Making Christianity Easier

Benjamin Corey wrote a post that offers an explanation of the popularity of end-times Christianity: The end times version of Christianity that many of us grew up with has been immensely popular, not because it’s true, but because it’s easy. Prior to the invention of end times fanaticism, Christians were busy trying to change the world [Read More...]

Assessing the Lost Gospel

Mark Goodacre has been sharing Richard Bauckham’s response to the claims made in the book The Lost Gospel in installments. Here are links to the posts in question: Part 1: The Chronicle of Pseudo-Zachariah Rhetor – Content and Context Part 2: Misinterpreting Ephrem Part 3: Misreading Joseph and Aseneth Part 4: Responding to Simcha’s Responses We [Read More...]

Quote of the Day

“It’s not lost, it’s not a gospel, it’s a very naughty marketing campaign.” – Rev. Arun Arora, speaking about the claims in Simcha Jacobovici’s book The Lost Gospel. [Read more...]

Is Reconciliation Worth It?

I’m grateful to Marguerite Stanciu of the Center for Faith and Vocation at Butler University for drawing attention to the above video. I was there to hear Allan Boesak speak, and it is part lecture, part sermon, and wholly inspirational. I encourage you to give it a listen. [Read more...]

Bringing the Gospel to SBL

Under the heading of this post’s title, I will share one example of what it can mean that is appropriate, and one example of what it could mean that is not. Matthew Malcolm has suggested that it would be interesting to have a program unit or other session at the Society of Biblical Literature conference about [Read More...]

The Gospel According to the Other Mary

American composer John Adams’ opera, The Gospel According to the Other Mary, has been released on CD by Deutsche Grammophone. It can be purchased through Amazon.com, which also has some videos of the composer talking about Peter Sellars’ minimalist realization of the piece. The English National Opera will be performing its stage debut later this [Read More...]

Mars Hill Mistake?

Yesterday in Sunday school, someone suggested that Paul in Athens, as described in Acts 17, had tried to reach people by adapting his message to his audience, and being philosophical and rational in his approach. The result, the person claimed, was disappointingly ineffective, and so Paul never did it again. It wasn’t the first time [Read More...]

Jesus the Widower

In discussions of whether Jesus was married, two main options are usually considered. One is that Jesus had never married. But in that case, it is objected, Jesus was rather unusual, and so it is surprising that this is never explicitly explained or mentioned. The other is that Jesus was married. But in that case, [Read More...]

Tyler Francke on Ken Ham’s Gospel

The quote is from an article that appeared on the Sojourners website yesterday. I thought it deserved to be highlighted, and so I made it into a meme image. [Read more...]

The Musical Gospel of Mary Magdalene

I came across this video of composer Mark Adorno talking about his opera, The Gospel of Mary Magdalene, at UC Davis. I would love to see and hear the opera in its entirety – I love contemporary music, and Gnostic texts, and having heard Sasha Cooke sing here in Indianapolis a few months ago, that makes [Read More...]

Riding a Donkey and a Foal

In a recent post I shared a drawing of one way that Jesus might have ridden on both a donkey and a foal as Matthew’s Gospel claims. This is another possible way it could have been done: [Read more...]


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