Married with Children? Recent Headlines About Jesus and Mary Magdalene

Lots of people have been sharing the “news” headlines that a Syriac text allegedly reveals that Jesus married Mary Magdalene and had children with her. The fact that the book these news articles are designed to promote mentions “decoding” an ancient text is the first sign that this is dubious. That the “decoding” will be carried [Read More...]

Called to Ministry

Allan Bevere shared the cartoon above. I imagine that some Christians would balk at the notion that Jesus could have been inept at anything. But to suggest that he was good at everything is to deny that he was a human being. I was more concerned, when I saw the cartoon, that some might interpret it as saying [Read More...]

JJMJS

The word has been spreading that there is a new open access journal, the Journal of the Jesus Movement in its Jewish Setting. That the first issue has appeared during Open Access Week makes the timing perfect. The first article, by Torleif Elgvin, offers a transcription and translation of the Gabriel Inscription as well as [Read More...]

Joseph, Who Understood

This is a rather distinctive Christmas song by the band The New Pornographers (HT Anthony LeDonne). Here are the lyrics:   Joseph, Who Understood   Rumors are flying All over Galilee these days And Mary, I’m trying To be cool When my friends walk by them They cannot look at me In the eye Baby, [Read More...]

Time Out

From yesterday's Family Circus.   [Read more...]

The Short-Term Impact of Jesus’ Birth

From The New Yorker.   [Read more...]

It’s Not Just the Kids

Episcopal Church Memes shared this cartoon on Facebook. It is from Rev. Jay Sidebotham's St. Swithin's cartoon series. We can all chuckle at the way new technological and other assumptions change the perception of the Christmas story. But the proposal of the vicar in the cartoon – to go back to the King James Version [Read More...]

Sooner or Later, You Have to Choose between the Bible and Inerrancy

A discussion I’ve been part of on Facebook illustrates something that I have said before on numerous occasions: ultimately, for those approaching the Bible as a sacred text, one has to choose between showing respect for the Bible above all, or giving ultimate authority to a doctrine of Biblical inerrancy. This was illustrated in a [Read More...]

Superhero Saints

I’ve been meaning to blog about this since it first turned up on Matthew Paul Turner’s blog (subsequently getting mentioned at IO9 and Greenflame). Superheroes are regularly situated at the intersection of religion and science fiction – see Steve Wiggins’ recent post on Alien Deities as one example – but not always quite as blatantly [Read More...]

Is the New Testament Evidence Compatible with Jesus having been Buried in Talpiot?

Many news outlets and blogs are talking about the second first-century tomb in Talpiot that James Tabor and Simcha Jacobovici have investigated and written about in The Jesus Discovery. Having recently discussed the subject of Jesus’ burial in my book The Burial of Jesus: What Does History Have to Do with Faith?, I have my own [Read More...]

Creationism vs. the Virginal Conception

From Unreasonable Faith [Read more...]


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