Problem with Wikipedia article on the Book of Acts

Some time ago, someone recommended I read the Wikipedia article “Historical reliability of the Acts of the Apostles.” Taking a look at it, it was immediately obvious that the article had issues, to say the least. Among other things, an early paragraph had a sentence referring to a “Christian view,” which gave it the feel [Read More...]

The Bible commands slavery

It’s widely known that the Bible contains many passages which seem to implicitly condone slavery. For example, Exodus 21, which gives various rules for slavery including the rule that Hebrew slaves are to be freed after six years, or the infamous law from Leviticus that says you can only own foreigners as slaves. Then there [Read More...]

Bible tweets: Joshua through Pslams

The number of tweets/chapter is much lower here, because honestly the Bible gets boring after the Torah. Yeah, there’s lots of juicy violence, but it’s not even all that shocking once you’ve read the Torah, since it’s really just carrying out the commands to commit genocide found in those earlier books. [Read more...]

From the archives: Why atheists don’t think the Bible is historically reliable

Now that I’m at Patheos, I expect there will be quite a few readers of Patheos blogs coming to my blog, totally unfamiliar with previous incarnations of The Uncredible Hallq. So I’m going to link to some of my old posts, as part of the extended get-to-know-you process here. Today’s piece: Why atheists don’t think [Read More...]

Moses’ bronze snake

One thing I noticed while tweeting my way through the Bible was this strange little story of Moses’ bronze snake in Numbers 21:4-9: [Read more...]

Currently reading: The Bible Unearthed

Hopefully I’ll have a full review later, but I want everyone to know that I’m currently about halfway through the book The Bible Unearthed by Neil Asher Silberman and Israel Finkelstein. I decided to pick it up after seeing it recommended by Richard Carrier as doing for the Old Testament (mainly just Genesis through 2 [Read More...]

Tweeting my way through the Bible: Leviticus through Deuteronomy

Here’s my second crop of Bible tweets. The first installment was here, along with my explanation of the project.  [Read more...]

Tweeting my way through the Bible: Genesis and Exodus

One reason to follow me on Twitter is that I’m currently in the process of Tweeting my way through the Bible. The idea for the project came to me when a friend from high school complained about me posting anti-religious stuff on Facebook. This made me wonder: what would he think if I started posting [Read More...]

The authors of the Old Testament were the Pat Robertsons of their day

I’m currently tweeting my way through the Bible. I’m currently in 2 Kings, which includes this lovely bit: “The Lord has decreed a famine in the land that will last seven years.” Gee, what does that remind me of… [Read more...]


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