Mythicism as Selectively Critical: The Example of Couchoud’s Treatment of John the Baptist

That mythicism is selectively critical, and selectively applies rigorous skepticism to sources, is easy to illustrate. Take  Couchoud’s treatment of John the Baptist as summarized in a recent post on the blog Vridar. There is no skepticism expressed about the words and views attributed to John the Baptist in the New Testament, no suggestion that [Read More...]

Why Doesn’t the Bible Contain Superior Medical Advice?

Many will consider the answer to the question posed in the title of this post obvious, as indeed do I: The Bible does not contain superior medical knowledge, or indeed anything that we might consider medical knowledge in the modern sense at all, because it was written before there was any medical knowledge, much less [Read More...]

Time Travel and the Bible

The blog Unreasonable Faith shared this cartoon, a Bible/Back to the Future mash up: It would presumably have been worth posting just for its humor value, and because it brings together two major themes of this blog – religion and science fiction. But I think it could actually lead nicely to some interesting and at [Read More...]

Paul Was Not A Biblicist

Biblicism - the view that one should adhere strictly to what the Bible says, word for word and letter for letter – is the stance adopted (at least theoretically) by many Christians today. It was not the stance of the apostle Paul. Isaiah 59:20 says “”The Redeemer will come to Zion, to those in Jacob who [Read More...]

Help Needed With The Burial of Jesus

I was tempted to say “the reburial of Jesus” or “second Burial of Jesus” in the title of this post, but having recently discussed the Talpiot tomb and related topics, I feared that might result in misunderstandings. Even so, I hope you enjoy the double meaning of the title. My book The Burial of Jesus: [Read More...]

Discussions of Evolution and Creationism Around the Blogosphere

Here are some links to discussions around the blogosphere which connect with this blog in some way, shape or form. First, let me link to a post by Sam, a former student of mine, whose blog post “Redoing Theology” reflects what so many of us have experienced: our views change over time, and it is [Read More...]

Pete Enns on the Evolution of Adam

I’ll be participating in the upcoming blog tour about Pete Enns’ book The Evolution of Adam: What the Bible Does and Doesn’t Say about Human Origins. As a foretaste, here is the author saying a little about the book and why he wrote it. [Read more...]

The Most Unintentionally Ironic Creationist Quote of the Day – Perhaps of All Time?

Internet Monk has a post “Creation Police at Toys-R-Us” about an article on the Institute for Creation Research web site, complaining about a children’s game and its depiction of Noah’s ark. Here’s the priceless quote: The Noah’s Ark Game looks innocuous enough, with a picture of colorful animals crowding the roof and deck of a boat [Read More...]

Martin Luther King and the Quest for a Just Society

This semester, my freshman seminar course “Faith, Doubt and Reason” focuses on utopias, dystopias, and the quest for community and a just society. Since we start tomorrow, the day after Martin Luther King Day, I moved the readings – in fact, viewings – up to the very first day of class. Most people are familiar [Read More...]

Biblical Breakfast?

I just saw this on Jesus Needs New PR: It definitely cries out for someone to photoshop it so that it mentions Ezekiel 4:12 and is proudly said to have been baked over excrement! [Read more...]

The Burial of Jesus, the James Ossuary, and the Talpiot Tomb

I’ve been revising The Burial of Jesus: History and Faith and I hope a second edition of it will be available as a ebook at some point in the future. One topic that has given me pause is the intersection of the questions related to the New Testament evidence, the James Ossuary, and the Talpiot [Read More...]


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