Happy Easter!

Look closely at the icon… HT Bob Cargill on Facebook. [Read more…]

Christians who don’t believe in the Resurrection?

Hemant Mehta and Ian Paul both blogged about the statistic (which the BBC also reported on) indicating the percentage of Christians who do not believe Jesus rose from the dead. The former thinks these individuals are confused, while the latter thinks they are non-active Christians. This is probably true of at least some of them. It is [Read More…]

Christ the Avenger

IO9 drew attention to the posted above, created by a Mexican church. What do you make of it? Does this detract from Easter, from The Avengers, or both? Or might it just generate some interesting conversations? [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…]

Easter Sunday School

After I shared my last Sunday school class session about ideas of the afterlife in the Jewish Scripture/Christian Old Testament, several people expressed the desire that I record the next session, in which we’d be moving on to the New Testament and beyond. And so here it is, as per your request. The class is typically more [Read More…]

Jesus Christ is Risen Today (Special Version for 2016)

Bob Royalty shared on Facebook this set of new lyrics he wrote for a well-known Easter hymn, with words that reflect the profound divisions between the Eastern and Western churches over the date of Easter: Jesus Christ is risen today! A-a-a-a-a-le-e-u-u-ia. Or is it the First of May? A-a-a-a-a-le-e-u-u-ia. Hung up on 14 Nisan, A-a-a-a-a-le-e-u-u-ia. [Read More…]

Jedi Easter

Hemant Mehta pointed out the above Easter display, set up in the Wisconsin Capitol Building as a form of protest over the other religious displays. It is clearly based on the flyer that I shared here previously. The fact that it relates to religion and Star Wars would be enough justification for sharing it. But [Read More…]

Jesus’ (Facebook) Friends

Three cartoons on this theme by Tim “Spike” Davis. One of the things that Christians think about during this season is Jesus' teaching about loving our enemies, and how he put it into practice to the last. Can I not forgive my Facebook friends' posts that seem hateful to me, and do so not just [Read More…]

Saint Schrödinger

This cartoon by Kevin Frank came to my attention via Facebook. It brings together Easter and quantum science. There is a sense in which the thought experiment is an interesting one. Would you look inside the tomb and see either that Jesus’ body is still there or that it is gone? Or would you prefer to [Read More…]

Myths, Messiahs, and Minimalisms

Simon Joseph blogged about the myth of the dying Messiah. He writes: The myth of the Dying Messiah originated in and was generated by the suffering and death of a messianic Jesus… Jesus’ first followers suffered from cognitive dissonance. The predominant model of early Jewish messianism was the militaristic Davidic warrior-king. The fact that Jesus did not “fulfill” the role [Read More…]