Fundamentalists Lacking Conviction

Robin Parry has a post on the blog Running Heads entitled “Fundamentalists – Have the Courage of Your Convictions.” In it he writes, I wonder why fundamentalists are so keen to believe in a literal seven-day creation and yet do not campaign against space flight (in case someone crashes into the sky-dome and cracks it) [Read More…]

Doctor Who: Inferno

The Doctor Who episode “Inferno” from the Jon Pertwee era is one of the few where the Doctor, rather than going backwards or forwards in time, slips sideways into a parallel universe. The episode thus features the interesting scenario of the Doctor trying to prevent a catastrophe in his own universe, seeing events unfold in [Read More…]

Biblical Pun of the Day

HT Jim West [Read more…]

Quote of the Day (Fred Clark)

Fred Clark has a post on his blog focused on the requirement to accept Gentiles communicated in Acts 10-11, as God is described as expanding his people to include those previously excluded. In that connection he writes: I believe that denying LGBT people full legal equality is objectively immoral. I believe that excluding LGBT people [Read More…]

Richard Carrier Responds

Richard Carrier has posted a response to my review of his book, Proving History. I'm not sure that there is anything that needs to be said by me in response, since he clearly is hedging on whether the earliest Jewish Christians thought that Jesus was a God, accepts what is perhaps the clearest example of [Read More…]

Stuff Mythicists Say: “Q Was Real, Jesus Wasn’t”

Mythicists say a lot of ludicrous things, and perhaps it would be useful to highlight some of the more astonishing and laughable ones from time to time. Mythicists like Earl Doherty will accept the existence of Q – a hypothetical source the existence of which is deduced from the common material shared between Matthew and [Read More…]

The Mandaean Book of John – Hacked!

As Steve Caruso and Jim West have mentioned on their blogs, a hacker has brought down GoDaddy sites, including RogueLeaf which is where we have been posting chapters of our English translation of the Mandaean Book of John as we completed them. The plan has always been to move them elsewhere once everything was ready, [Read More…]

Sheol Identified

Scholars and laypeople have engaged in significant debate about the precise meaning of the word/name “Sheol” in the Bible. At times it seems to be an underworld, at times simply the grave, and at times perhaps something else. A student in my class on the Bible has actually solved the mystery and come up with [Read More…]

The Bible vs. Systematic Theology

If the purpose of the Bible were that we derive from it a systematic theology, you would think that we would have simply been provided with that systematic theology…   [Read more…]

Was Jesus a Jewish Liberal or a Liberal Jew?

I shared an image that came to my attention on Facebook, simply writing “Discuss” above it. People did so, fervently, in surprisingly large numbers. Here is the image: I would indeed be interested in discussion. But first, I noted that sometimes people make a distinction between a “Christian Liberal” and a “Liberal Christian,” and so [Read More…]