Gut reaction to Pope’s resignation: I don’t care

When I heard the Pope was resigning, my first thought was, “I didn’t know they could do that.” Apparently they can, it just hasn’t happened in 600 years. People are wondering what this could mean, but personally I suspect that all it means is that the Church figured out the “Pope until you die” thing [Read More…]

Bart Ehrman reads the Pope’s new book

Last week, I explained why the Pope saying the date of Jesus’ birth is not news. Now, Bart Ehrman reads the book and says it “provides an intelligent, very pious, and not very critical pastoral and soothing interpretation of the accounts of Jesus’ birth in Matthew and Luke.” The details are pretty much what I [Read More…]

Does this cartoon offend you?

Last week, I managed to greatly upset a Catholic acquaintance from grad school by posting this picture (it’s one I’ve seen before, but haven’t been able to track down the source on): [Read more…]

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…]