The Five-Fingered Theology of The Simpsons

A collection of trivia about The Simpsons mentioned that God and Jesus are the only characters depicted with five fingers. Any thoughts on the symbolic significance of this? Any thoughts on how this relates to the four-toed statue on LOST? [Read more...]

Christians Under Attack

This political cartoon is old, but it came to my attention recently and it clearly has not lost its relevance. We can debate whether Christians are “under attack” in any meaningful sense anywhere in the English speaking world – being disagreed with is not an attack, and while there are instances of harassment, discrimination, and other kinds [Read More...]

Did Paul Meet the Historical Jesus?

Stanley Porter, in lectures which are available for free via iTunes, points out that Jesus and Paul were contemporaries, and makes the case that there is a good chance that Paul met Jesus at some point. Of the four lectures he gives on this topic, the third focuses on passages which Porter believes might indicate that this [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...]

Using Jesus

Newsweek, mythicism, Jesus, the Bible, and web traffic, all in one Coffee With Jesus cartoon, courtesy of Radio Free Babylon.   [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...]

Leave My Robe Alone

A recent article on Simcha Jacobovici’s The Lost Gospel included Titian’s painting “Noli me Tangere,” which is in the public domain.  I had seen the painting before, but the poses of the two figures never struck me in quite the way they did when I saw it connected with Jacobovici’s conspiracy theory about Jesus and Mary Magdalene being [Read More...]

The Physics of Water Into Wine

  Some physicists have done a study of the energy involved in turning water into wine. It seems that it may in fact have involved a very different process than what SMBC depicted in cartoon form a while back: [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...]

Was Jesus Wrong on Purpose?

Mike Skinner shared some interesting thoughts on Mark 2:25-26 from the late Bill Placher: “Is this all a joke? A mistake? By Jesus? By Mark? Mark so rarely misremembers texts that I doubt he is doing so here. I infer, then, that the point of his reply is to show that these Pharisees, eager to [Read More...]

Doctor Who Nativity

I came across this picture on Reddit. I hope that someone is keeping their eyes on that angel! Can you envisage the story? Baby Jesus attacked by a Dalek and a Weeping Angel, and the Doctor arrives to save the day? What details would you fill in?   [Read more...]


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