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...]

Dynamic Duo

I recently learned that two scholars who happen to be married both have useful websites with interesting stuff on them. Ingie Hovland is a cultural anthropologist who studies Christianity. Her website includes her blog God is in the Details, as well as book excerpts and other interesting things. Her husband Wayne Coppins is a religion [Read More...]

Ridiculous Hype (but for a series genuinely worth watching)

Scott Bailey shared¬†the promotional video for the upcoming series on the History Channel, Bible Secrets Revealed, on YouTube. I do not think that it will change your mind about¬†everything you think about the Bible. But they really did interview some of the world’s leading scholars – and also me! [Read more...]

Historical Jesus, Mythicism, and Miracles around the Blogosphere

Hemant Mehta explains his view on the historical Jesus, miracles, and what the implications are for atheism: Interestingly, even Neil Godfrey agrees with Mehta on one point, that if you aren’t an expert in the field of historical Jesus studies, then it is better to be agnostic about it rather than hold firmly to a [Read More...]

Pauline Authorship: Visualizing the BNTC Survey Numbers

Dan Wilkinson was not entirely happy with just the numbers provided in Paul Foster's article, from which I shared some statistics in a previous post. So he made this:   There are exceptions and unusual viewpoints. I know someone who doubts Paul wrote Galatians. If he had been there, the chart would have an outlier. [Read More...]


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