More Memes

In response to my sharing of those “Bro, do you even…?” meme images with Biblical scholars earlier today, some people on Facebook decided to make some more. Here’s what I’ve seen so far: The first three are by Daniel McClellan, and the last one is by David Meadows. [Read more...]

Skepticism, Science, and Scholarship

P. Z. Myers has seen the dark side of skepticism, the fact that its tools can be applied not just to fringe bunk but to anything and everything. And so he has written in an effort to distinguish science and skepticism. Here is an excerpt from his recent post on the topic: A short while [Read More...]

I Am Biased

In an interview that Richard Carrier gave on the show Inspiring Doubt, Carrier said that I am a great example of bias. He is, of course, correct. Let’s take Christianity, for instance. I grew up in a country where Christianity predominates. I grew up in a family in which I was raised in one of [Read More...]

Historical Jesus Lectures

I previously shared a selection of YouTube videos of lectures about the historical figure of Jesus, but one of them has since disappeared, and several more have come to my attention. And since a friend asked about videos and podcasts, I thought I would share a collection of some more such useful videos. Click on [Read More...]

How High is Kyrios Christology?

Nijay Gupta has offered a reply on his blog to my post which was critical of his claim that, since Jesus is referred to as “lord” in the New Testament, and “lord” could be used to refer to God, therefore Jesus was being identified with God. My complaint was, in the first instance, about the [Read More...]

Galileo was Wrong (Richard Carrier and Arguing from Consensus)

Richard Carrier has posted on arguments from consensus on his blog. It is, like most of his posts, unnecessarily long to make the point that it seeks to. Carrier suggests that laypeople can and should evaluate the arguments of experts, even with respect to the consensus. That seems to me strikingly odd – if laypeople [Read More...]

Problematic Papyri

Brice Jones has brought to light some disturbing news about the alleged first century fragment of the Gospel of Mark that we’ve been waiting to hear more about after tantalizing references to it were made some years ago. It seems to be connected not just with the Green Collection but also with Josh McDowell. Given [Read More...]

cuneiformdating.com

From Viz magazine, via Matthew Morgenstern. I know some of you who are reading this will be very disappointed that this isn't a real thing…   [Read more...]

Random Acts of Evangelism

This image came my way on Facebook. I know from experience the look on the faces of people who came to my door and tried to start a conversation with me about their faith by asking if I ever read the Bible, and I responded by mentioning that my PhD was on the Gospel of [Read More...]

The Experts Can Be Wrong

The inanity of the frequent refrain of peddlers of pseudoscience and pseudoscholarship that “Even the experts can be wrong” is perhaps best illustrated be comparison with expertise in another domain. Even professional musicians can play wrong notes. But that doesn’t make all players of instruments equal, nor does it make it equally or more likely [Read More...]

Verbatim Memory, Orality, and the Historical Jesus

Judy Redman has been offering a wonderful series on memory and the historical Jesus. In the most recent post, part 4, Judy wrote the following about verbatim memory: In addition, having been quite pessimistic about our ability to prove the authenticity of any Jesus tradition or to have the actual words of Jesus, both here [Read More...]


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