Martyrdom Made Easy

OK, I thought I was done with the poking of fun at this topic of Starbucks cups as an alleged “war on Christmas.” But the above painting depicting one of the stations of the cup was too good not to pass on. It comes to you courtesy of Pictoral Theology. [Read more...]

#YCAS2015 Fifth Panel

The morning of the second day of the York Christian Apocrypha Symposium began with Gregory Fewster discussing assumptions scholars work with regarding pseudepigraphy, and the question of what made a pseudepigraphal work “successful,” focusing in particular on 3 Corinthians. Among the assumptions we take for granted is that, for pseudepigraphy to work, the reputation of [Read More...]

Luke Volume 3

Jonathan Bernier raised some interesting problems with suggestions that are often made regarding why Luke ended Acts where he did. The open ending doesn’t really work well as a defense of Paul’s innocence, if the work was written after Paul’s death. That does not, however, mean that we must embrace as the only alternative dating Acts to soon after [Read More...]

Obi-Wan Kenobi and Martyrdom

I came across the cartoon above on Reddit. It depicts a satirical cartoonist uttering the words of Obi-Wan Kenobi in response to an armed terrorist. What do you think that might be learned from thinking about Obi-Wan Kenobi as a martyr in the Star Wars story? Or the comparison between Star Wars and recent events? [Read More...]

Review of Candida Moss, The Myth of Persecution

I am delighted to have been given the opportunity to participate in a blog tour organized by TLC, focused on Candida Moss' book The Myth of Persecution: How Early Christians Invented a Story of Martyrdom. Moss' book begins with modern perspectives on persecution and martyrdom, including examples which have made international news, and then turns [Read More...]

Martyrdom vs. Martyr Complexes

Fred Clark has a post about an Evangelical blog entry by Karen Swallow Prior that made a connection between the martyrdom of Stephen and the fact that Hobby Lobby is going to have to provide comprehensive insurance for employees, including coverage for things that the employer personally does not want to. Employers have always had [Read More...]