Atheism Disproved

Atheism is easy to disprove. Watch: Cats exist Ancient Egyptians (as well as some current cat owners) worship cats as gods Therefore, gods exist Therefore, atheism is false I am being somewhat flippant, but as I have pointed out before (then using the example of the universe as god for pantheists), unless one defines clearly [Read More…]

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Akhenaten’s Boardroom Suggestion

I really love this ancient Egypt version of the well-known boardroom suggestion meme! You need to know that meme, as well as the basics about Amenhotep IV, better known as the pharaoh Akhenaten. Historians and scholars have long wondered whether there was any influence from Akhenaten’s monotheism upon the emergence of ancient Israel’s. I’m not [Read More…]

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Handling Ancient Artifacts

The handling of mummy masks by Josh McDowell, allegedly in the interest of getting his hands (literally) on a first-century copy of Mark and perhaps other New Testament texts, has been getting a lot of attention. Some – including me at one point – have missed exactly what he said as a result of not watching the video [Read More…]

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Geology is the Least of the Flood’s Problems

Someone commented on a post I shared on Facebook, “The Bible gives clear evidence of the dates [of the flood] in Genesis 5 and 11.” Murray Hogg offered the following reply, which I thought was worth sharing as a post on my blog, and so I am doing so with his permission: Yep. It sets [Read More…]

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Helicopters and Spaceships in Ancient Hieroglyphics?

OK, admit it, when you look at this picture, it does remind a modern person of helicopters and spaceships, right? So is there a logical explanation for this – one that doesn’t involve ancient aliens? There most certainly is, and I’m grateful to Michael Heiser for drawing attention to it. Click through to the MDW-NTR blog to [Read More…]

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Marduk and Sekhmet in the Office

I saw this cartoon, and as a religion professor, my first reaction was to ask what sort of religion would look to both Marduk and Sekhmet as authorities. But I guess stranger combinations have occurred in the history of religious syncretism. If people can write books like Jesus CEO to promote a particular business model, [Read More…]

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Horus Trolls the Atheists Again

A colleague of mine shared this bit of internet nonsense on Facebook: I am disappointed when anyone repeats bogus information without fact-checking it, but I am even more disappointed when it is an educator. I sometimes think that young-earth creationists might be atheists pretending to be delusional and dishonest Christians in order to make Christianity [Read More…]

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Just Kidding

This cartoon makes a serious point. Deciphering the nuances of ancient communication, in particular things like humor, is challenging.   [Read more…]

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Fragments Discovered in Israel

Many bloggers have already noted the discovery of a fragment of an inscribed vessel which originated in the Jerusalem area in the 10th or 11th century. Here is a photo: Christopher Rollston has proposed that what remains of the inscription may mean “pot” followed by the first letter either of someone’s name or an indication [Read More…]

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My Egyptian Grammar

Like the proverbial hieroglyphics, the song “My Egyptian Grammar” by The Fiery Furnaces seems like it must have a key somewhere to deciphering it. Can anyone help make sense of it? Both the name of the band and the title of the album from which it comes (Widow City) have religious references. HT The Oriental Institute, [Read More…]

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Hieroglyphic Spelling Bee?

This is today’s Bizarro comic: As a Biblical studies professor, the question I find myself asking is why an ancient Egyptian would be using a much later Hebrew “spelling” of “plague”…   [Read more…]

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