Go, Redistribute Your Wealth to the Poor, and Follow Me

From the web cartoon series Shortpacked.   [Read more...]

Jesus Clears the Temple

For those who appreciate atrocious puns as much as I do… [Read more...]

Djesus Uncrossed vs. Christ Crucified #progGOD

I was gearing up to write a post about the slaughter of the Canaanites, a topic that came up in my class today. And then I finally got around to watching this Saturday Night Live video, “Djesus Uncrossed,” which several blogs I read had already shared: I could not help but connect the two, since [Read More...]

Jihadist Jesus Fake-Out

Bruce Gerencser shared this insightful quote from Brian McLaren’s book Everything Must Change: Jesus, Global Crises, and a Revolution of Hope: This eschatological understanding of a violent Second Coming leads us to believe that in the end, even God finds it impossible to fix the world apart from violence and coercion… If we remain charmed by [Read More...]

Myths of Mary and the Married Jesus

Here is a video of the recent Cadbury Lecture delivered by Mark Goodacre at the University of Birmingham: [Read more...]

Restricting the Bible

A cartoon from ASBO Jesus. An irony I see is that, precisely because the Bible cannot talk in the way depicted in the cartoon, it cannot object to conservative Christians who say things like “the Bible says….” They often try to treat God in the same way.   [Read more...]

The Resurrection in Orthodox Iconography and the Marriage Gesture of cheir’ epi karpo

At SBL in November, John Dominic Crossan spoke about Eastern Orthodox iconography of the resurrection (I previously blogged about this). Here is an example of the iconography: I was struck by the consistent depiction of Jesus grasping Adam by the wrist, which I assumed symbolized that the entirety of the salvation was accomplished by God, [Read More...]

Trying to Defend Christianity by Betraying It

Tim Gombis has shared some powerful thoughts about fundamentalism. Here is a sample: The fundamentalist error is the assumption that when I perceive some fundamental of the Christian faith to be threatened, I have the prerogative to be violent. The implicit logic at work here is that at critical moments the best way to defend [Read More...]

Well, That Escalated Quickly

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Jesus of Gallifrey?

Libby Anne wrote an interesting post recently about the experience of her child encountering the New Testament stories against the background of both other classic children’s mythology as well as more recent stories. And so the child came up with not only the angel Gabriel as “Mary’s fairy godmother” but also (with prompting after some [Read More...]

Joseph Hoffmann on Mythicism, Skepticism, and Historical Reasoning

Joseph Hoffmann posted on whether “anything goes” in mythicism, providing a wonderful discussion of the appropriate and inappropriate sorts of “skepticism” and illustrating how historians reason about the evidence regarding Jesus. Around a lengthy treatment of Hegelianism, he writes things like this: To say that Jesus is a plausible figure is thus merely to say [Read More...]