Jesus Wore a Red Shirt

This seemed worth posting again, since this week brings together Jesus’ death (foreseen, according to the Gospels, as clearly as that of a redshirt in a landing party) and the wearing of red to show support for marriage equality. Some people are having to explain that you can be in favor of marriage equality as [Read More...]

New Commandment and Foot-Washing Thursday

Apparently the term “Maundy Thursday” comes from the Latin phrase “mandatum novum” meaning “new commandment.” The reference is to John 13, which features the story of Jesus washing the disciples’ feet, followed by his statement about a new commandment he has given them, to love one another. We actually reached this passage in my class [Read More...]

It May Cost You Friends

Doing the right thing may cost people friends. That has always been the case. Particularly in view of my post earlier today, expressing the wish that more Christians would stand up for the marginalized and practice courageously inclusive love, instead of standing against science or engaging in other such distractions, I felt the need to [Read More...]

The Burial of Jesus

Due to some sort of glitch on, my ebook The Burial of Jesus: What Does History Have to Do with Faith? (Patheos Press, 2012) was not available for purchase. I am not sure how long this was the case, but I thought I should announce here that it is available again, still at the low [Read More...]

Mostly Dead

I just saw this on Facebook and had to share it. Every time I talk about the parable of the Good Samaritan, I always throw in a Princess Bride reference along these lines!   [Read more...]

Runaway Sheep

Here’s the latest cartoon from David Hayward: [Read more...]

Young-Earth Creationists vs. the Parables of Jesus

A commenter pointed out something which I've also said in the past, but which bears repeating. Young-earth creationists are adamant that there must be one creation story in Genesis, and it must be chronologically coherent and factually, historically, and scientifically true. Ironically, Jesus, the one whom most of them claim to follow, taught primarily in [Read More...]


Scott Bailey drew my attention to a wonderful parody page on Facebook, taking a mythicist approach to Abraham Lincoln. Here’s one example of what you’ll find there: I also like the parody book cover, Lincoln is Not Great: How Belief in Abraham Lincoln Poisons Everything.  :-) [Read more...]

Peter Denies Jesus

Several people on Facebook have shared this. And given March Madness and Butler’s victory yesterday, it seemed appropriate to share it here too. [Read more...]

Jesus the Greaser?

I just saw this image on Facebook: I may have to show it to my classes in the future. When the concept of Messiah first comes up, I ask if anyone knows what it means. Usually there is someone who knows that it means “anointed” or “anointed one.” Then I ask what it means to [Read More...]

Whom to Really Thank for the Death Star’s Destruction

From Unvirtuous Abbey, and a natural follow-up to yesterday's post.   [Read more...]