Hebrew Fail in Left Behind II (and what it says about today’s End-Times Christianity)

Fred Clark shared an image from the movie Left Behind II: Tribulation Force, a movie that he has been blogging about (and highlighting the problems and the shortcomings of). I share it because it illustrates well a problem with the approach to the Bible reflected in the Left Behind series and the view of the [Read More…]

Does Reading the Bible Lead to Atheism? Does Losing Faith Save one from Fundamentalism?

Hemant Mehta shared this cartoon about the year after the “Year of the Bible” in Pennsylvania: Reading the Bible can indeed lead to people losing their faith, if their faith was placed in the Bible, which they believed to be inerrant. But that is only a natural (or perhaps nearly inevitable) outcome if one has [Read More…]

Was Thaddaeus Jesus’ Original Drummer, or his Secretary of Housing and Urban Development?

In my historical Jesus class yesterday, one of the topics was the twelve apostles. When the fact came up that there are discrepancies between the names listed in various Gospels, I suggested that one explanation might be comparable to the bands many of us love, but from which we can name the lead singer and [Read More…]

Today’s Round-Up of Talpiot Tomb Posts

Here are key posts around the blogosphere today related to the Talpiot tombs. James Tabor posted on his own blog about the names in the tombs, and both there and on the ASOR blog about the imagery of a fish (or something else) on one of the ossuaries. Mark Goodacre explains that the idea of [Read More…]

Abnormally Interesting Biblical Studies Carnival

Duane Smith has posted an abnormally interesting Biblical Studies Carnival, with a round-up of abnormally interesting posts about Biblical studies from last month, on his blog Abnormal Interests. [Read more…]

Is the New Testament Evidence Compatible with Jesus having been Buried in Talpiot?

Many news outlets and blogs are talking about the second first-century tomb in Talpiot that James Tabor and Simcha Jacobovici have investigated and written about in The Jesus Discovery. Having recently discussed the subject of Jesus’ burial in my book The Burial of Jesus: What Does History Have to Do with Faith?, I have my own [Read More…]

Creationism vs. the Virginal Conception

From Unreasonable Faith [Read more…]

Early Information about and Initial Reactions to The Jesus Discovery

Several blogs and other online venues have more information about the book The Jesus Discovery and what it is that that book has to say about possibly Christian ossuaries found in the Talpiot neighborhood of Jerusalem, near the “Talpiot Tomb” that made headlines a few years ago. Let me mention a few of them: James [Read More…]

Biblicism in a Single Image

David Hayward has created yet another excellent cartoon: The irony, of course, is that many Biblicists will not get this, because they cannot envisage a distinction between what God or Jesus says on the one hand, and the Bible on the other. [Read more…]

Does the Earth Rotate? Check Out What REAL Biblical Literalism Looks Like

This video has everything one would expect from pseudoscientific charlatans like Ken Ham and his ilk. Appeal to the Bible as the ultimate authority on all matters, emphasis that if the Bible is wrong about one thing then it could be wrong about others, scientific misinformation, denunciation of what scientists claim and demand people without [Read More…]