An Interpolation in 1 Thessalonians?

When we moved from introductory matters to diving into one of the epistles in my Paul class, we started with 1 Thessalonians, usually thought to be the earliest of Paul’s letters. This gave me the opportunity to revisit the question of whether 1 Thessalonians 2:14-16 is a post-Pauline interpolation. It is worth noting that there [Read More...]

Valerie Tarico’s Historical Denialism

In a recent online article, Valerie Tarico suggests that “a growing number of scholars” are concluding that there was no historical Jesus. It isn’t clear to me that Richard Carrier, Robert Price, and Thomas Brodie represent a “growing number” compared to past generations. If one goes back half a century or more, the idea had [Read More...]

Noah and Spider-Man

This response to a common argument from conservative Christians is brought to you by the blog God of Evolution. [Read more...]

The Burial of Jesus

Most readers of my blog will know that I wrote a book a few years ago, available as an ebook, on the relationship between history and faith in connection with the events that are on the minds of Christians around the world today through Sunday in particular. The book is The Burial of Jesus: What [Read More...]

Komarnitsky Doubting Jesus’ Resurrection (Second Edition)

I have been meaning to post about the second edition of an interesting book by Kris Komarnitsky, Doubting Jesus’ Resurrection: What Happened in the Black Box?, exploring what natural explanation is possible for the rise of Christian belief in the resurrection. I’m kind of glad I waited, because now I can also point to Richard [Read More...]

The Bible vs. Observational Science

A commenter suggested not long after the Ken Ham vs. Bill Nye debate that even Ken Ham’s attempt to retreat into so-called “observational science” does not do him any favors. The Bible’s statements are at odds not merely with reconstructed history of the unfolding of astronomical, geological, and biological processes, but with what we can [Read More...]

Shape-Shifting Palimpsest Jesus

I will confess that I tend not to expect certain adamant atheist bloggers to offer nuanced and insightful discussions of matters of religion. And so I want to thank P. Z. Myers for challenging my stereotypes. Here is an excerpt from his recent post, “Palimpsest Jesus”: And there he is! Palimpsest Jesus! Once you spot [Read More...]

Historical vs. Observational Theology

Ken Ham has tried to make a distinction between historical and observational science. He ought, therefore, to accept that we must make the same distinction in theology, if he is to be consistent, don’t you think? And yet we find he himself quoting the Bible as though it can simply be assumed to provide evidence [Read More...]

First Photos of Jerusalem

James Tabor drew attention to something on the Smithsonian website: a collection of photos of Jerusalem taken in 1844, and thus the earliest photographs of Jerusalem ever taken! Click through to see the others. [Read more...]

James Ossuary in the News Again

The site IO9 posted an article today about the James Ossuary. It shouldn’t be necessary to emphasize that the finding of an accused forger not guilty is┬ánot the same thing as the genuineness and authenticity of an artifact being adequately demonstrated. Unfortunately, as a result of cleaning and other things to which the bone box [Read More...]

Bart Ehrman and Craig Evans Debate

Bart Ehrman shared this video of a debate between himself and Craig Evans about whether the New Testament’s depiction of Jesus is accurate. [Read more...]


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