Oy Vey, Christian Soldiers

I am sharing a link to Maud Newton’s recent piece in the New York Times Magazine, not only because I am quoted in it, but because its subject matter is interesting – the move of Christian fundamentalism from anti-Judaism to something that at least looks rather different. Before you ask, yes, I’m disappointed that she got [Read More…]

Every Scripture God Breathed?

A question about 2 Timothy 3:16 from a commenter inspired (pun intended) me to think about the text in a different light. One possible background for the rare term θεόπνευστος (theopneustos), sometimes rendered as “God-breathed,” is the story in Genesis 2, in which God breathes the breath of life into the human being he has made, [Read More…]

Happy Passover!

To those who celebrate it, I wish you a Happy Passover! חַג שָׂמֵחַ HT Bob Cargill for the video. And here are a couple of cartoon for the occasion as well:   [Read more…]

God vs. Science?

I want to quote David Hayward’s helpful comments about today’s cartoon before sharing the cartoon, since, as David himself emphasizes, the cartoon depicts a misconception and not the way he thinks things ought to be viewed: This cartoon was inspired by Neil Tyson’s famous quote: “God is an ever-receding pocket of scientific ignorance that’s getting [Read More…]

Runaway Sheep

Here’s the latest cartoon from David Hayward: [Read more…]

The Church Today

The latest cartoon from David Hayward suggests that it is less like tending sheep and more like herding cats. Do you agree? Or does it very much depend on which church one has in mind? [Read more…]

The King James Version: Better Than The Originals?

Stuff Fundies Like shared the above image. At first I thought it must be satire. But apparently not…   [Read more…]

Scholars in Videos

There are several instances of scholars giving talks that have come to my attention in recent days, and they seemed worthy of a round-up. First, Anthony Le Donne shared a video with a talk by David Brakke about Valentinian cosmology: Matthew Montonini shared videos of the famous New Testament scholar Raymond Brown. This is just [Read More…]

Review of Candida Moss, The Myth of Persecution

I am delighted to have been given the opportunity to participate in a blog tour organized by TLC, focused on Candida Moss' book The Myth of Persecution: How Early Christians Invented a Story of Martyrdom. Moss' book begins with modern perspectives on persecution and martyrdom, including examples which have made international news, and then turns [Read More…]

Young-Earth Creationism vs. the Plain Meaning of the Creation Stories

Having recently addressed a number of points of incompatibility between young-earth creationism and Christianity as most Christians understand it and have understood it down the ages, I was asked if I could address the common young-earth creationist objection that  “No one simply reading what the words clearly say would EVER suppose God/Moses were describing a development [Read More…]