Just How Bad is Mythicism?

Neil Godfrey posted about peer-reviewed journals and how the peer review process is imperfect, if not indeed deeply flawed, and thus even problematic studies manage to get through into peer-reviewed journals in the sciences. And if that is true in the sciences, surely it is also true in the domain of history. And so what [Read More…]

Jesus as God in the Gospel of Mark?

Michael Kruger wrote a blog post about Jesus as God in the Gospel of Mark. His argument is that, in the Scriptural citations towards the beginning of the Gospel (which the author of Mark, or the Greek text he draws upon, actually rewords), texts which in Isaiah and Malachi refer to the preparation of the coming [Read More…]

Religion and Suicide Bombing

The blog Friendly Atheist (sparked by an article by Sam Harris) recently discussed the Pew Forum statistic concerning the number of Muslims who say that suicide bombing is never justified. There are lots of different ways that one could take this. One thing that is noteworthy is how different the answers are depending on the location [Read More…]

Around the Blogosphere

There are so many interesting posts today on blogs that I subscribe to, as well as a few backlogged ones that I had not managed to find the time to blog about yet, that I thought it made sense to do a round-up. I can start with Larry Hurtado, who posted about a week ago [Read More…]

Selective Skepticism

An op-ed piece I wrote about the attention Joseph Atwill has been getting lately has appeared on The Bible and Interpretation website. The title is “Selective Skepticism.”   [Read more…]

“Simply pretending to hold a watermelon does not validate your argument”

“Simply pretending to hold a watermelon does not validate your argument.” – Steve Caruso Via Robert Cargill. See also the posts by Nathan Campbell, Tom Verenna, and Joel Watts about Joseph Atwill’s claims for more of the background. (UPDATE: Now see also posts by Unreasonable Faith, Richard Carrier, and JT Eberhard)   [Read more…]

Solus Iesus?

David Hayward shared this cartoon of his: The question of whether Christianity should be community-focused, Bible-focused, or Jesus-focused is itself the focus of a lot of ongoing debate. Most would acknowledge, at least in theory, that Jesus should be the center. But it is debatable whether one can really have “Jesus alone” any more than [Read More…]

My Fellow Americans

I found this cartoon yesterday on the Polyp website when I was working on my recent post about conspiracy theories and Margaret Atwood’s novel The Year of the Flood. I appreciated its satirical treatment of our tendency to think of Jesus as one of us, one who could address us in this way with no sense [Read More…]

Jesus Mythbusting

Several people on Facebook drew my attention to a misleading press release about Joseph Atwill, who is listed there as a “Biblical scholar,” even though there is no evidence that he has relevant qualifications or research to his name. His view is similar to ones that have been discussed on this blog before. The press [Read More…]

Jesus Actively Supported Hand-Outs

These were inspired by some clever puns by Candida Moss, about how the stories about him healing of the lame show that Jesus wanted people to stand on their own two feet, while the story of him healing a man with a withered hand shows that Jesus was in favor of hand-outs.   [Read more…]