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…]

Revelation 8-9: A Bitter Pill to Swallow

Today in my Sunday school class we tackled chapters 8-9 of Revelation, featuring the seven trumpets. We discussed the attempts of some futurist interpreters to see in the locusts Russian attack helicopters capable of launching nuclear missiles, or in Wormwood the Chernobyl disaster (Chernobyl means “Wormwood” in Ukrainian). The biggest problem with that approach is [Read More…]

A Mathematical Review of Proving History by Richard Carrier

Regular commenter Ian has posted a review of Richard Carrier’s recent book, focused on the use of Bayes’ Theorem. It can be found on his blog Irreducible Complexity. [Read more…]

May The Faith Be With You

IO9 has previously shared examples of religious statues and iconography being transformed into superheroes, and when I’ve seen them I’ve shared some of them here. Today, IO9 shared samples of what an artist has done with statues and imagery of the Virgin Mary. Below are a couple of them. Click through to see more.    [Read More…]

Matthew West – Forgiveness

Christian music often gets a bad rap – but it is not as though there isn't just as much bad, superficial, and corny music around just generally. Indeed, the tribalism that segregates “Christian music” from the rest of music (which by most definitions includes some “Christian music”) involves some artificial segregation, and this was the [Read More…]

Happy Anniversary, Star Trek!

I wasn’t about to let the day end without wishing Star Trek a happy 46th anniversary. Presumably everyone saw the Google doodle for the occasion. In other news, the next Star Trek movie is going to be called Star Trek Into Darkness. [Read more…]