Jedi Jesus and Jedi for Jesus

I recently shared a photo of a display outside a church, as an example of how not to evangelize Jedi. But that doesn’t mean that there aren’t ways for Christians to connect to Jedi and the wider Star Wars crowd. Around the web, I discovered today, there are a surprisingly large of depictions of “Jedi Jesus” [Read More...]

How Not To Evangelize Jedi

Matthew Paul Turner shared this photo of a church’s Halloween decorations:   [Read more...]

Live Streaming Video of the “Jesus, Criteria, and the Demise of Authenticity” Conference

The conference centered on the book Jesus, Criteria, and the Demise of Authenticity, which is being held today and tomorrow at United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio, will be streaming live video of the conference. The link to the feed on their web site is: http://www.livestream.com/unitedts On Anthony LeDonne’s blog, you can find a schedule of [Read More...]

Is Jesus’ Wife Turning Into Thomas?

Discussion of the Gospel of Jesus’ Wife continues full speed ahead on scholarly blogs, and on list-servs such as that dedicated to the Gospel of Thomas. All of this is fantastic to see.  There have been ongoing discussions about open access to scholarly publications. But I think it is also wonderful when not merely the fruits [Read More...]

Star Wars as Religion

Having posted yesterday about Doctor Who as religion, I was struck when today Hemant Mehta shared this video, “Darth Vader is My Savior”: It does actually make a good point towards the end, as well as being amusing, and so it’s worth watching. And given the bit of anti-Obama religious propaganda I shared earlier today, [Read More...]

Will You Vote Jesus or Barack Obama Into Your Heart

Matthew Paul Turner shared this bizarre piece of religio-political propaganda: I wonder why this fundamentalist Christian isn't worried about people asking Mitt Romney into their heart as their personal lord and savior,,,   [Read more...]

Is Sex the Reason Some Insist Jesus Wasn’t Married?

Whatever one thinks of the authenticity or otherwise of the papyrus fragment that seems to be stuck with the title the “Gospel of Jesus’ Wife,” I think it is useful that people are talking about the possibility of Jesus having been married. Some react to the idea with such an excessive dismissiveness, as though their [Read More...]

Two Witnesses, a Woman, a Baby and a Dragon

The Sunday before last in my Sunday school class we talked about the two witnesses in Revelation 11.  I mentioned the fact that, some years ago, I was contacted by e-mail by someone insistent that I ought to share his view on this subject with readers of my blog. His view is that the “two [Read More...]

Jesus – Married too Soon?

Clergy Family Confidential has a list of ten reasons why one would not want to be Jesus’ wife. And then they came up with another ten. For more humor related to the topic, see Christian Brady’s suggestions of how the text might have continued after “Jesus said, ‘My wife…’” and also see the cartoon at [Read More...]

The Most Interesting Gospel about Jesus’ Wife in the World?

Steve Douglas kindly made and shared this image: The words are something I said in my previous blog post, in response to Francis Watson’s claim that various phrases show dependence on other Gospels. There are a great many phrases one will encounter in a language which will only seem derivative of a specific other text [Read More...]

Jesus said, “My wife…” WHAT? How would you fill in the blank?

As readers already know, a small fragment in Coptic that has been making headlines because it includes the words “Jesus said, ‘My wife…’” and then is cut off there. I suggested in my last post, but thought it might be worth separating out in a post of its own, that it would be interesting (and perhaps [Read More...]


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