Paul’s Thorn in the Flesh Revealed

HT Jonathan Robinson and everyone else who shared it! (via here) UPDATE: The cartoon is apparently by Tim Davis. [Read more...]

April Fool’s Biblical Studies Carnival

Jonathan Robinson has posted a very entertaining Biblical Studies Carnival. In the process he noted that 85% of Biblical Studies graduates cannot spot what is wrong with this picture: The reason, of course, is that 85% of Biblical studies graduates are too young to recognize any of the characters in the picture… Click through to [Read More...]

Review of Bart Ehrman, Did Jesus Exist? Part One

I’m grateful to have been given the opportunity to participate in the blog tour about Bart Ehrman’s latest book, Did Jesus Exist?: The Historical Argument for Jesus of Nazareth. Ehrman emphasizes that many mythicists appear to approach the question of Jesus’ existence in the manner of conspiracy theorists, and since such people refuse to change [Read More...]

Mythicism and James the Brother of the Lord (A Reply to Richard Carrier)

Richard Carrier has a lengthy response to my response to his response to Bart Ehrman’s Huffington Post piece on mythicism and why it is viewed as bunk by historians and other scholars. Let me tackle one important topic first, one which I think is indeed the most crucial (which is why I have addressed it [Read More...]

Young-Earth Creationists Believe Supernovas are Beautiful Lies told by God

Young-earth creationists, strictly speaking, can’t believe that there are such things as “supernovas” in the sense in which other people use that term. That term refers to stars exploding in faraway parts of the universe. For instance, the NASA page about one supernova visible in recent memory, SN 1987A, says this: “The star is 163,000 light-years away [Read More...]

Paul Mythicism?

There certainly are those Jesus mythicists who would also deny that there was a historical Paul. But for many mythicists, perhaps the majority, the historicity of Paul and the authenticity of Paul’s letters is in fact important to their argument, since their case for mythicism focuses much attention on what Paul allegedly did not say [Read More...]

Pete Enns, The Evolution of Adam: Part 2

As part of the blog tour about Pete Enns’ book The Evolution of Adam: What the Bible Does and Doesn’t Say about Human Origins, I previously blogged about the introduction and part 1. Now I turn to part 2, which focuses on the figure of Adam in Paul’s writings and theology. In part two, Enns [Read More...]

Pete Enns, The Evolution of Adam: Introduction

Exploring Our Matrix is one of several blogs that is participating in the Pete Enns blog tour, which means this week we will be reviewing Peter Enns, The Evolution of Adam: What the Bible Does and Doesn’t Say about Human Origins (Grand Rapids: Brazos, 2012). Visit the blog tour hub page to find out which other [Read More...]

Paul Was Not A Biblicist

Biblicism - the view that one should adhere strictly to what the Bible says, word for word and letter for letter – is the stance adopted (at least theoretically) by many Christians today. It was not the stance of the apostle Paul. Isaiah 59:20 says “”The Redeemer will come to Zion, to those in Jacob who [Read More...]

Pete Enns on the Evolution of Adam

I’ll be participating in the upcoming blog tour about Pete Enns’ book The Evolution of Adam: What the Bible Does and Doesn’t Say about Human Origins. As a foretaste, here is the author saying a little about the book and why he wrote it. [Read more...]

The Key Difference Between Paul and America’s Pseudo-Christians

Another verse that I highlighted in Romans 9 in my Sunday school class this past week is Paul’s statement in 9:3: For I could wish that I myself were accursed and cut off from Christ for the sake of my brothers, my kinsmen according to the flesh. There seems to me to be a huge, stark difference between what [Read More...]


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