Book Review: Richard Bauckham, “Jesus and the Eyewitnesses”

A number of prominent Bible scholars believe that Richard Bauckham's book Jesus and the Eyewitnesses just might be the most important book of New Testament scholarship in many decades--the kind of paradigm-shifting work that will be ignored by most current scholars and only taken up by a new generation, as science advances "one funeral at a time".In a word, the book argues that the Gospels are books of oral history; in other words, that they are based on the direct accounts of specific, … [Read more...]

What Should Abortion Penalties Be?

My fellow Catholic Patheosi Kyle Cupp says that pro-lifers should not be vague about the penalties for abortion that they envisage. This is obviously a fair question to ask.Before I answer the question, I would say a couple things by way of prolegomena.The first is that in the United States, the road to a pro-life policy (even just a pro-life possibility) goes through the overturning of Roe v. Wade. Overturning Roe v. Wade would not mean making abortion illegal, but rather, return the iss … [Read more...]

The Best Defense Is A Good Offense

"My center is giving way, my right is retreating, situation excellent, I am attacking." - Ferdinand Foch In the Roman Empire, when a new Emperor was appointed (or seized power), heralds would fan out on those well-maintained Roman roads and announce it to all the Empire, to all the civilized world. And in the East, where Greek was spoken, this is how they would do it: they would stand up, and they would say: Here is the euangelion, the good news! The world has a new kyrios, a new Lord, Insert N … [Read more...]

Once More On Same-Sex Marriage


Over at The Week, I wrote a post arguing that most Christians will continue to believe that same-sex marriage is wrong, because sexual complementarity is an important part of the faith. My view was not to advocate for a particular position, but rather to argue for pacifying by seeking to explain why most Christians wouldn't give up on it.I just want to point to a couple fair-minded and intelligent responses, and say a few things in response to them--again, more in a spirit of explication th … [Read more...]

A Blueprint For Christian Unity

For all that I fire potshots at Protestantism, I really do believe there is very little that divides us, and very much that Catholicism can and must learn from Protestantism. (See: Why Faithful Catholic Priests Should Be Good Lutherans; Is The Future Of Catholicism Protestantism? I Hope So)The paradox of ecumenism is that as little as there is that divides us, we still find ways to divide ourselves. Can I be crass for a moment? I'm sure some will find that perspective hopelessly pragmatic … [Read more...]