Mark 7:27-28 for the Birds

This is another attempt to update a saying of Jesus into imagery that might make more sense to people today. After all, the dogs in most homes of Bible readers do not settle for crumbs. Some have their own dishes, and some eat from the plates of the “masters.” And so I thought that at the [Read More…]

Heroes of the Bible

I recently learned of the existence of a “Heroes of the Bible” expansion for the game Mare Nostrum: Empires by Academy Games. There is more information on the Academy Games website, as well as Board Game Geek. Have any of you played this game, whether the Bible form or any other? The inclusion of Bible [Read More…]

Many Jesuses?

There isn’t really debate about the plural of “Jesus.” If it were Latin, then perhaps “Jesi” would be appropriate. But as the Anglicized rendering of the Greek form of a Semitic name, it is better to go with “Jesuses.” I have yet to even begin watching the TV series American Gods, but I gather that it [Read More…]

Iesus Deus

I have been meaning to blog for a while about David Litwa’s book Iesus Deus.  It offers a compelling case for acknowledging that Judaism’s distinctive emphasis on exclusive worship did not exclude the possibility of other figures being “divinized.” Here are some quotes and excerpts, to whet your appetite (since I read the book on my Kindle, [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…]

Not What I Planted

This cartoon by David Hayward seems like a suitable updating of the parable of the wheat and the tares from the Gospel of Matthew. What do you think? [Read more…]

Happy Mothers’ Day!

  Kevin Frank shared this on Facebook, and it seemed the best thing for me to share for this occasion. Happy mother’s day, whether you are a mother, or celebrating with your mom, or remembering a mother who is no longer present. Everyone can find a reason to celebrate today – whatever you may or [Read More…]

Jesus vs. the GOP

The contrasting quotes come via Jonathan Bernier on Facebook. In making the meme, I chose two images of Jesus interacting with people with preexisting conditions. [Read more…]

Doctor Who: Thin Ice

The Doctor and Bill land in London 1814, and the episode starts with lots of interesting discussions of the danger of time travel to a time when slavery still exists, as well as the potential to step on a butterfly and alter the future. With respect to the latter, the Doctor says it is just [Read More…]

Applying the Baloney-Detection Kit

Skeptic magazine recently shared the Baloney-Detection Kit infographic below. I would challenge P. Z. Myers and Jerry Coyne to apply it to the mythicist bunk that they so gullibly embrace and promulgate. See also Paul Braterman’s recent article on the limits of logic, and Alison Head and John Wihbey’s article “The Importance of Truth Workers [Read More…]