Richard Carrier on Crucified Messiahs

As someone who has appreciated things that he has written in the past, I have kept hoping that Richard Carrier might eventually come around, see the folly of getting bogged down in that realm of nonsense known as mythicism, and return to the rigor and attention to detail expected in mainstream historical critical scholarship. If [Read More...]

The (Apparent) Death and Resurrection of the Doctor

A commenter pointed out to me that the date chosen for the death of the Doctor by Lake Silencio, April 22nd, 2011, was significant, advising me to Google it. I did. That date was Good Friday this year. The same commenter also related the question about the Doctor’s identity to the classic one from the [Read More...]

Enduring Freedom Jesus Christ (with Rocket Launcher)

This is surely a spoof, but that doesn’t in any way negate Matthew Paul Turner’s description of this as “the greatest worst Jesus doll ever.” I expect that a lot of people will react to something like this with horror and perhaps even regard it as blasphemy. I wonder how many of them, however, will [Read More...]

Jesus and the Stereotypical Hero

Ricky Carvel, on his blog Confessions of a Doubting Thomas, noted a set of characteristics that tend to be associated with heroes, and asked whether the very large correspondence, as he sees it, indicates something about the historicity of Jesus. First, here’s the list, which is originally based on the book The Hero: A Study [Read More...]

Worshiping Jesus around the Biblioblogosphere

There are a couple of posts from around the blogosphere on the subject of monotheism, Christology and early Christian worship: Larry Hurtado posted on his conversation with James Dunn at the British New Testament Conference, and Kevin Brown posted on the worship of Adam and the light it might shed on the worship of Jesus. [Read More...]

Hitchhiker’s Historical Jesus Giveaway

As I mentioned a while back, I’ll be participating in a “blog tour” around the book A Hitchhiker’s Guide to Jesus. In connection with that, Baker Academic Press is holding a giveaway, and you can now visit their site and participate. [Read more...]

Jesus and the Undead

This is an actual photo of the sign outside my church… [Read more...]

Jesus Christ, Pirate?

At the site Center for a Stateless Society, Kevin Carson has posted a provocative piece on Jesus and piracy. Given the source, they presumably won’t mind my reproducing it here (while giving credit where credit is due): After reportedly feeding a crowd of five thousand with five loaves and two fishes, Jesus Christ of Nazareth [Read More...]

Breaking News: Jesus Christ Files Lawsuit Against GOP For Slander

The Freewood Post reports the following: Jesus Christ filed a lawsuit today in the New York Supreme Court against the Republican National Committee for what he is calling “egregious misrepresentation of his statements and image.” One of the attorneys representing Christ had this to say: “For years Republicans have proclaimed their love for and loyalty [Read More...]

Mythicists and Creationists: Which are More Entertaining?

For some, the similarities between mythicists and creationists outweigh the differences, while for others the reverse seems to be true. The latter tend to get very upset when the comparison is made. And so perhaps it is only fair that I emphasize from time to time one of the differences between mythicists and creationists. Having [Read More...]

Jesus: The Latest Incarnation

Everyone knows that images of Jesus have changed over the years, centuries and millennia. Much like Doctor Who has featured different regenerations of its main character, and the show itself has been many different things over the years, one could perhaps usefully ask whether the “character” of Jesus in Christianity does not seem like it [Read More...]


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