The Pope saying the date of Jesus’ birth was miscalculated is not news

I have no idea why this story is being treated as a big deal. Okay, I know: most journalists know hardly anything about Biblical scholarship, so when the Pope says our calendar gets the date of Jesus’ birth wrong, they fail to think, “Oh, scholars have known this for a long time, and because neither [Read More...]

The Gospel of Angry Jesus (Bible tweets)

Previously in the series: Genesis and Exodus, Leviticus through Deuteronomy, Joshua through Psalms, Proverbs through Song of Songs, Isaiah through Ezekiel, Daniel through Malachi, Matthew. [Read more...]

The parable of the insane king, and other strangeness in the Book of Matthew (Bible tweets)

Previously in the series: Genesis and Exodus, Leviticus through Deuteronomy, Joshua through Psalms, Proverbs through Song of Songs, Isaiah through Ezekiel, Daniel through Malachi. [Read more...]

Stedman’s line about “singling out the religious lives of others”

There are just a couple points I want to address in this response to Zach Alexander’s review of Faitheist (which I’ve already commented on). First, Vlad suggests that I read Zach’s review in place of reading the book, which isn’t true. I had already tentatively decided not to read it based on the excerpts, because it felt [Read More...]

Sunday links: “New Atheism,” Iron Man 3, and more

Consider this an open thread to talk amongst yourselves, ask me questions, whatever. A fascinating look at how a 2003 history textbook portrayed the “War on Terror.” Russell Blackford looks at what the “New Atheists” really said in their books. Iron Man 3 looks like it’s going to be awesome. Yvain writes: “The Swerve by Steven [Read More...]

I’m a liberal

This is a post I keep meaning to write, but keep putting off writing because it isn’t tied to any particular events and therefore isn’t time-sensitive. But increasingly, I’m finding I wish I had it written and out there so I can refer back to it in other posts more narrowly focused on particular events [Read More...]

On the Ugandan “kill the gays” bill and attempts to make Leviticus gay-friendly

So there’s been reports that the infamous Ugandan “kill the gays” bill might finally, horrifyingly, pass. It’s not clear what will actually happen, since the BBC report suggests only the part outlawing “promotion” of homosexuality will pass, not the actual “kill the gays” part, and Wikipedia suggests the Ugandan president may veto the bill. But [Read More...]

Bible tweets: the rest of the Old Testament

Previously in the series: Genesis and Exodus, Leviticus through Deuteronomy, Joshua through Psalms, Proverbs through Song of Songs, Isaiah through Ezekiel. [Read more...]

Zach Alexander’s review of Faitheist

On Twitter, I mentioned that this review by Zach Alexander of Chris Stedman’s book Faitheist “has me thoroughly convinced not to read it.” Zach tweeted back asking, “did you at least agree with the more positive sections?” and I’ve decided to go ahead and give a blogpost-length reply. [Read more...]


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