Why is the Futurist Interpretation of Revelation so Popular?

Last Sunday in my Sunday school class, we continued to explore general and introductory topics related to the Book of Revelation, which we’re planning on studying over the course of the next several months. A question I posed is why, in view of the evidence to the contrary in the Book of Revelation itself, the [Read More…]

Are the Bible and the Qur’an like TRON?

This image has been circulating on Reddit and elsewhere: I think it is an interesting comparison to think about – as one who has blogged on more than one occasion about the relationship between religion and both the original Tron movie and the sequel Tron: Legacy. On the one hand, it certainly is mistaken to [Read More…]

No Amen To That!

The above cartoon from The Ongoing Adventures of ASBO Jesus makes a crucially important point. Very often, Christians allow themselves to be manipulated by those who speak with confidence and enthusiasm – and in some cases, understand such manipulation to be the very essence of their faith. Many Christians believe that it is the definition [Read More…]

The Elephant in the Room

Via Danut Manastireanu [Read more…]

This Life Matters

Religion that focuses entirely on an afterlife is at best Gnosticism and at worst nonsense. Which is fine if you are happy being in one or both of those categories. But if not, then here are some things to think about. As I emphasize in my book The Burial of Jesus, the doctrine of the [Read More…]

Translating (Away) The Son of God

I’ve been meaning for some time to come back to a topic that has been garnering attention, the news that some Bible translations aimed at predominantly Islamic contexts were not using the phrase “son of God”, ever since I circulated an online article mentioning the news and was met with expressions of concern because that [Read More…]

Does Reading the Bible Lead to Atheism? Does Losing Faith Save one from Fundamentalism?

Hemant Mehta shared this cartoon about the year after the “Year of the Bible” in Pennsylvania: Reading the Bible can indeed lead to people losing their faith, if their faith was placed in the Bible, which they believed to be inerrant. But that is only a natural (or perhaps nearly inevitable) outcome if one has [Read More…]

Is the New Testament Evidence Compatible with Jesus having been Buried in Talpiot?

Many news outlets and blogs are talking¬†about the second first-century tomb in Talpiot that James Tabor and Simcha Jacobovici have investigated and written about in The Jesus Discovery. Having recently discussed the subject of Jesus’ burial in my book The Burial of Jesus: What Does History Have to Do with Faith?, I have my own [Read More…]

Biblicism in a Single Image

David Hayward has created yet another excellent cartoon: The irony, of course, is that many Biblicists will not get this, because they cannot envisage a distinction between what God or Jesus says on the one hand, and the Bible on the other. [Read more…]

Does the Earth Rotate? Check Out What REAL Biblical Literalism Looks Like

This video has everything one would expect from pseudoscientific charlatans like Ken Ham and his ilk. Appeal to the Bible as the ultimate authority on all matters, emphasis that if the Bible is wrong about one thing then it could be wrong about others, scientific misinformation, denunciation of what scientists claim and demand people without [Read More…]