Responding to Richard Carrier’s Response to Bart Ehrman

I linked previously to Bart Ehrman’s piece on whether Jesus existed in The Huffington Post. A response has been written by Richard Carrier (also discussed by Tom Verenna and Neil Godfrey), and I want here to point out some problems with that response. Let me begin by emphasizing that when scholars write op-ed pieces for [Read More…]

The Talpiot Tomb Jumps the Tropical Fish

Here’s the latest round-up on the Talpiot tomb discussion in the blogosphere. The title of this post comes from a post by Bob Cargill which responds to the suggestion that the “fish” on one of the Talpiot ossuaries is inspired by a tropical fish. It includes this image which treats the logic of that claim [Read More…]

…Why Is There Still Dust?

Inspired by a comment shared on Jerry Coyne’s blog. Presumably most will grasp that this is satire of the foolish question sometimes asked by opponents of mainstream science, “If humans evolved from monkeys, then why are there still monkeys?” Obviously the same ridiculous question could be asked of young-earth creationists and anyone else who takes [Read More…]

Why is the Futurist Interpretation of Revelation so Popular?

Last Sunday in my Sunday school class, we continued to explore general and introductory topics related to the Book of Revelation, which we’re planning on studying over the course of the next several months. A question I posed is why, in view of the evidence to the contrary in the Book of Revelation itself, the [Read More…]

Are the Bible and the Qur’an like TRON?

This image has been circulating on Reddit and elsewhere: I think it is an interesting comparison to think about – as one who has blogged on more than one occasion about the relationship between religion and both the original Tron movie and the sequel Tron: Legacy. On the one hand, it certainly is mistaken to [Read More…]

What is the Best Post on Exploring Our Matrix?

Another Patheos blogger asked us to share our best posts from our blogs. I honestly don’t know which one(s) I would pick. When you have been blogging as long as I have, and as often as I have, posts from several years ago can be a dim memory. So I thought I would ask regular [Read More…]

Round-Up: Talpiot Tomb and James Ossuary Latest

Here’s my round-up combining the latest from the blogosphere on two key archaeological topics that are featuring prominently in news and blogs: the Talpiot tombs and their ossuaries, and the conclusion of the James ossuary forgery trial. James Tabor makes an attempt at satire, but I don’t think it works very well. He also draws [Read More…]

Demolishing and Reconstructing the Burial of Jesus (and Christianity Itself)

Sam Alexander has posted a review of my book The Burial of Jesus on his blog {Take and Read}. It is appreciative and yet asks some important questions, most pointedly, what comes after the sort of historical-critical demolition of widely held views, and of certainty in general. What, in short, should Christianity look like in [Read More…]

The Burial of Jesus in Nook Format

Having been available for some time for Kindle, I just noticed today that the version of my book The Burial of Jesus: What Does History Have to Do with Faith? is available for Nook, at the same low price of $2.99. [Read more…]

Verdict in the James Ossuary Trial: Not Guilty on All Counts

The news is circulating that the judge in the James ossuary forgery case found the defendants Oded Golan and Robert Deutsch not guilty. Do note the nature of this conclusion. It is not a scientific, archaeological or epigraphic assessment of the authenticity of inauthenticity of the ossuary or some or all of the inscription on [Read More…]


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