Counting the Cross

Tim Gombis wrote the above in a recent blog post, addressing the implications of the cross of Jesus for the statements of people like Jerry Falwell Jr. about not merely carrying weapons, but using them against adherents of another religion: The cross is not a personal and private matter between me and God. The cross [Read More…]

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Jesus’ Words Updated for Bird Lovers

And Jesus said to her, “It is not appropriate to take the birds’ food and throw it to the squirrels.” The Syrophoenician woman replied, “But sir, even the squirrels eat seeds that fall from the birds’ feeder!” People with bird feeders who also know the Gospels will get it…     [Read more…]

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Saturday Morning at #SBLAAR15 – John, Jesus, and History

I got to Atlanta last night. This morning I picked up my tote bag which included my name tag holder. Nearby, the book exhibit was soon to open, and so I saw and chatted briefly with several people I know who were waiting there. There is really impressive attendance at the first session I attended, [Read More…]

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Time and Relative Dimension in the Gospel of John

Another great cartoon from Spike Davis. [Read more…]

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Discussing Mythicism

My recent posts about mythicism, responding to Larry Moran and Jerry Coyne, has sparked discussion on other blogs. See the posts by Don Burrows, Tim O’Neill at a brand new blog called “History for Atheists,” and Chris Eyre. I also had a piece by Brent Lyons drawn to my attention, in which he discusses the [Read More…]

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Interpolation Mythicism

Commenter arcseconds made this useful observation in a discussion about whether Galatians 1:19 might be an interpolation, as mythicists hope: [I]t requires the existence of a copyist prepared to make clarifying interpolations, who thinks this clarification is needed, who actually made this interpolation, at a point where they could influence the manuscript tradition, and who [Read More…]

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Sandwalking with Jesus

Larry Moran posted on his blog an excerpt from a conversation we had on Facebook. The conversation showed that he is confused about what historians investigate, because he (like conservative Christians) thinks that “the Jesus of the Bible” – the one who performs miracles and so on – is the only one that matters. I am [Read More…]

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Further History-Denialism from Jerry Coyne

It boggles my mind and frustrates me when anyone engages in denialism, whether in science, history, or any other area. But when someone who has worked hard to combat denialism does it, it can seem downright baffling. But Jerry Coyne has done precisely that in the past, and continues to do so. In a recent blog post [Read More…]

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Christians and Halloween

“Halloween is a Satanic holiday” is the most ridiculous, absolute lamest excuse that stingy people have ever come up with as an excuse to not give candy to those who ask for it. Christians, of course, will not use this excuse, since they know that Jesus himself said “Give to everyone who asks of you” (Luke [Read More…]

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Jesus’ Gender Identity

PZ Myers and Hemant Mehta both shared excerpts from the cartoon from which the above is also a small section. Since many people would find the idea of Jesus as transgender or intersex to be horror-inducing, this seemed appropriate to share for Halloween… [Read more…]

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We Don’t Know the Whole Story

Maybe instead of or to supplement “What Would Jesus Do?” an updated way of making decisions would be, “If my words were inserted in speech bubbles into the story of Jesus, who would be speaking them?” Of vaguely related interest, see Jim Davila’s blog post on the question of whether Jesus was black. [Read more…]

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