Was the Historical Jesus on Facebook?

A piece of news has been getting attention today, about a study of classic myths, some of which we know from archaeological evidence were based on real people or events. The study suggests that the degree to which the relationships in the story mirror real ones – including those one can observe today in social [Read More…]

Live Discussion with Tim Stafford

There will be a live discussion here at Patheos from 2-3pm Eastern Time, with Tim Stafford, about his book Miracles: A Journalist Looks at Modern Day Experiences of God’s Power. I reviewed the book on my blog a few days ago. Click through to join the discussion! [Read more…]

This Is What I Think Prophecy Sounds Like

It is hard to get a sense of what the prophets of ancient Israel might have sounded like or seemed like when delivering their messages. Scholars often make comparisons to poets. The above video seems to me to catch something of their spirit in an actual live poetic performance in the present day – the [Read More…]

Review of Os Guinness, A Free People’s Suicide

I am grateful to have been given the opportunity to participate in the Patheos Book Club discussion of Os Guinness’ book A Free People’s Suicide: Sustainable Freedom and the American Future (Downers Grove: InterVarsity Press, 2012). The book raises many important issues, and a vibrant challenge to Americans to not allow our republic to go [Read More…]

American Christianity’s Blind Spot

The folks in the Facebook group “Christians Against the Tea Party” have made a quote from a recent blog post of mine into a poster once again. I am not used to this! [Read more…]

“Folks Haven’t Been Reading Their Bibles” – Barack Obama on Religion and Public Policy

  Someone made the above quote from then senator Barack Obama into a poster. It illustrates what those who are intimately acquainted with the Bible and its interpretation see clearly, but religious fundamentalists less familiar with their own Scriptures often miss, namely that it is not at all straightforward to derive a clear set of [Read More…]

Enforcing the Ten Commandments

I often discuss the unenforceability of the tenth commandment (comparing it to the signs one used to see around New York, which say “Don’t even THINK of parking here.” Now, via Joel Watts, I have this cartoon to offer as an illustration. [Read more…]

Rick Warren Needs ContextBot

XKCD has what Rick Warren and many others need…   [Read more…]

Will Time-Travelers Ruin the Passion?

  It is a scenario that some science fiction stories have explored – Gary Kilworth's “Let's Go To Golgotha!” and Michael Moorcock's “Behold The Man” come immediately to mind. Even I have a story involving time travel to first century Judaea that I would love to write. But even if you haven't read such stories, [Read More…]

Mike Huckabee and America’s Sin Problem

On his talk show, Mike Huckabee had the following to say about the shooting in Aurora, Colorado (that link goes to the Fox video; there are excerpts in print here): Ultimately, We don’t have a crime problem or a gun problem – or even a violence problem. What we have is a sin problem. And since [Read More…]


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