Mythicism and Parallelomania around the Blogosphere

My recent use of the term “parallelomania” (popularized by Samuel Sandmel) has sparked some discussion in the blogosphere. It’s All Random…Mostly expressed dislike for the term. Ian then responded, writing: I have some sympathy for just using the term ‘parallelomania’ as a term of skepticism. To say, yes it is fine to find parallels, but as [Read More...]

Beyond Jesus-Agnosticism

Rick Sumner poses some interesting questions on his blog The Dilettante Exegete – during some of which he has an imaginary gun to his head! One that I think is particularly interesting is the question of what one ought to call the stance that there probably was a historical Jesus – the brother of the [Read More...]

Seraphosaurus?

I am grateful to Michael Heiser for making me aware of Ben Stanhope's blog, “Remythologized,” and more specifically his post about a visit to the Creation “Museum.” It includes a discussion of Ken Ham's attempt to treat the seraphs of the Bible, winged serpentine beings, as pterosaurs or something similar. Read the entire post. From [Read More...]

The Hero’s Journey as Explained by Puppets

Thanks to IO9 to sharing this explanation of Joseph Campbell’s idea of the hero’s journey, the set of standard features that recur in human storytelling, sometimes referred to as the monomyth. It actually does an impressive job of illustrating not just that there are recurring features, but also that myths, legends, and storytelling often switch [Read More...]

Vridar Returns (and a Review of a Review of a Review)

Before Vridar had been shut down as a result of a copyright complaint from Joel Watts, I had begun to respond to something Neil Godfrey wrote there. Now that his blog is back (at the different address of Vridar.org), I will do so. But let me first direct readers to some discussion of the events that [Read More...]

Vridar No Longer Available

I was in the process of writing a response to Neil Godfrey’s latest accusation against me, when Joel Watts drew my attention to the fact that his blog Vridar has apparently been shut down by WordPress: I hope this is not the result of someone who finds the content on the blog objectionable making a [Read More...]

Doctor Who: The Time Monster

This classic episode of Doctor Who, “The Time Monster,” is arguably one of the best for discussing the show’s interaction with religion. It has points at which ancient Greek mythology, Buddhism, and Christianity are in view. The story focuses on the attempt by the Master to summon Kronos, the Greek god who apparently really exists [Read More...]

A Low View of Scripture

Mike Beidler posted this as his status update on Facebook and I asked for permission to quote him: To say that if any part of the Bible is of the myth genre, so goes the rest, is to present a blatantly false dichotomy. Disregarding the fact that Genesis contains etiological literature (i.e., origins myth) is [Read More...]

Genesis 1 as Myth

I had my attention drawn today to an article by Howard Bess, a retired American Baptist minister. The title is “Rethinking the Genesis Message.” Here’s a sample: Genesis 1 is the Israelite response to chaos and endless war. In the Genesis 1 myth, the Israelite God confronts a world that is without form and is [Read More...]

Historical Research around the Blogosphere

Kevin Brown has finished reviewing Richard Carrier’s book.  I’ve shared other parts previously, but now you can read part three, part four, and part five. In the final part of the review, Brown sums up his assessment this way: All in all, I found this book to be pretty mediocre. Richard Carrier states in his bio on his blog [Read More...]

Bart Ehrman and the Quest of the Historical Jesus of Nazareth

Tom Verenna drew a new book to my attention, Bart Ehrman and the Quest of the Historical Jesus of Nazareth. He has now written a very negative review of the volume. Although Richard Carrier is a contributor to the volume, and says that Tom’s review is too scathing, Carrier’s own review is not much less [Read More...]


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