Paul’s Rhetoric and Rhetorical Questions

A friend of mine has begun looking into the subject of rhetorical questions in Paul’s letters. He is interested in both the background in ancient rhetoric – might Paul have been familiar with what earlier rhetoricians had said on the subject – and in what is involved in translating such rhetorical questions when translating the [Read More...]

Mythicism Miscellanies

Here are a few posts relevant to mythicism from around the blogosphere. From Tom Verenna, two posts on “Defining Mythicism,” one of which addresses the appeal to Galatians 1 as though Paul’s words there give a clear indication one way or the other about Jesus’ historicity, while the other post emphasizes that an all-or-nothing approach [Read More...]

Mythicism and Paul’s Claims to Supernatural Revelation

Mythicists regularly claim (as one commenter on this blog recently did) regarding Paul that “Our earliest Christian source claimed to have learned nothing from the Christians who came before him.  He claimed to know what he knew by divine revelation.” Since the subject has come up once again, in the same form in which it [Read More...]

Is Sin a Hardware Problem, a Software Problem, or Both?

One skill all educators need to cultivate is the ability to segue from where a conversation may be to where you need it to go. In my Sunday school class last Sunday, we were up to Romans 7, and the casual conversation before we began was about a computer in the church that had stopped [Read More...]

Richard Carrier on Crucified Messiahs

As someone who has appreciated things that he has written in the past, I have kept hoping that Richard Carrier might eventually come around, see the folly of getting bogged down in that realm of nonsense known as mythicism, and return to the rigor and attention to detail expected in mainstream historical critical scholarship. If [Read More...]

Conference: Beyond Old and New Perspectives on Paul

Chris Tilling shared the news that a New Testament conference will be held at King’s College in London in December. It will focus on Douglas Campbell’s The Deliverance of God and you can find more information on the conference blog. [Read more...]

P. N. Harrison, The problem of the Pastoral Epistles

I just discovered that P. N. Harrison’s 1921 book The problem of the Pastoral Epistles is available for free from the Internet Archive. While plenty of more recent works treat the arguments against Pauline authorship perfectly well, they lack one thing that Harrison’s book has: charts graphing the differences between the Pastorals and other letters [Read More...]

James D. G. Dunn on Adamic Christology in Philippians 2:6-11

The possibility of a comparison between Jesus and Adam in Philippians 2:6-11 has been one of the major talking points in discussions of Pauline Christology over the past three decades. Since at least one major proponent of mythicism somehow managed to miss this entirely while allegedly doing research into early Christianity, I am sharing links [Read More...]

Evangelical Perspectives on the New Perspective on Paul

A couple of other bloggers have had some interesting things to say about the new perspective on Paul, from an Evangelical perspective. Mike Bird is up to part 2 in a series entitled “After the New Perspective.” Tim Gombis has a post on the willingness of Evangelical opponents of the new perspective to abandon their [Read More...]

Debunking Christianity Debunking Mythicism

I hope to return to blogging about mythicism soon. In the mean time, I can share that the atheist blog Debunking Christianity has once again turned its attention to mythicism, that infamous source of embarrassment for atheists and freethinkers. Take a look at what Tommy Baker has to say over there, and then either leave a comment [Read More...]

Conversations Around the Blogosphere

Here are some links to posts either directly responding to, or simply on the same topic as, recent posts here at Exploring Our Matrix. Daniel Kirk, Brian LePort, Joel Watts and Tom Verenna chime in on the Shema and Pauline monotheism. Tom also explains why he is no longer a “mythicist.” More people have joined [Read More...]


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