Maurice Casey responds to Thomas Thompson

James Tabor wrongly refers to an “all-out war among the experts” regarding the question “Did Jesus exist?” At present, the only person who can be considered an expert in New Testament in any sense, and who has disputed the existence of a historical Jesus in academic publications, is Robert M. Price. He teaches at an [Read More…]

I Don’t Understand Jim West

There are plenty of things that I do understand about Jim West. He has no feelings – I know this because after I made a jibe at him, he told me himself, “If I had feelings they’d be hurt.” And so really what I’m saying is that I understand that he has a sharp wit, [Read More…]

Review of Richard C. Carrier, Proving History

I am delighted to have been given the opportunity to review Richard Carrier’s latest book, Proving History: Bayes’s Theorem and the Quest for the Historical Jesus. I am grateful to Prometheus Books for sending me a free review copy. Carrier emphasizes from the outset that this is the first of two books, the second of [Read More…]

Approaching Scripture as Jesus Did

Morgan Guyton has an excellent post on what should be the Christian approach to Scripture, namely approaching it as Jesus himself approached it. And so he takes Jesus’ Sabbath healing, and his principle that “the Sabbath was made for human beings, and not human beings for the Sabbath” as a criterion by which to evaluate [Read More…]

Even Fred Phelps is not Completely Useless

From the post “Fred Phelps: Why it is not possible to believe that you ate Chick-fil-A because of ‘freedom of speech’” on the blog Slacktivist. Poster courtesy of “Christians Against the Tea Party” on Facebook. [Read more…]

Power

Power has been restored! I express gratitude on behalf of my family and my neighborhood to the hard-working folks from the Indianapolis Power and Light Company and other contractors they brought in. Here is a song in honor of the occasion: Blogging will be back to normal soon. [Read more…]

Excuse of the Day

While my excuse for most things today will be the fact that I am still without electricity at home, most of the rest of the world has an even better excuse they can use, as illustrated in this comic from XKCD: HT Jerry Coyne   [Read more…]

Doctor Who: The Mind of Evil

This Doctor Who episode from the Jon Pertwee era, “The Mind of Evil,” offers interesting explorations of religious themes, as well as some intriguing connections with (or perhaps disconnects from) more recent episodes. The Doctor and Jo Grant go to see a demonstration at a prison of a device called the Keller Machine, which supposedly [Read More…]

Curiosity

I hope that everyone in the world is aware that the NASA Mars rover Curiosity is due to reach Mars in a matter of hours. I am writing this in a brief visit to my office at work, having no electricity at home, and thus no internet. Hopefully I will get back here sometime tomorrow [Read More…]

Arguing for Jesus

A Facebook conversation (if one can call it that) in which I recently became embroiled reminds me of how I used to approach discussions with those who disagreed with me. It was OK to lump my opponents with the worst behavior among those who agreed with them, but any attempt to reverse that logic was [Read More…]


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