Discussion of Mythicism Spreads

The discussion of mythicism that has been taking place mostly here and at Vridar has now spread to at least two discussion boards: Think Atheist and the Freethought and Rationalism Discussion Board. I think I have enough to deal with in terms of the discussion here, but if any readers are members of either site, [Read More…]

A Conservative Religious Viewpoint On Abstinence

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Top 50 Biblical History Blogs

A Blog Of Biblical Proportions has posted a list of the Top 50 Biblical History Blogs. Exploring Our Matrix is #6 on the list – but that’s just because New Testament is first and each group is listed in alphabetical order. If only I had thought to call my blog something about aardvarks…  [Read more…]

It’s Monday But Evolution Sunday’s Coming

Some may have already celebrated Evolution Sunday yesterday, since there is quite a bit of flexibility as to when one tackles the topic. The point of the event is for churches to actually address the subject head on. Most churches and other religious institutions will hold it next weekend. Around the blogs and internet relevant [Read More…]

Mythicist Misunderstanding

I’ve long been perplexed by the frequent complaint from mythicists (i.e. those who claim that Jesus was a purely invented figure, not even based on a real historical human individual) that those working on the historical Jesus simply assume as a presupposition that Jesus existed, rather than addressing the question directly. I think such individuals [Read More…]

Humor in the Blogosphere

Naked Pastor has an interpretation of what might at first glance seem like a pretty straightforward and standard church sign. Polycarp shares posters of feline skepticism. And although it touches on a serious topic, Clayboy’s treatment of the misuse of Greek by preachers deserves to be in this category too, since it explains why preachers [Read More…]

LOST in the Blogosphere

Even Ben Witherington is blogging about LOST. He confidently characterizes the smoke monster as an “evil spirit.” I doubt matters will turn out to be that simple. DocArtz has several items of interest, including a video of the original flight 815 and the new one side by side,and another video in which people who have [Read More…]

Is John 3 Meant To Be A Historically Plausible Narrative?

Should we think that the author of the Gospel of John intended, in the narrative about Jesus’ conversation with Nicodemus, to tell a story which could be treated as an actual story about Jesus during the period of his public ministry? If so, it will shape the way we read it in interesting and unusual [Read More…]

iPad Nano

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ΦBK Theta @ BU

This evening Butler University became to a new chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, Theta of Indiana. One colleague from my department spearheaded the application process, while another was elected to be an officer in the new chapter. I’m a complete outsider to the Greek systems, having studied in the UK, and so it was nice to [Read More…]