Is the Criterion of Embarrassment an Embarrassment?

Sabio Lantz blogged recently about the criterion of embarrassment, and rather than address merely conservative Evangelical misuse of it, it sounds as though he dismisses the criterion entirely. And since the question of how New Testament historical methods compare to those used in other historical areas also came up here recently, I thought I’d blog [Read More...]

Embarrassment, Muhammad, and Jesus

Loren Rosson has an interesting blog post on the use of the criterion of embarrassment in a discussion of the historical existence of Muhammad. For those interested in the application of such a criterion to the historical figure of Jesus (as many readers of this blog are), this post will be of great interest! Of [Read More...]

Jesus, Criteria and the Demise of Authenticity Conference

Some of you may have managed to watch live video of the conference “Jesus, Criteria, and the Demise of Authenticity” over the last two days. And you may read the book. Either way, you may want to take a look at Joel Watts’ and Mark Goodacre’s blogs, since they live-blogged the conference while in attendance, [Read More...]

Live Streaming Video of the “Jesus, Criteria, and the Demise of Authenticity” Conference

The conference centered on the book Jesus, Criteria, and the Demise of Authenticity, which is being held today and tomorrow at United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio, will be streaming live video of the conference. The link to the feed on their web site is: http://www.livestream.com/unitedts On Anthony LeDonne’s blog, you can find a schedule of [Read More...]

Jesus, Criteria and the Demise of Authenticity: New Conference Location

The 2012 Conference “Jesus, Criteria and the Demise of Authenticity” will be held October 4th and 5th 2012 in Dayton, Ohio.  The co-hosts are United Theological Seminary and the University of Dayton’s Center for Scriptural Exegesis, Philosophy, and Doctrine. The conference, as many will know, was originally supposed to be held at Lincoln Christian University. Christopher [Read More...]

Review of Bart Ehrman, Did Jesus Exist? Part Two

This is the second part of my review of Bart Ehrman’s book Did Jesus Exist?: The Historical Argument for Jesus of Nazareth, in which I discuss the second and third parts of the book. The first part of my review, on the first part of the book, can be found by clicking anywhere on this [Read More...]

Jesus, Criteria and the Demise of Authenticity

Several bloggers have mentioned the upcoming conference and accompanying book, with the title Jesus, Criteria, and the Demise of Authenticity. It might seem that the title could more naturally have been “Jesus and the Demise of Criteria of Authenticity.” But I suspect that the wording is intentional – what has changed is not so much [Read More...]

Historians on Jesus

Neil Godfrey posted on this topic over at Vridar, and it seems that the post may go some way towards explaining the puzzling tension between his affirmations of mainstream historical scholarship on the one hand, and his positive view of mythicism on the other. Godfrey writes: But what if historians (whose careers are in history [Read More...]

The Last, Best Hope for Mythicism?

Although I never followed the show, catching even a few snippets of Babylon 5 here and there have left me with a memory of the catchphrase that Babylon 5 was the “last, best hope” for peace. And it failed. Perhaps the same sort of phrase would fit what R. Joseph Hoffmann wrote today about Richard [Read More...]


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