Jesus’ Words Updated for Bird Lovers

And Jesus said to her, “It is not appropriate to take the birds’ food and throw it to the squirrels.” The Syrophoenician woman replied, “But sir, even the squirrels eat seeds that fall from the birds’ feeder!” People with bird feeders who also know the Gospels will get it…     [Read more...]

References in “50 Ways to Forge a Gospel”

At some point I’ll post a listener’s guide, if necessary, to the song “50 Ways to Forge a Gospel,” which I shared here recently, the YouTube video of which I’ve embedded above. It is full of references to specific forgeries, pseudepigraphies, novels, and other kinds of Jesus literature both ancient and modern, both canonical and [Read More...]

50 Ways to Forge a Gospel

As the song lyrics indicate, it genuinely was at the 2015 York Christian Apocrypha Symposium that I got the idea for this song, and mentioned it to Bart Ehrman over a drink after his keynote address, which was the primary inspiration for the song, although the whole range of papers were in mind and there [Read More...]

Martyrdom Made Easy

OK, I thought I was done with the poking of fun at this topic of Starbucks cups as an alleged “war on Christmas.” But the above painting depicting one of the stations of the cup was too good not to pass on. It comes to you courtesy of Pictoral Theology. [Read more...]

Critique of Pure Welding

It seems that everyone is aware that Marco Rubio’s statement about welders making more than philosophers was simply wrong. It also ignored facts such as that students study philosophy as groundwork for law school and other highly-paid careers. But most worrying about the statement is the way it seeks to antagonize two groups in society [Read More...]

Gamification: Sisyphus and Students

This comic from Existential Comics got me thinking about gamification in education. Sometimes tediously repetitive tasks are a necessary part of learning, and in such instances, gamification may offer real help. But sometimes as educators we fail to make the activities themselves more interesting, settling for busy work with no clear purpose. And so let’s [Read More...]

Sam Harris the Powerful Philosopher

I was unaware of Existential Comics’ unofficial comic section until someone drew the gem below to my attention, which rather mercilessly satirizes the New Atheists who simply ridicule religious thought where more serious critics in the past have recognized worthy adversaries even when they adamantly disagreed with them: [Read more...]

Rapture Survivor Card

It’s Thursday, and so don’t forget to get your card stamped… [Read more...]

Have a Snickers, Jesus

When I shared David Hayward’s depiction of the temple incident, suggesting that it happened because Jesus hadn’t had his morning coffee, Brian Le Port pointed out that it reminded him of one of those Snickers commercials. It seemed worth actually making it, and so I did. In case it needs to be said, I don’t [Read More...]

The End of the World Table

Given the claim that the world will end today (which is ultimately inspired by Harold Camping’s previous failed predictions), I thought it would be fun to create a system for rating apocalypses, much like the new system for rating comments that is being alpha tested on this blog. And so what else could I call [Read More...]

How Mail Has Changed

Via The Art of Simple [Read more...]