Slow but Detailed Conversations about Mythicism

I recently mentioned the slow pace at which conversations can take place in the blogosphere. As if to illustrate this point, Tim O’Neill has posted a response to David Fitzgerald’s blog post from almost two years ago, which was in turn responding to O’Neill’s review of the book. I discussed the book here back in [Read More...]

Coffee With Jesus (A Review)

I am grateful to IVP for sending me a complementary review copy of David Wilkie’s Coffee with Jesus. I hope that most people are already familiar with the comic series on the Radio Free Babylon website, which has been widely shared (and sometimes imitated) online. The cartoon uses the same figures in the same poses over [Read More...]

Victor Paul Furnish on Mythicism

New Testament scholar Victor Paul Furnish wrote the following in the conclusion to his review of a volume featuring mythicist and minimalist scholars’ perspectives on Jesus: The mythicists, in particular, summarily dismiss prevailing views about Jesus and the Gospels as governed by religious interests; arbitrarily apply paradigms derived from the study of ancient Near Eastern [Read More...]

Johnny Walker reviews The Only True God

Over at the blog Freedom in Orthodox, there is a review of my book The Only True God: Early Christian Monotheism in Its Jewish Context. Walker manages to be remarkably fair, given his hostility to my stance even prior to reading. I really appreciate that, and encourage readers to click through and read his review, [Read More...]

Review of The Evolution of Adam

I adapted a review I wrote for this blog of Pete Enns’ book Evolution of Adam, The: What the Bible Does and Doesn’t Say about Human Origins for publication in Reports of the National Center for Science Education. It is now available to be read online. [Read more...]

Review of The First Thanksgiving

I confess that I accepted with some reluctance the invitation to participate in the Patheos Book Club about Robert Tracy McKenzie’s book The First Thanksgiving: What the Real Story Tells Us About Loving God and Learning from History. It wasn’t that I thought it wouldn’t be interesting. I just wondered whether I could really afford [Read More...]

IO9 on Atwood’s MaddAddam Trilogy

IO9 posted a review of Margaret Atwood's MaddAddam trilogy. Here is an excerpt from the section on Year of the Flood, which will be the focus of my class for the next few weeks: In a sense, The Year of the Flood is an extended worldbuilding exercise. We learn about the cultures and experiences that [Read More...]

MaddAddamology

My review of Margaret Atwood’s MaddAddam trilogy has appeared in The Marginalia Review of Books. Click through to read it! Margaret Atwood’s MaddAddam trilogy is available on Amazon.com [Read more...]

Review of Is This Not the Carpenter?

The review I wrote of Is This Not the Carpenter?: The Question of the Historicity of the Figure of Jesus (Sheffield: Equinox, 2012) has appeared in Review of Biblical Literature, and can be read for free online. [Read more...]

Breaking News: I May Be Neither Incompetent Nor Dishonest!

Tom Verenna posted a response to some of Neil Godfrey’s name-calling. It includes the following: Now whether or not James McGrath is missing something, or he is not reading Brodie sympathetically, or he is merely interpreting Brodie differently, is obviously an important part of a discussion. But this does not ipso facto implicate James as [Read More...]

Vridar Returns (and a Review of a Review of a Review)

Before Vridar had been shut down as a result of a copyright complaint from Joel Watts, I had begun to respond to something Neil Godfrey wrote there. Now that his blog is back (at the different address of Vridar.org), I will do so. But let me first direct readers to some discussion of the events that [Read More...]


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