints

The Burial of Jesus (and a recent review of it) have been mentioned on Lingamish. Just for clarification, the post there says: “his body later dumped in a common grave” – I think that something like this is what happened. “where the disciples then retrieved it and gave it a proper burial” – I am [Read More...]

Resurrection and the Gothic Theologian

I joined briefly in a discussion on Theology Web, and one of the other participants has reposted some things I wrote and his reply on his own blog, The Gothic Theologian. Those interested in talking about 1 Corinthians 15, the resurrection, and related subjects, but who may (like me) not be “orthodox” enough for the [Read More...]

Happy Birthday Universe!

According to the time scale calculated by Bishop Ussher based on the genealogies in the Bible, the earth was created 6011 years ago tomorrow. Here’s why I think trying to calculate anything to do with history or science based on Biblical genealogies is a bad idea. And here’s a link to a review by Peter [Read More...]

The Two Witnesses

I’ve decided to share an e-mail I received recently, for the interest/entertainment of readers: Dear Prof. McGrath, I am writng to you because from what I have read about you on the Internet you are interested in biblical prophecy in terms of research and verification. I have identified the two witnesses that are mentioned in [Read More...]

Review of The Burial of Jesus on Chrisendom

Nelson Moore has done a guest post on Chris Tilling’s blog Chrisendom, a review of The Burial of Jesus. Do take a look, as the review as a whole provides a nice summary of the book’s key points. I’ll just share the conclusion here: “The Burial of Jesus by James McGrath is definitely worth purchasing [Read More...]

Beware of the Cylons

This was too funny not to share. It will probably only make sense to Battlestar Galactica fans, but that’s everyone who reads my blog, right? HT Galactica Sitrep [Read more...]

The Bible In A Minute

A former student suggested I should show this to my class on the Bible. I’m not sure about that, but I definitely thought it was worth sharing here! [Read more...]


As I’ve been blogging Keith Ward’s recent book The Big Questions in Science and Religion, I’ve also been reading Naturalism by Stewart Goetz and Charles Taliaferro. The book, in essence, argues that strict naturalism is opposed not merely to a dualist view of human beings, but to theism. Many of the same issues that plague [Read More...]

Crappy Student Writing

A colleague of mine sent around the following, which I thought I would share with a wider audience, since I know many educators read this blog: Why Do they Turn In Crap? 1. They Don’t Spend Enough Time. The typical student waits until the last minute to write an essay. She has worried and procrastinated [Read More...]

Keith Ward, Big Questions in Science and Religion 6: Is It Still Possible To Speak of the Soul?

In many respects I found this chapter the most interesting and at the same time the most frustrating. On the one hand, Ward helpfully points out ways in which the notion of the soul that earlier Christian thinkers had in mind, for instance Aquinas, were far more in keeping with the Biblical/Semitic tradition than one [Read More...]

When Christians Disagree: Church and State

Today in my Sunday School class we finished our introductory topic on the Bible in the “When Christians Disagree” series. We looked at the example of circumcision, which in Genesis 17 is quite plainly said to be a permanent and absolute condition of membership in the covenant people, even for those not actually descended from [Read More...]

The Bible as Science Fiction

IO9 suggests that it is time for sci-fi versions of familiar Bible stories. That could be interesting. If one ventures outside the Bible slightly, one gets books like 1 Enoch which already fit the genre. Enoch’s “ascension” shows the same sort of pre-modern cosmology I talked about in my last post, although the parallels make [Read More...]

Naive vs. Conscious Literalism

In a recent post I mentioned the distinction Marcus Borg makes between naive and conscious literalism. At heart, the difference is as follows. Naive literalism involves someone (e.g. a Biblical author) treating something as factually true because he or she has no reason to believe otherwise. So, for instance, in the case of the ascension, [Read More...]

Is the Gospel of Thomas Gnostic?

Judy Redman wants to know what you think, so please pay a visit to her blog and participate in her poll! [Read more...]