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...]

Strange Fruit

This past Sunday in church, my pastor showed this powerful video, produced by folks from the SALT Project, which is based here in Indianapolis.  [Read more...]

A Chorus of Voices

David Gowler of Emory University is currently writing a book about the reception history of the parables. He has decided to blog through the process of writing the book, and has set up a blog for this purpose, called A Chorus of Voices. I know it will be of interest to some readers of this [Read More...]

Mythicism in the Arctic Vortex

Johnny Walker responded to a response to a blog post of his about mythicism. If you are experiencing yet another day disrupted by the arctic weather, and are looking for something to read, there’s that. Of related interest: Mauro Pesce shared a book chapter on Academia.edu, “The Beginning of Historical Research on Jesus in the [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 not 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...]

Critical Christmas Carols from Horrible Histories

While I intended for the series “Critical Christmas Carols” to offer my own creations, there’s no need to ignore those that others have produced. IO9 shared these videos from Horrible Histories: For those who are interested, it seems that the entire Christmas episode can be watched online: [Read more...]

Liberal Jesus Wishes You Happy Holidays

A few days ago, a list of verses that supposedly prove Jesus was a liberal circulated. Being a liberal myself, you might expect me to be delighted by such a list. And indeed, I’ve sometimes clicked “like” on such things or passed them on, because they can provide a useful counter to those who assume [Read More...]

Temple Mount Today

Via Mystical Politics. Zoom in to see the details. [Read more...]

Chris Keith on Social Memory Theory and the Gospels

Chris Keith shared a link to the above lecture on social memory theory and the Gospels, his inaugural lecture at St. Mary’s University College, Twickenham. See also Chris’s own post as well as Mike Kok’s and Tyler Stewart’s posts about a session at SBL in which Chris and others addressed the same topic.   [Read more...]

Review of The First Thanksgiving

I confess that I accepted with some reluctance the invitation to participate in the Patheos Book Club about Robert Tracy McKenzie’s book The First Thanksgiving: What the Real Story Tells Us About Loving God and Learning from History. It wasn’t that I thought it wouldn’t be interesting. I just wondered whether I could really afford [Read More...]

Bible Secrets Revealed Secrets Revealed

Joel Hoffmann announced that he is in the first episode of Bible Secrets Revealed, a new documentary series that airs starting tonight at 10 pm on the History Channel. Since I don’t know if or when I am in any episodes, that may mean that I ended up entirely on the cutting room floor, or [Read More...]


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