Skeptical of Mythicism

Ron Huggins shared the following on Facebook: The French scholar Charles Guignebert, Professor of Christian History at the Sorbonne in Paris, wrote a very critical book on Jesus in the 1950s. He was far more skeptical of the value of historical data on Jesus than most New Testament scholars liberal or conservative would be today. [Read More…]

Doctor Who: The Lie of the Land

The episode begins with a commercial featuring the Doctor speaking of the monks’ benevolent role throughout history, asking for nothing in return except our obedience. We find out what the latter means when a family of three hears a knock on the door and the mother is arrested for having propaganda that defies the official [Read More…]

PAVONe

Via NASCAS I learned of the following web resource: I am pleased to inform you that [the] Digital humanities Center at the University of Balamand has publicly and successfully launched “PAVONe”, Platform of the Arabic Versions of the New Testament. The following is a general overview of the database : The “About” section: It includes a [Read More…]

SBL Statement on Academic Freedom

The Society of Biblical Literature issued a statement on academic freedom. Here is an excerpt: The Society of Biblical Literature supports academic freedom for scholars in their research, publication, and the broader communication of that research in an international context. This includes the freedom to choose topics and methods and to arrive at controversial results. [Read More…]

The Creation “Museum” vs. the Bible

Ben Stanhope drew the above photo of a display at the Creation Museum to my attention. It is truly illustrative of the character of young-earth creationism. They claim to be all about the Bible, and yet they can’t be bothered to get the Biblical text correct in a display like this one, and don’t know enough about [Read More…]

The Bible is Getting More Loving

The bible is getting more loving as time goes on. Here is the number of times the word “love” appears in different English translations of the bible along with their publication dates: 1611 Authorised Version (KJV) 310 1963 New American Standard Bible 348 1978 New International Version 551 1989 New Revised Standard Version 538 2002 [Read More…]

Doctor Who: The Pyramid at the End of the World

The episode begins with the Secretary General of the UN coming to Bill Potts looking for the president, to which Bill responds that she doesn’t know the president and wouldn’t have voted for him, because he’s orange. On the one hand, I wonder whether future generations will get the reference, while on the other, I [Read More…]

How We Know The Earth Is Not Flat

This was an argument that I had not heard before. Any suggestions on how to weave it together with the Egyptian theology that viewed cats as divine? [Read more…]

Uncomfortable with Contradiction

The article from which the quote is taken is worth reading in its entirety. Here is another excerpt: Some people are confused about how certainty and uncertainty can both co-exist at the same time in science, while too many opportunists (creationists and climate change deniers for instance) are ready to pounce on shreds of uncertain knowledge [Read More…]

The Poor You Will Always Have With You

Liz Theoharis writes: Keeping in mind these emphases of Deuter­onomy, we can grasp the liberative dimension of Jesus’ words in Matthew 26:11, “you always have the poor with you.” After an unnamed prophetess anoints him to be ruler of God’s kingdom, Jesus responds by quoting to his disciples from Deuter­on­omy 15:11, which is embedded in [Read More…]