Slavery to the Fear of Death

Richard Beck’s words in a recent blog post seemed to me meme-worthy. Here is the quote (with a little extra, to show that it is worth clicking through to read the whole thing) – the meme is at the end of the post below… And as the fear of death falls upon us so does [Read More…]

Why Jesus Died

The quote comes from my post “Remembering the Needs of the Many at Christmas.” [Read more…]

Sherlock on God

The return of Sherlock on New Year’s Day included a request for Sherlock to become a godparent, which leads him to comment on God. In the episode Sherlock says, “God is a ludicrous fiction, dreamt up by inadequates who abnegate all responsibility to an invisible magic friend.” Yet in the same episode, Sherlock shows himself unable [Read More…]

2016

2016. People keep saying it can’t get worse and 2016 keeps saying, “hold my drink.” – Rose LaVista — James F. McGrath (@ReligionProf) December 28, 2016 [Read more…]

Death Before The Fall

Ronald Osborn’s book Death Before the Fall is one that I put off reading for a while, because its title and subtitle seemed to be narrowly focused on things that I was not as concerned about as I once was. But the volume is not in fact just limited to a treatment of things that [Read More…]

Philippians 2 and the Historical Jesus

It has been interesting to revisit the death of Jesus in my historical Jesus class this year. I’ve passed through phases of naive credulity and extreme skepticism with respect to the Gospels and other early Christian sources, and am now trying to find a place of balance between the two. On the one hand, there [Read More…]

Doctor Who: Heaven Sent

This episode begins with a monologue about the sense of life being lived in constant threat of danger and death. The Doctor thinks about Clara’s death, and is angry in a way that we have rarely seen. The Doctor has been brought to a castle, but with TV screens on the walls. The Doctor realizes [Read More…]

Doctor Who: Face the Raven

Due to the AAR/SBL conference and Thanksgiving, I am more than a week behind in blogging about the latest Doctor Who episodes. And so I will get caught up with two blog posts today – and then will soon get back to finishing off my blogging through the classic series, which I finished rewatching a [Read More…]

Doctor Who: The Woman Who Lived

The title of the episode “The Woman Who Lived” is noteworthy in the way it not only indicates that this is a sequel to last week’s “The Girl Who Died,” but also the things it hints about Ashildr’s life after the Doctor used an alien repair kit to save her life – rendering her effectively [Read More…]

Problems With Penal Substitution

DISAMBIGUATION: This blog post is not about penile substitution – for information on that topic, go here. Penal substitution is a phrase used to describe a particular view of the atonement, which says that Jesus took the place of the guilty in bearing God’s judgment due to them. Mike Bird (responding to William Walker) and Andrew Perriman (responding [Read More…]