Demolishing and Reconstructing the Burial of Jesus (and Christianity Itself)

Sam Alexander has posted a review of my book The Burial of Jesus on his blog {Take and Read}. It is appreciative and yet asks some important questions, most pointedly, what comes after the sort of historical-critical demolition of widely held views, and of certainty in general. What, in short, should Christianity look like in [Read More...]

This Life Matters

Religion that focuses entirely on an afterlife is at best Gnosticism and at worst nonsense. Which is fine if you are happy being in one or both of those categories. But if not, then here are some things to think about. As I emphasize in my book The Burial of Jesus, the doctrine of the [Read More...]

Doctor Who: Tomb of the Cybermen

“Tomb of the Cybermen” was the first Doctor Who episode to feature the cybermats that made a reappearance season 6 episode “Closing Time.” The episode has the Doctor, Jamie and Victoria arrive on the planet Telos, where an expedition from Earth has recently arrived, allegedly to do an archaeological investigation into why the Cybermen vanished. [Read More...]

Is Modern Christianity Too Egotistically Focused on the Afterlife?

I will be blogging over the coming days and weeks about many of the topics that I touch on in my book, The Burial of Jesus: What Does History Have to Do with Faith?, which is now for sale at for just $2.99. One of the topics I address is the focus (some might [Read More...]

The Burial of Jesus: Second Edition Published!

I am happy to finally be able to announce that the second edition of my book The Burial of Jesus: What Does History Have to Do with Faith? has now been released by Patheos Press and is now available for purchase in Kindle format on Versions in Nook and iBooks format are planned for [Read More...]

Torchwood: Dead Man Walking

As I continue to watch through Torchwood, I am struck by how much this darker, raunchier, more pessimistic spin-off of Doctor Who focuses on religious themes, imagery, stories and symbols. In this episode, “Dead Man Walking,” we learn that a church had been built on top of a site where a resurrection glove had been [Read More...]

Neil Godfrey on Paul-Louis Couchoud

Paul-Louis Couchoud has something in common with other mythicists: he was not a historian. But Couchoud also has something in common with the kinds of mythicists that could, at one point, be taken seriously: he died more than half a century ago. He thus formulated his ideas and wrote about them before the Dead Sea [Read More...]


Another religion and sci-fi art mash-up gem from Jeff Carter. He added the following text at the bottom: And after eight days again his disciples were within, and E.T. was with them; then came Jesus, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst, and said Peace be unto you. Then saith he to E.T., Reach hither [Read More...]

Cylon Resurrection and More from the Last Day #AARSBL #SBLAAR

If you didn’t get a copy of Religion and Science Fiction at AAR/SBL, one of the people you can blame is Jim Linville, who apparently was one of those who snatched up a copy. But when it inspired him to make this LOLcat image, I don’t think anyone can be mad at him, or indeed [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...]

Torchwood: They Keep Killing Suzie (Resurrection Days Are Over)

“They Keep Killing Suzie” is quite possibly my favorite episode of Torchwood so far. Certainly for someone interested in the intersection of religion and science fiction, it gives a lot to talk about. We first meet Suzie in the pilot episode, and it is there that the resurrection gauntlet is introduced as well. In that [Read More...]