Julius Caesar Mythicism vs. Jesus Mythicism: Smackdown!

Tom Verenna shared some thoughts on something I wrote recently, in a comment on the Vridar blog, in which I suggested that it is not harder to be a mythicist about Julius Caesar than about Jesus, and that the same tactics and methods used by Jesus mythicists could be employed for good effect in the [Read More...]

Stress: Portrait of a Killer

Tonight I caught most of a National Geographic documentary on PBS. It is called Stress: Portrait of a Killer. It brings together sociological, medical, genetic and other relevant studies and talks about what the evidence clearly shows: that whether you are a baboon or a human, stress – and particular the stress related to where [Read More...]

Rafael Rodriguez is (probably) Wrong about his own Wrongness

Rafael kindly responded to my reply to his post, including (in a comment here) the following video, which presumably was meant to indicate that he would be tap dancing around some of the issues.  :-) Rafael mentions a number of topics – such as whether Mark Goodacre is correct about the matter of Q – [Read More...]

Making Stuff Up About Messiahs and Me

Neil Godfrey is at it again. I suspected from some of his recent posts that he had either misunderstood or was gearing up to misrepresent me – not to mention the field of Jewish studies. In his latest post, he writes the following: “James McGrath claims all Messiah figures were expected to be conquering kings.” [Read More...]

Jesus With His Head In The Clouds?

I had the privilege of being present for Mark Goodacre’s paper proposing a conjectural emendation of the Gospel of Peter, so that it does not feature a walking, talking cross, but instead referred to Jesus as “the crucified.” Remnant of Giants has blogged about Mark’s proposal twice recently, and Mark himself has also done so. [Read More...]

Jesus: The Cold Case – Some Blog Reactions

Three blogs that I know of have blogged about the TV documentary Jesus: The Cold Case. Here they are: Remnant of Giants Otagosh Say Hello To My Little Friend They represent very different reactions. Did any readers of this blog see it? If so, what did you make of it? [Read more...]

Review of Earl Doherty’s Jesus: Neither God Nor Man chapter 9

Chapter 9 of Doherty’s book Jesus: Neither God Nor Man is a mere six pages in length. Into this small space is packed, first of all, a brief presentation of Platonism and Stoicism, focusing on transcendence and immanence and the use of concepts such as Demiurge, Logos and Wisdom to bridge the gap between the [Read More...]

Is Jesus The Only Way? A Progressive Christian Perspective

Elsewhere on Patheos, as part of the ongoing symposium “What is Progressive Christianity?”, Rev. Susan Strouse shares her thoughts on the idea that Jesus is the only way. [Read more...]

Divine Christology in Mark’s Gospel?

Kevin Brown, on his blog Diglotting, has posted part one and part two of a series about the Christology of the Gospel of Mark. Kevin does a great job of highlighting what the text does – and does not – say, and in the process suggests that some common interpretations read things into the text [Read More...]

The New Antitheses

David Hayward does it again… [Read more...]

Relegere

Several bloggers have noted the appearance of the first issue of a new online journal, Relegere: Studies in Religion and Reception. Any journal that contains an article with the title “Life of Brian or Life of Jesus? Uses of Critical Biblical Scholarship and Non-orthodox Views of Jesus in Monty Python’s Life of Brian” is definitely [Read More...]


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