Is There A Perfect Ethical Principle?

As a Christian, I seek to live by the Golden Rule. SMBC has a cartoon which calls into question whether even that principle represents a perfect ethical law (HT Hemant Mehta): I doubt (although feel free not to correct me) that anyone actually has the fetish mentioned in the cartoon. But I can well imagine [Read More...]

An Odd Diatribe from Thomas L. Thompson

In the latest issue of The Bible and Interpretation, Thomas L. Thompson offers a very odd rebuke to Bart Ehrman. Thompson mentions things like Philo's love of allegory and Qoheleth's assertion of our lack of novelty, as though these somehow will allow one to open the door to any and all interpretations of texts, including [Read More...]

Tackling Denialism With Painful Logic

Compared to historians and scholars dealing with Jesus mythicists, those who tackle other forms of denialism seem to have it somewhat easier – or would, if denialism could be combated with logic of the sort illustrated in this XKCD cartoon: In related news, while I myself have used the comparison between the tactics used by [Read More...]

Better Atheist Fact-Checking

Tom Verenna shared a short image reflecting common mythicist misinformation, and (quite justifiably) complained about it. It appears that someone also went through it and illustrated point by point how fact-checking should be done. Here is the result: [Read more...]

Jesus, John, Paul, George, and Ringo Mythicism

Commenter Admiral Mattbar shared a link to a site, “The Beatles Never Existed.” I got a glimpse of it, but the next time I tried to reload it, it was as though it was not there. I began to wonder if perhaps I should become a “The Beatles Never Existed” web site mythicist… But then there [Read More...]

Is Jesus Satan?

Now that I have your attention, I should presumably next reassure you by saying “NO!” But hopefully you are still asking yourself why on earth anyone would ask the question in the first place. The reason is a discussion in my Sunday school class last week. We’ve been working through the Book of Revelation, and [Read More...]

The Danger of Backfiring Skepticism

Skepticism ought to be about critical thinking. But it often ends up being something else, which is illustrated nicely in the latest cartoon by David Hayward: It is a bit like the point made in Richard Beck’s recent blog post about scapegoating. Going against the flow, once looked down upon, is now highly appreciated in [Read More...]

Superhero Saints

I’ve been meaning to blog about this since it first turned up on Matthew Paul Turner’s blog (subsequently getting mentioned at IO9 and Greenflame). Superheroes are regularly situated at the intersection of religion and science fiction – see Steve Wiggins’ recent post on Alien Deities as one example – but not always quite as blatantly [Read More...]

More Mythicism around the Blogosphere

There seems to be quite a bit of buzz about mythicism in the blogosphere. Today’s round-up starts with another post by Joseph Hoffmann on the topic, which begins with the following statement: The train crash that is modern mythicism is built on the train crash that was earlier mythicism. The chance of the crash happening [Read More...]

The Disciples’ Field Trip

The theme of yesterday’s service at my church was the story in Mark 2:23-28. My wife referred to it as Jesus taking the disciples on a “field trip”  - literally! – since the story is set in a field. The story is often viewed as implausible, being understood to envisage Pharisees hanging around fields in [Read More...]

The Jesus Process Begins

A while back, Joseph Hoffmann announced a new project with the title “The Jesus Process.” It has now produced its first few offerings, in the form of the following online essays: Maurice Casey, “Mythicism: A Story of Bias, Incompetence and Falsehood” Stephanie Louise Fisher, “An Exhibition of Incompetence: Trickery, Dickery, Bayes” R. Joseph Hoffmann, “Controversy, [Read More...]


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