Review of Jodi Magness, Stone and Dung, Oil and Spit

I am long overdue to review Jodi Magness’ book Stone and Dung, Oil and Spit: Jewish Daily Life in the Time of Jesus on my blog. It is so full of interesting detail that it simply wouldn’t do to skim through it quickly. Many readers will have encountered at some point a picture book which children [Read More...]

Horus Manure

I’m not sure how I missed it, but a few years ago, Catholic apologist Jon Sorensen came up with a very clever title for a post about alleged Jesus-Horus parallels: Horus Manure. Whatever you think of the post, that’s a pun that was too good not to share. More up to date, Gakusei Don (who [Read More...]

The Historical Jesus Goes To University

I recently had a mythicist troll ask for evidence that Jesus is taught as a historical figure at any secular university. I could have merely offered Butler University and been done with it – and perhaps added the University of North Carolina for good measure. But despite the question coming from someone who was clearly a [Read More...]

Review of Maurice Casey’s Jesus: Evidence and Argument or Mythicist Myths?

My review of Maurice Casey’s book Jesus: Evidence and Argument or Mythicist Myths? has been published in Review of Biblical Literature.  Below is an excerpt from the end of the review. Please click through to read the rest. I suspect that many will find the tone of Casey’s volume rather too acerbic—especially if they have never had [Read More...]

CNN Covers Mythicism

CNN has an article about mythicism. Here’s a sample: Crossan…says some Jesus deniers may be people who have a problem with Christianity. “It’s a way of responding to something you don’t like,” Crossan says. “We can’t say that Obama doesn’t exist, but we can say that he’s not an American.  If we’re talking about Obama [Read More...]

Embarrassed by Mythicism/Antievolutionism

Have you ever wondered why the two New Testament scholars to write books directly tackling mythicist claims are Bart Ehrman and Maurice Casey, both of whom happen to be atheists? I don’t think it is a coincidence. As atheists, Ehrman and Casey have the most to be embarrassed about when fellow atheists uncritically embrace views that [Read More...]

Myth and Memory

On his blog Genealogy of Religion, Cris Campbell talks about reading Colin Calloway’s book One Vast Winter Count: The Native American West before Lewis and Clark. The crux of the post can be summed up by quoting Campbell: I have no doubt that indigenous oral traditions are remarkable repositories of deep history and ancient knowledge. They are [Read More...]

Bart Ehrman on Jesus Mythicism

Mike Bird shared this video of Bart Ehrman giving a nice succinct response to a mythicist. [Read more...]

Jim Davila (and) the Hero

Jim Davila mentioned my article about the Rank-Raglan hero archetype and the historical Jesus. Jim notes that, if one includes all the Synoptic Gospels, then Jesus can be ranked higher than I suggested. When I referred to our very earliest sources, I had in mind the letters of Paul and the Gospel of Mark, which [Read More...]

Could Jesus Win This Contest?

The website IO9 asked, “What Real Historical Figure Is Portrayed The Least Accurately Onscreen?” Suggestions thus far have included Abraham Lincoln, Cleopatra, and Rasputin. No one has mentioned Jesus as of my writing this blog post. Do you think he should be in the running? Ought he to win? Has anyone been portrayed onscreen less [Read More...]

Article on the Elusive Jesus

Valerie Tarico interviewed me, as well as Raphael Lataster and Neil Godfrey – for an article she wrote for The Humanist. The article’s title is “Savior? Shaman? Myth? Ink Blot? Why Christianity’s Main Man Remains So Elusive.” Since the article needed to be trimmed for publication, Tarico has posted the complete full-length version on her blog. Have [Read More...]


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