Possibly the Most Interesting Pact With the Devil

Rick Perry has apparently made some bizarrely critical comments about the separation of church and state. That separation is the separation that the forerunners of modern Evangelicals, including the Baptists in particular, struggled for and advocated. It is the one that is surely responsible for the fact that religion is a vibrant part of American [Read More…]

Apocalypse Rescheduled

From the Bizarro comic series By Dan Piraro [Read more…]

BibleWorks 9 and the Gospel of Jesus’ Wife

Today a wonderful opportunity to continue illustrating more features of BibleWorks 9 has presented itself. With the issuing of Francis Watson’s pdf arguing that the “Gospel of Jesus’ Wife” is a fake, the seemingly unparalleled line 6 stands out amid other lines for which Watson claims to have found possible sources of derivation, even if [Read More…]

The Most Interesting Gospel about Jesus’ Wife in the World?

Steve Douglas kindly made and shared this image: The words are something I said in my previous blog post, in response to Francis Watson’s claim that various phrases show dependence on other Gospels. There are a great many phrases one will encounter in a language which will only seem derivative of a specific other text [Read More…]

Is the Gospel of Jesus’ Wife a Fake?

Let me start with the news that Mark Goodacre shared a pdf of an article written by Francis Watson, arguing that the recently-found Coptic papyrus that has been dubbed the “Gospel of Jesus’ Wife” is a fake. He followed that up with a second shorter pdf on the forger’s alleged technique. Some are already pronouncing [Read More…]

Quote of the Day (The Doctor)

“The very powerful and the very stupid have one thing in common. Instead of altering their views to fit the facts, they alter the facts to fit their views…which can be very uncomfortable if you happen to be one of the facts that needs altering.” Uttered by the Fourth Doctor, played by Tom Baker, in [Read More…]

Jesus said, “My wife…” WHAT? How would you fill in the blank?

As readers already know, a small fragment in Coptic that has been making headlines because it includes the words “Jesus said, ‘My wife…’” and then is cut off there. I suggested in my last post, but thought it might be worth separating out in a post of its own, that it would be interesting (and perhaps [Read More…]

3 Jesus’ Wife (With Fill in the Blank at the End)

There’s been even more blogged and discussed about the “Jesus’ wife” Coptic fragment since my last round-up. Most of what I have seen on blogs I read regularly have been wise, balanced, scholarly perspectives. Don Burrows clarifies the difference between absurd media claims and what Karen King and other scholars are saying. Craig Evans offers [Read More…]

John Cleese on the Advantages of Extremism

This video by John Cleese is right on target. HT Carson T. Clark.   [Read more…]

They’re All Starfleet Now

Joel Watts shared a cool Star Trek version of the famous Beatles Abbey Road photo. That led me to the web site of an artist who goes by the nickname “Rabbittooth” who has done a number of photomanipulations to place a very large number of different actors into StarFleet uniforms. I particularly liked these, because [Read More…]


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