Ridiculous Hype (but for a series genuinely worth watching)

Scott Bailey shared the promotional video for the upcoming series on the History Channel, Bible Secrets Revealed, on YouTube. I do not think that it will change your mind about everything you think about the Bible. But they really did interview some of the world’s leading scholars – and also me! [Read more...]

This Will Make You Want To Watch Bible Secrets Revealed

HT Bob Cargill. Making a video while driving, and claiming that having a preview for a documentary series with no preachers in it is somehow equivalent to what Hitler did, makes you seem ridiculous. No, really, much more ridiculous than the sensationalized claims  in the ads for the documentary series – and those are pretty [Read More...]

Bible Secret Tweets Revealed

Joel Watts shared some of the tweets from conservative Christians about the upcoming History Channel documentary series, “Bible Secrets Revealed“:           [Read more...]

We Have Always Been At War With Science

For some reason, coming across an echo of George Orwell’s 1984, I found myself thinking about how it is paralleled in the revisionist history that has claimed that religion and science have always been at war. [Read more...]

Bible Secrets Revealed: Sneak Peek

Coming soon to the History Channel. [Read more...]

Bible Secrets Revealed

Bob Cargill shared the following about a documentary which, unless all the footage ended up on the cutting room floor, I will be in: I’m pleased to announce that a new documentary series will begin airing on History beginning Monday, November 11, 2013 at 10:00pm / 9:00 Central. The series is entitled, Bible Secrets Revealed, and is produced by Prometheus [Read More...]

Historical Jesus, Mythicism, and Miracles around the Blogosphere

Hemant Mehta explains his view on the historical Jesus, miracles, and what the implications are for atheism: Interestingly, even Neil Godfrey agrees with Mehta on one point, that if you aren’t an expert in the field of historical Jesus studies, then it is better to be agnostic about it rather than hold firmly to a [Read More...]

Just How Bad is Mythicism?

Neil Godfrey posted about peer-reviewed journals and how the peer review process is imperfect, if not indeed deeply flawed, and thus even problematic studies manage to get through into peer-reviewed journals in the sciences. And if that is true in the sciences, surely it is also true in the domain of history. And so what [Read More...]

Jesus Mythbusting

Several people on Facebook drew my attention to a misleading press release about Joseph Atwill, who is listed there as a “Biblical scholar,” even though there is no evidence that he has relevant qualifications or research to his name. His view is similar to ones that have been discussed on this blog before. The press [Read More...]

Luke vs. the Inerrantists

The prologue to the Gospel of Luke is unique among the Gospels. Its author provides a prologue indicating something about his aims and methods. This would have been a great opportunity to mention something like his receiving of divine revelation. Instead, here is what he wrote: Since many have undertaken to set down an orderly [Read More...]

William Dever on the Exodus and the Bible

Via Troy Avery on Facebook, I became aware of the above recording of a presentation by William Dever (a graduate of Butler University!) delivered at the University of California San Diego conference “Out of Egypt: Israel’s Exodus Between Text and Memory, History and Imagination.” [Read more...]


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