The Hand on the Mirror

I confess that when I was included in the book club discussing Janis Durham’s book The Hand on the Mirror: A True Story of Life Beyond Death, I was not entirely enthusiastic. I had blogged about books about near-death experiences by Eben Alexander and Mary Neal, and they left me skeptical. I was delighted to [Read More...]

Paul was not a Conservative Christian

The quote comes from my 2011 post “Liberal Christianity – An Affirmation.” [Read more...]

No New Information About Young-Earth Creationism and Intelligent Design

Intelligent Design proponents and young-earth creationists tell lies. That isn’t new information. One of the lies they tell is that genetic mutations do not produce new information. This video addresses this lie of theirs. [Read more...]

The Church Needs a Revolution

Some years ago I blogged about Robin Meyers’ book, Saving Jesus from the Church: How to Stop Worshiping Christ and Start Following Jesus. Recently Progressive Christianity shared an excerpt from his new book, Spiritual Defiance: Building a Beloved Community of Resistance. Below is a sample, from the larger section from which the quote above comes. Click through [Read More...]

The Book of Pure Truth

From Non Sequitur. One can really learn things about religion by comparing sacred texts. But you have to stop viewing your own as a weapon first. [Read more...]

Egyptian God Solves the Euthyphro Dilemma

When Andy Snyder set about making this video explaining the Euthyphro dilemma, I’m pretty sure he didn’t expect an ancient Egyptian deity to appear from above to settle the matter. But that is precisely what happens in this short video. HT Madeleine Flannagan. [Read more...]

Misunderstanding Peer Review

Dudley Chapman has written a really helpful blog post, addressing a popular misunderstanding about peer review – and thus also the way some have misunderstood the significance of retractions and other such things that have been in the news lately. Click through to read it. Of related interest, the New York Times just featured an article [Read More...]

I’m Not Saying It Was Arians…

I can’t believe that no one thought to make an “Ancient Arians” meme before now. I suspect that someone created this for Trinity Sunday, which just passed. [Read more...]

John the Jew (2016 Enoch Seminar Conference)

Next summer, the Enoch Seminar will hold a conference with the title “John the Jew: Reading the Gospel of John’s Christology as a Form of Jewish Messianism.” It will be held in Camaldoli, Italy, and I am delighted to be one of the participants in this event. Here’s a description of the purpose of the meeting [Read More...]

Ehrman Not Anti-Christian

It is one of the major problems with fundamentalism that it recognizes no other form of its religious tradition as authentic than its own narrow version. And so it perceives as an attack on religion what is in fact an attack on narrowness, on unjustified dogmatism, on sloppy thinking, and many other things that deserve to be [Read More...]

Messing With Absolutists

Today’s Non Sequitur. If God is a personal being, then God would have to have a sense of humor, to put up with the things that are said about God and in the name of God. If God was as intolerant as some of God’s purported followers are and make God out to be, then either [Read More...]

Biblical Studies Carnival May 2015

Claude Mariottini has shared the latest Biblical Studies Carnival. Click through to see it. [Read more...]

The Tuning Station

I had the chance to endorse Chris Crawford‘s novel, The Tuning Station, and since today is its official release date, I want to share what I wrote about it here, and to recommend it to readers of this blog. There have been plenty of debates between a Christian and an atheist in fiction. But only [Read More...]

Prophets of the Technological Future

I had been meaning to blog about the movie Ex Machina for a while now. It makes explicit the potential for the creation of artificial intelligence to be thought of in terms of godlikeness. It is interesting that, whenever we imagine creation of sentient beings taking place, whether in Genesis or sci-fi, they never fail to [Read More...]


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