Up, Up, and Away!

Today was the Feast of the Ascension. There are two favorite quotes of mine related to the ascension, which I have shared at least twice before on this blog. Here they are again: First, Keith Ward (The Big Questions in Science and Religion, p.107): We now know that, if [Jesus] began ascending two thousand years ago, [Read More…]

Was Jesus a Seditionist?

A recent article by Fernando Bermejo-Rubio in The Bible and Interpretation raised the question of whether Jesus was a “seditionist” – which he defines as “The hypothesis that Jesus of Nazareth and his followers were in fundamental sympathy with the principles of the members of the anti-Roman resistance groups, the use of violence not excepted [Read More…]

Young-Earth Creationists Living in Sin

It is interesting to read the sorts of things one finds on the Answers in Genesis website about sin. There are studies on the topic by the organization’s leaders and members, as well as classic sermons by Charles Spurgeon. For instance, Spurgeon says: “Every man who believes Christ obeys him; believing and obeying always run side by [Read More…]

Historical Research around the Blogosphere

Kevin Brown has finished reviewing Richard Carrier’s book.  I’ve shared other parts previously, but now you can read part three, part four, and part five. In the final part of the review, Brown sums up his assessment this way: All in all, I found this book to be pretty mediocre. Richard Carrier states in his bio on his blog [Read More…]

Bart Ehrman and the Quest of the Historical Jesus of Nazareth

Tom Verenna drew a new book to my attention, Bart Ehrman and the Quest of the Historical Jesus of Nazareth. He has now written a very negative review of the volume. Although Richard Carrier is a contributor to the volume, and says that Tom’s review is too scathing, Carrier’s own review is not much less [Read More…]

John, Jesus, and History Conference

Tom Thatcher sent around the news about an exciting-looking conference to be held in Baltimore prior to SBL in November, on the theme of John, Jesus, and History. The keynote address will be by James Dunn. [Read more…]

Richard Carrier, Jesus, and Heracles

I was struck by a statement Richard Carrier made on his blog, and I wonder whether it is not telling of something fundamentally amiss in his approach to the matter of the historical Jesus. Carrier mentions a talk which he will be giving, in which he will ask “what it might mean to study Jesus [Read More…]

Your Kingdom Come

This is a recording of a song I wrote recently. Here are the lyrics: Your Kingdom Come Kingdom of misfits Fellowship of fools The company you’re keeping Breaks all the rules We say we accept you And just hate your friends Betrayed with a kiss is How that story ends You were teaching us we [Read More…]

Talpiotpalooza

There have been a number of articles and blog posts in recent days related to the burial of Jesus in general, and the claim that a tomb in the Talpiot neighborhood of Jerusalem is the place where Jesus was buried. Here are the relevant links to three recent articles in The Bible and Interpretation: James Tabor wrote [Read More…]

Ken Ham, Moses, and Jesus

Ken Ham has posted a reaction on Facebook to an image I shared on my blog yesterday (you can read the comments from his cronies there). I’ll share the text of his Facebook post here and then discuss it: Come on James McGrath, do you really think stooping to such lows befits a professor at [Read More…]


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